Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders moderated a town hall on Inequality in America Monday evening. He brought together outspoken advocates to discuss what they see as the decline of the middle class and risks of an oligarchy, and offer potential solutions.
Lake Champlain International Executive Director James Ehlers is known in Vermont for his outspoken environmental advocacy especially when it comes to the state’s waters. He has never held elective office but last July announced he would challenge first-term Republican Governor Phil Scott. Ehlers, a Democrat, says he entered the race because he feels the people’s voice is missing from the governor’s office.
Two weeks ago, Adirondack interests raised concerns about an item Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget that would shift how New York pays property taxes to local communities on lands it owns in the Adirondacks. Now, a “Forever Taxable” Coalition has been formed to oppose a Payment in Lieu of Taxes system in the Adirondacks and Catskills.
New York state wants to replace a stretch of train tracks in the Adirondacks with a recreational trail for bicycling, walking, snowmobiling and other uses. But after losing a lawsuit, the Adirondack Park Agency is now proposing a change in the Adirondack land-use plan in hopes of clearing the way for the 34-mile multi-use trail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid.
Relations between the city of Plattsburgh and the town of Plattsburgh have worsened. The city of Plattsburgh on Tuesday filed suit against the adjacent town, claiming that a Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement has been violated and the city is owed more than a million dollars.
A candidate describing himself as a conservative constitutionalist Republican is challenging first-term incumbent Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott. Keith Stern, who entered the race in November, says the main reason he is running is that the state of Vermont is rapidly becoming unaffordable.
Mountain Lake PBS held a forum on the dairy crisis Monday evening, covering how historically low milk prices are impacting farmers. It comes at the same time New York U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand announced new legislation aimed at bolstering a safety net that farmers say doesn’t work.
The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is recommending the lowest number of moose hunting permits in the modern era as the herd continues to decline from infestations of ticks and brain worms believed to be caused by the warming climate.
On Town Meeting Day in Vermont, Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger was re-elected to a third term. During his victory speech Tuesday evening, he told supporters it had been a hard-fought campaign — one in which he learned from his two challengers. The mayor spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about the results and his plans for the city over the next three years.