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The Birth of a News Bureau

It started with a happy hour – or the lack thereof. Happy hours are banned in the state of Vermont because, the state says, it is beneficial to society. The policy raises questions, however. How helpful is it to the local economy? And are happy hours the type of thing the state should be banning in the first place?

Reporting for Vermont Watchdog, journalist Jon Street decided to dig deeper into the law and give voice to both sides of the debate. It was his first story for the Franklin Center’s newest bureau. Just a week later, Street produced another story about the city of Burlington’s attempt to exploit a legal loophole in the name of gun control, garnering national attention.

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A Note From Our President

Dear Reader,

Our first two months of business in Vermont have been a resounding success. From investigating gun control loopholes to exposing political spin in the state's unemployment figures, Vermont Watchdog reporters Jon Street and Yael Osskowski have sent quite the notice to the Green Mountain State's declining legacy media corps. Vermont Watchdog has already been cited multiple times by national publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Fox News. As Vermont attempts to implement a first-in-the-nation socialized single-payer health care system, 2014 promises to be a year of great challenges and great stories for the bureau.

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity


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