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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Travel is getting back on track for trains, ferries and airlines following a snowstorm that dropped record amounts of snow on parts of northern New England.

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after several vehicles crashed on Interstate 89 in South Burlington during the snowstorm.

Police say a trooper was helping a driver who had gone off the road on Friday when another car slid off the interstate. Police say a man who stopped to help the second vehicle was struck by a third vehicle that then hit the second car head on.

  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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