Montpelier, VT – In his state-of the state speech, Vermont Governor James Douglas has proposed some major state tax policy changes. The move surprised most observers, but a day later, there are questions whether the tax plan will provide significant relief. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Boston, MA – A report yesterday showed that confidence among Massachusetts businesses reached its highest level in nearly three years. Companies said they expect an improving economy that will lead to more sales and hiring. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Montpelier, VT – The Vermont House and Senate get down to business today with the start of the 2004 Legislative session. The key event on today's agenda is at 2 o'clock when Governor James Douglas gives his state-of-the state address. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talked to House and Senate leaders on their priorities for this session.
Poughkeepsie, NY – New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has written to President Bush, saying she hopes his administration does not intend to slash job training funds or housing assistance programs in the fiscal year 2005 budget proposal. The Democratic Senator's letter comes after media reports over the weekend suggested such cuts were forthcoming. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Boston, MA – There have been repeated signs that the Massachusetts economy is looking up: unemployment claims are declining as payrolls stabilize. Yesterday, state officials announced the state collected much more in revenue than it had anticipated...but warned that further cuts may be on the horizon. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson talked with political science expert about the latest news.
Albany, NY – A trio of good government groups released their "State-of-the-State's Ethics" report today. The government reform groups are calling on Governor Pataki to include creation of a new, independent ethics commission in his State of the State address this week. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Kingston, NY – The turnover in mayors of New York's cities continues strongly from two years ago. There were forty-two mayoral elections in November 2002 that yielded twenty new mayors. That translates into nearly one of every three cities in New York State having a new mayor this New Year. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Florida, MA – A proposed wind farm in Western Massachusetts plans to produce wind energy by this time next year. It secured key approval recently from the state, moving it a step closer to becoming New England's largest commercial wind farm. More from WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson.
Saranac Lake, NY – The Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake is a biomedical research facility focusing on diseases of the lungs. The latest research at the Institute finds that the younger someone is when immunized against disease, the more effective it will be in the long-run. The research has implications for how vaccines are developed and when they should be given. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke to the lead researcher for the study.
Rhinebeck, NY – Joel Tyner was sworn in yesterday as Dutchess County legislator for District Eleven, serving the Towns of Clinton and Rhinebeck. He was considered the underdog back in November. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne interviewed Tyner about his agenda for his two-year term.