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Alcohol, Gas and Fertilizer to Pay for Water
To cut down on pollution in Lake Champlain and other Vermont waters, lawmakers are considering raising taxes on rooms and meals, alcohol, gas, diesel and agricultural fertilizer, and adding a $5 per night fee on hotel stays.

Marina slip rentals, parking spaces, self-storage facilities and limousine services would be newly subjected to the 6 percent sales and use tax.

The total package being drafted in the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife would raise about $50 million per year.

The bill would also retain a 0.2 percent property tax surcharge that’s currently scheduled to end in 2018. Revenue from the gas and diesel tax increases would go into the Transportation Fund, rather than the Clean Water Fund like most of the money, to help pay mitigate pollution from road runoff.

 
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Weed Harvesters Aide in Hydro-power Production - Nearly 95% of Malawi's power is generated by hydropower on the Shire River, but sedimentation and weed infestation hinder efficiency. Today MCC Principal Deputy Vice President Kyeh Kim joined U.S. Embassy Lilongwe Ambassador Virginia Palmer to celebrate the commissioning and hand-over of two new weed harvesters by MCA-Malawi to the Electricity Generation Company Malawi Limited. These harvesters, manufactured and supplied by Aquarius Systems in Wisconsin, will help to improve the generation capacity of Malawi's hydro-power plants.


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