Proposal to Combine Recreation Services for Essex Town and Essex Junction Fails at the Polls

December 14, 2016

"The proposal to combine recreation services between Essex’s two departments failed on Tuesday due in large part to town residents who decisively shot down the measure, preliminary results show.

Village voters passed the special ballot 701 to 420. Also considered Essex Town voters, village residents who cast ballots as town residents approved it, 688 to 412.

Town residents, who would have seen a tax increase under the recreation district, failed the proposal 333 to 1346, making the town’s combined vote 1,021 in favor and 1,758 against."

2016 Vermont Nonprofit Wage & Benefit Report

December 12, 2016

Common Good Vermont is pleased to release the Vermont Edition of the 2016 Report on Nonprofit Wages and Benefits in Northern New England. 

250th Anniversary of First Freedom of Information Law

December 07, 2016

December 2, 2016 marked the 250th anniversary of the world's first freedom of press and access to information law.  A quarter of a millennium ago, Sweden's Parliament passed the law that abolished state censorship and gave people the right to access unpublished information. 

Stand Tall for Free Speech and #GivingTuesday

November 30, 2016

With your support, we will continue to make sure that public access channels remain open, government operates in the light of day, and free speech remains a cherished value in our community.

Stand Tall for Free Speech and #GivingTuesday

November 30, 2016

With your support, we will continue to make sure that public access channels remain open, government operates in the light of day, and free speech remains a cherished value in our community.

What's Ahead? Deep Community

November 14, 2016

The week before the November election, international community organizer Paul Born visited Vermont to answer the question of how we make long term social change happen. He described the importance of Deep Community, places where doors are open between people, times when we share our stories, and experiences that involve taking care of each other and working together for a better world.

Live Election Night Coverage by Channel 17

November 04, 2016

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8th, Vermonters interested the outcome of this year’s local, state and national elections can tune in to Channel 17/Town Meeting Television’s “Local Votes 2016” program airing live on Comcast and BT Channel 17 and 317. Special coverage will also be streamed live on www.CH17.TV.

Burlington Town Center Redevelopment

November 01, 2016

On Tuesday, November 8, Burlington voters will be asked two questions related to the redevelopment of the Burlington Town Center mall. We've produced several programs this month that might help you decide where you stand.

Local Access Organizations Sign Forward Thinking Agreement with Burlington Telecom

October 18, 2016

An interactive program guide, HD channels, video on demand, improving local PEG channel quality, are just a few examples of this agreement meeting community needs for the creation and distribution of locally produced media. Creatives, citizens, nonprofits, activists and local municipalities all avail themselves of community access services. The support of Burlington Telecom for the work of local community access centers shows a continued support for the citizens and residents of Burlington. 

Debate Sunday - Top Three Races, All Candidates Invited, One Day

October 16, 2016

The Vermont Press Association is sponsoring "Debate Sunday" to allow voters a chance to hear the candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general on Sunday Oct. 23, at St. Michael's College. All candidates for the three statewide offices are invited to the event, which is being held in conjunction with the St. Michael's College Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts Department.