Health Care Experiment Aims for Healthier Patients, Lower Costs

Should insurers pay doctors and hospitals based on what they do or how well they do it?

Vermont City Wants to Be an Opioid 'Role Model'; Iowa Mayor's Solution for Local Minimum Wage Hikes

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Colorado's marijuana "gray market" dangerous?; Trump supporters harass Seattle council member; Florida panther's river crossing a good sign.

Is This Vermont City's Refugee Resettlement Plan Sustainable?

Part 2: Resettling 100 refugees could be complicated if there isn't adequate affordable housing or employment. “There are so many unanswered questions,” according to Alderwoman Sharon Davis.

How a Refugee Resettlement Plan Stirred Controversy in Vermont

Part 1: One mayor sees economic promise in opening his city’s doors to displaced Syrians and other refugees. But some critics see peril. “Rutland really is a microcosm for the rest of the nation in the summer of 2016,” according to Mayor Chris Louras.

Secessionists in the States Dream of Declaring Independence

From Alaska to Vermont to Texas to California, separatist movements across the country are having a moment in the midst of the 2016 presidential election.

Vermont Passes Legislation Authorizing Dental Therapists

Midlevel providers will help dentists deliver care to more underserved residents statewide.

Vermont Governor’s Wife Depicts Reporters as Feral Cows; Another Controversial North Carolina Bill

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Pennsylvania closes in on liquor system overhaul; Alaskans might not get as much money from the state government this year; and Colin forces St. Petersburg sewage dumping.

Vermont’s $20,000 Price for Releasing Emails; Hockey Team’s Move Burns County Taxpayers

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Two tough options for NYC subway closure; Seattle’s female council members face misogynistic attacks on arena vote; and Idaho’s public land sales.

Automatic Voter Registration Comes to Vermont

The Green Mountain State could expand its electorate by thousands under a new law signed Thursday.

State DOTs Are Turning to Drones for Bridge Inspections and Other Work

The agencies see unmanned aircraft as a way to save money and curb risks, according to new information from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Vermont Governor: To Combat Opioid Crisis, the Way Pain Pills Are Prescribed Must Change

“It isn’t the drug dealers from South America that are our biggest challenge, it’s our federally-approved drugs that we’re passing out like candy,” according to Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Vermont Wants Federal OK for Its ‘All Payer’ Health Care Proposal

The state hopes its plan will help eliminate inefficiencies that stem from the different rules, standards and payment methods now found across those three types of “payers.”

Vermont State Workers Duped in Tax-Season Phishing Scam

This attack may have “looked more professional” than others, but there was a big red flag, too.

States Let Commercial Walk-in Health Clinics Grow Unregulated

Commercial walk-in clinics now provide basic health care for millions of Americans, and states have let them grow largely unregulated.

Are GMO Labels Coming to Vermont?

The processed-food industry has been fighting hard to stop a law before it takes effect in the Green Mountain State.

Did These States Help Stifle Innovation in 2015?

Vote for the best example of policymakers opposing technology in ITIF’s Luddite Award poll.

These Two Major Metros Saw a Decrease in Small Business Activity in 2015

Charlotte was one them, according to the Kauffman Foundation's new Main Street Entrepreneurship Index.

Tar Heel Lawmakers Battle Over Gays, Immigrants, Environment; Authorities Raid Minneapolis Day Cares

Also: Illinois universities, students scramble during budget impasse and Vermont’s ‘Governor Transparency’ is also ‘King of Controlling the Message’

New England Struggles to Counter Heroin Addiction

Prescription drug abuse is also a huge problem across the region. Instead of more tough law enforcement, is a treatment-first approach the answer?