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Shumlin to roll health report into budget

Jan 15, 2013

A law passed in 2011 set Tuesday, Jan. 15, as the day the administration was to give lawmakers answers to the often asked question of how the Green Mountain Care single-payer health plan will be paid for.

Administration officials say they now want a bit more time — until Jan. 24, when Shumlin is scheduled to deliver his annual budget address to lawmakers — to outline the plan's possible financing.

Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, says such requests for extensions are not uncommon.

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DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Activists say they will protest at a Wal-Mart in Danbury demanding the nation's largest retailer to halt gun sales in its stores.

Protesters, including survivors of gun violence, say they will gather Tuesday at the Danbury Wal-Mart near Newtown where 20 children and six educators were fatally shot at an elementary school last month.

The protest, scheduled for 11 a.m., is organized by, a watchdog group.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson is traveling to Washington, D.C., to discuss gun violence prevention.

Robinson is scheduled to be part of a panel discussion on Wednesday. It's being organized by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro co-chairs.

The hearing is titled "Gun Violence Prevention: A Call to Action." The event is expected to focus on what can be done to prevent future gun violence based on the experience of the panelists.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state legislature's Judiciary Committee will be questioning former Stamford state Sen. Andrew McDonald about his nomination to the state Supreme Court.

The committee will hold a public hearing Monday on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's nominations of McDonald and other judicial nominees. The panel is expected to vote afterward and send the nominations to the full legislature.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Philadelphia man faces sentencing in Connecticut for stealing credit cards from women's pocketbooks he reached while crawling on movie theater floors.

Anthony Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Hartford. A jury in October found him guilty of charges of using stolen credit cards and identity theft.

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BOSTON (AP) — Advocates for people with developmental disabilities are hailing a decision by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to sign a bill easing IQ eligibility restrictions for services.

The new law will prevent the state Department of Developmental Services from automatically denying eligibility to people scoring above 70 on IQ tests.


NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — People involved in Vermont's continuing effort to recover from Tropical Storm Irene are set to gather at Norwich University in Northfield to assess how far they've come and the future of those efforts.

BOSTON (AP) — A second Massachusetts congressman is pushing the House to amend a disaster relief bill to massively increase emergency funds for fishermen.

Rep. Bill Keating says he'll propose lawmakers redirect $111 million in a Superstorm Sandy relief bill from a weather satellite program to fishermen from the Northeast, Gulf Coast and Alaska.

He says in a letter to House colleagues Thursday that the weather program's deficiencies should be addressed in different legislation. Meanwhile, he said, the historic fishing industry is facing a crisis, as catch reductions loom.


 Republican Linda McMahon and Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy are facing off in their second debate in Connecticut's close race for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Thursday's hour-long event will be held at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, beginning at 7 p.m. It will air live on FOX CT, as well as some radio stations.

It is sponsored by the Hartford Courant, FOX CT and the Connecticut Daily Newspaper Association.


Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren are hoping to use the momentum of their third debate to reach out to undecided voters as they head into the final weeks of Massachusetts' hard-fought Senate race.

Warren is planning to visit a bakery and fire station in Holyoke on Thursday before visiting a second fire station in Worcester.

Brown's public schedule wasn't immediately available.


 Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren are set to square off for their third debate in Massachusetts' U.S. Senate race.

The debate takes place at Springfield Symphony Hall at 7 p.m. It's the only debate in the western part of the state.

The face-off comes a day after Brown received the endorsement of former Republican New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Warren met with construction workers at a Boston work site.

As the candidates gear up, outside groups are, too, hoping to affect the outcome of the high-profile race.


Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren jousted on everything from immigration reform and Afghanistan to jobs and the Supreme Court during their second televised debate.

Brown began Monday's match-up by demanding Warren release her personnel records at Harvard University, even as he conceded she is "a qualified academic."

Warren pressed Brown for more information on the clients he represented as a private attorney and said if elected to the Senate, Brown would help fellow Republicans block President Barack Obama's agenda.

In New England, a Republican Senator and Senate candidate are distance themselves from remarks made by GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney about how 47 percent of Americans depend on government and believe they are victims and entitled to benefits.

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown said that's not the way he views the world. He also said too many people are being forced to seek assistance for lack of jobs. Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren said Romney's comments showed a "separate category of contempt" for half the people in Massachusetts and half the people in America.


The AARP is holding a series of forums across the region to collect voter input on federal policies affecting Social Security and Medicare.

The AARP has started its “You’ve Earned A Say” campaign, holding forums, town halls, webcasts and meetings to get people to discuss Social Security and Medicare. Launched in March, the AARP will soon hold a series of meetings in New York and Vermont. AARP Senior Vice President for Campaigns John Hishta.

A study has found that a broad range of interests agree on what type of development strategy is best for the Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance heard the results during its annual meeting this week.

Members of the liberal leaning political action committee MoveOn dot org  are trying to keep the focus on  Mitt Romney’s business record.  As WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports there was a demonstration scheduled Friday outside Romney’s campaign headquarters in Boston.

   Move On members  called on  Romney to release more than just the one year of income tax returns he’s previously disclosed.  Pat Fiero, a Move On organizer in western Massachusetts said the financial disclosures are about integrity and principles.

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Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin recently announced three initiatives that would be included on the upcoming November ballot. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Galvin on Wednesday announced that voters will be the ones to decide on three controversial ballot questions this November.