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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Congressional Corner with Peter Welch - Part 1

  Partisanship is rampant in Washington, where a permanent campaign has taken hold. In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells Alan Chartock that he is working to forge partnerships across the aisle.

North Country News
6:20 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Advocates Offer Alternative “People’s Budget” for Vermont

Credit Vermont Workers Center

In a counter move to Governor Peter Shumlin’s budget address, a group of advocates have released what they call a “People’s Budget” for Vermont.

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North Country News
9:15 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Vermont Bill Weighs Sentencing Costs

A Senate committee is taking testimony on the bill that would require judges to consider the financial costs of possible sentences before imposing them.

Supporters say the intention is to improve results and save costs.

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North Country News
9:15 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Vermont Governor Wants More Time on Health Plan

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC

The administration of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says it wants more time to firm up the financing for a single-payer health plan to be in place by 2017.

A health care law passed two years ago gave the administration until this month to develop a financing plan. But hopes were then for a federal waiver that would allow the planned Green Mountain Care program to start in 2014. That waiver hasn't been forthcoming, pushing the date back three years.

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North Country News
6:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Vermont Governor Outlines Budget Proposal

Governor Peter Shumlin
Credit Vermont Governor's Office

One week later than originally planned, Vermont’s Governor outlined the state’s 2014 spending plan Thursday in his annual budget address

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin focused his fiscal plan on five areas that he said need bold transformation and targeted  investment.

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North Country News
8:21 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Vermont House gives final OK to budget adjustment

Credit WAMC

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House has given final approval to a mid-fiscal-year budget adjustment that takes savings from Medicaid and uses the money to address other growing demands in human services.

The biggest new line item is more than $4.5 million for the ReachUp program, which helps people move from welfare to work. Others are $3.2 million for child development and about $2 million each for general assistance and mental health.

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New England News
6:25 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Money on the minds of lawmakers in Vt.

Credit WAMC

    

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers will have money in mind for the next couple of days.

On Wednesday, the House is slated to take final action on a mid-year budget adjustment bill to respond to growing needs in human services.

Also Wednesday, the Emergency Board — made up of the governor and the four legislative money committee chairs — is scheduled to hear a new revenue forecast from two consulting economists.

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North Country News
11:40 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Vermont Green Groups Lay Out Agenda for Year

Vermont environmental groups are urging the Legislature to keep efforts to stem climate change at the center of its agenda.

A half dozen groups sent representatives to a Statehouse news conference on Tuesday to speak on issues ranging from the need for more money to weatherize Vermonters' homes to a ban on tar sands oil running through a pipeline that crosses northeastern Vermont.

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North Country News
11:15 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Gas Tax Down, So Officials Eye Levy on Mileage

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More carpooling, fuel economy, hybrids and electric cars may be good for the environment, but they're bad for state and federal transportation funds, which rely on taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel.

Now some states, including Vermont, are eyeing a "vehicle miles traveled" tax for bridge and road maintenance, where you pay not based on how much fuel you burned, but how far you went.

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North Country News
10:15 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Republican Lawmakers Call for Campaign Disclosures

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Republicans in the Vermont House and Senate are trying to get out in front on the issue of super-PACs, and the influence they're having on political campaigns.

Representatives Kurt Wright of Burlington, Ron Hubert of Milton and Tom Koch of Barre Town were among those speaking at a news conference Thursday where they outlined legislation they said would bring greater transparency to funding for political campaigns.

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