Monday, December 30, 2013

WVTK Local & State News December 30, 2013

Green Mountain Power will be adding a storm surcharge to your bill starting next month.  Officials say the storm surcharge of $1.53 is being added to your bill to help offset the cost of four major storms in 2013.  They add that GMP does budget for a certain number of storms but a major event is not included in their budget.  They deal with major events separately so that customers are only paying for a major storm if it occurs.  

Fire destroyed a Bristol home Sunday afternoon, but the two dogs inside managed to survive.  Bristol firefighters say when they arrived at the scene on Lower Notch Road about two-thirds of the home was engulfed in flames.  When the fire was finally put out, the two dogs, covered with soot, crawled out from under a deck.  One was taken to the Williston Animal Hospital by a firefighter and the homeowners, who arrived when it was all over, got the other dog.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles is going to be issuing a new kind of driver’s licenses and non-driver identification cards.  Starting January 2nd, Vermonters will be able to obtain Real ID compliant identification in person at all motor vehicles offices.  To get a Real ID, you will need an original or certified copy of their birth certificate or other proof of identity, and proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the United States.  People will also need proof of their Social Security numbers.

Vermont’s lowest paid workers are going to be getting a 13 cents per hour raise.  On January 1st, the state’s minimum wage is going to increase to $8.73 per hour.  The minimum wage for workers who are tipped will increase by 6 cents to $4.23 an hour.  Vermont is one of 13 states increasing the minimum wage on the first of the year.  The national minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

Vermont police have issued a citation to a man they say was transporting $44,000 worth of liquor he'd bought in New Hampshire to New York.  Police say a Vermont state trooper stopped 34-year-old Andy Chan of Flushing, N.Y. on Interstate 91 in Putney Saturday night for a traffic violation.  During the stop, the trooper discovered numerous cases of liquor in Chan's van.  Police say Chan bought more than $44,000 worth of liquor in New Hampshire and was driving it to New York.  He was charged with violating state liquor transportation laws and ordered to appear in court in February.