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Lawmakers approve budget rescission plans

MONTPELIER — The Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Committee has unanimously backed a plan presented by the Scott administration to reduce General Fund spending in the 2018 fiscal year budget by $12.6 million. The panel of House and Senate members met Thursday to review the plan, which was necessitated by a revenue downgrade issued last month. Economists for Gov. Phil Scott and the Legislature downgraded expected state revenues for the current fiscal year by $28.8 million, including $16.3 million in pending corporate tax refunds carried over from the 2017 fiscal year. The state’s Emergency Board last month approved a plan to pay for the refunds. The state’s Transportation Fund was also downgraded by $3.5 million. Continue Reading →

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Shumlin administration sees more staff changes

MONTPELIER — Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears is is leaving the Shumlin administration to rejoin the faculty of Vermont Law School. Mears, who joined the administration in 2011, helped spearhead Gov. Peter Shumlin’s effort to pass clean water legislation during the last legislative session. He will return to VLS as the director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, the position he previously held at the school. Deputy Commissioner Alyssa Schuren will take over the department’s top spot on August 10. Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deborah Markowitz said Mears is leaving the state and the department “better than he found them.”

“From the Lake Champlain clean-up plan, to cleaning up polluted industrial sites so that they could again serve as community assets, David’s leadership has helped Vermont advance our shared environmental mission,” she said. Continue Reading →

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