Nearly 800,000 people who illegally entered the U.S. as children years ago have been protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in recent years. But last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the program would be eliminated in six months and the so-called Dreamers would be subject to deportation. President Trump gave Congress six months to address the issue. The move to eliminate the program angered many, including education officials. Castleton University President David Wolk won’t say how many Dreamers are enrolled at the Vermont college. And he says it’s stunning that DACA is now a public policy issue.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed an Executive Order Thursday creating a Marijuana Advisory Commission. The members are tasked with crafting recommendations to address the health, public safety and regulatory issues surrounding the possible legalization of recreational marijuana in the state.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued its 2016 Household Food Security report. It finds about 12.3 percent of American households were food insecure at some point during 2016, down from 12.7 percent in 2015. The report indicates Vermont and New York followed that national trend.
In 1957, the Moran Municipal Generating Station began generating electricity for the city of Burlington. In 1982, it shut down and ownership was transferred to the city in 1986. Since then a number of unsuccessful proposals have been made to redevelop the building. Three years ago, voters approved a ballot measure that authorized city officials to work with developers New Moran Incorporated on a final attempt to create a redevelopment plan. But Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger felt it was time to make a final decision on the building.
Vermont officials are criticizing the Trump administration's decision to phase out a government program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the United States as children.
The chairman of New Hampshire's Democratic Party has come under fire for comments suggesting some unregistered voters in the state are white supremacists after responding over the weekend to news a group with links to President Donald Trump's campaign was planning on reaching out to thousands of the state's unregistered voters.
Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has announced that the city is ceasing redevelopment discussions for an obsolete power plant on the waterfront and will now look at demolition. The decision comes more than three years after voters approved financing to create a plan for the site.
Since last November, Lake Placid officials have been investigating the possibility of hosting the 2023 Winter World University Games. Last month, a delegation made an initial presentation to international sports officials and is now working on a formal bid.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Plattsburgh, New York to tour Norsk Titanium today. The Democrat believes there is great potential for the Defense Department to contract with the airplane part manufacturer.
So far, six Democrats are running in hopes of challenging second-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st Congressional district. Among them is third-generation Saratoga County native Don Boyajian. The municipal and environmental attorney feels the region has gotten the “short end of the stick” for far too long.
The first meeting of Vermont’s Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel was Tuesday in Montpelier. The Legislature has tasked its members with providing recommendations to address systemic racial disparities across the state.