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H439, a Vermont bill to double the tax on most home heating fuels, passed the Vermont House this afternoon after lengthy debate. Read more

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The Vermont House Health Care Committee has brought out a bill (H.524) that at best has nothing to recommend it, and at worst, would make Vermont’s health care situation worse for thousands of innocent people. Read more

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ELIZABETHTOWN | Local firefighters may soon have a new place to complete hands-on field training. Read more

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ELIZABETHTOWN  | The Essex County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development Committee voted last week to move forward with a controversial proposal to raise the county’s tax on hotel rooms by 2 percent. Read more

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ELIZABETHTOWN | A proposal to increase the county’s tax on hotel rooms by 2 percent and direct that new revenue to fund local capital projects was put forward by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) Monday. Read more

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WILMINGTON | The state Department of Transportation (DOT) will begin using less salt on Route 86 between Lake Placid and Wilmington. Read more

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ELIZABETHTOWN | Essex County is ready with a preliminary 2019 budget that sits about $75,000 below the allowed 2.68 percent tax levy increase cap. Read more

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ELIZABETHTOWN | Essex County budget planners might add six new school resource officers, or SROs, to the county sheriff office’s 2019 budget. Read more

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ELIZABETHTOWN | County supervisors are working to find a site for the new Emergency Services fire training building. Read more

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WESTPORT | Essex County Supervisors discussed what to do about taxes that remained unpaid on Westport Golf Course properties. Read more

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ELIZABETHTOWN | An Essex County resolution opposing legalization of recreational marijuana skidded to a halt Monday. Read more

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ELIZABETHTOWN | Ongoing policy review of legalizing marijuana use in New York drew a thumbs down Monday in Essex County. Read more

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The State of Vermont has a problem: it likes to spend more than it takes in in revenues especially when it comes to the education budget. It also has a problem backing away from its reliance, more and more, on property taxes. Read more

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ELIZABETHTOWN | The Essex County Board of Supervisors voted to up the pay for county bus drivers Jan. 22, with some wondering if the current raise was even enough. Read more

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ELIZABETHTOWN | County lawmakers have tentatively abolished a local occupancy tax panel, citing redundancy and low participation. Read more

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ALBANY | Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t mincing words when it comes to the tax reform bill that cleared the U.S. Senate last week, calling it “trickle-down on steroids” and “a fraud” perpetrated on the American public. Read more

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Last week, the House Ways & Means Committee unveiled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which proposes sweeping tax reform, including several measures that directly affect the nonprofit sector. Read more

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ELIZABETHTOWN | House Republicans rolled out their tax reform plan last week. Read more

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Last  month, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) expressed strong opposition to provisions included in the recently released Unified Framework for Fixing our Broken Tax Code that would increase taxes for farmers across the country. Read more

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ELIZABETHTOWN | Essex County is looking to replace and modernize the financial software that keeps the county running. Read more

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