California has debuted a new cap-and-trade program that auctions greenhouse gas pollution permits. While there has been a lot of attention regarding the California program, there has been a similar program in place in the Northeast for several years.
Vermont officials held the first Public Budget Forum Tuesday evening to get citizen input on the formulation of the statewide budget.
In the last Legislative session, Act 162 was passed requiring the state of Vermont to “develop a process for citizen participation in the development of budget goals, as well as general prioritization and evaluation of spending and revenue initiatives.” The Vermont Workers Center had advocated for the law to be passed. Executive Director James Haslam says they sought more transparency and greater needs assessment in the budget process.
This is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Hunger-Free Vermont has challenged Vermonters to eat this week, nutritiously, on a food stamp budget. Among those who accepted is the mayor of Burlington and his family.
Governor Peter Shumlin will soon pick the person to fill the new position of Vermont secretary of education.
The state Board of Education on Tuesday approved the three finalists recommended by the board's search committee.
They are current Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca of Westford; Daniel French, superintendent of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union in Manchester; and Brent Kay, superintendent of the Orange Southwest Supervisory Union in Randolph.
A neighbor is challenging the state's plans to open a temporary mental health facility in Middlesex to help replace the Vermont State Hospital which was flooded by Tropical Storm Irene.
When Irene flooded the state hospital more than a year ago, patients were sent to other facilities around the state. The loss of the hospital put strains on emergency services, with some patients waiting days for a bed to become available.
The state wanted to open the temporary facility in January while a permanent 25-bed hospital in Berlin is built.