November 24, 2015
On a cloudless day in late September, 10 lawmakers drove to Springfield for a tour of the Southern State Correctional Facility. The experience left an impression, and legislators have begun pressing administration officials for reforms to the corrections system.
November 19, 2015
The death of Lara Sobel, a social worker for the Department for Children and Families who was fatally shot outside a state office building in Barre in August, was deeply unsettling. And it raised serious concerns about safety for Vermont social workers.
November 18, 2015
Lawmakers have been trying for years to come up with a way to curb education costs, and a spending threshold contained in a reform bill passed earlier this year seems to be doing the trick. But education officials say it’s working a little too well, and they’re warning that the legislation will force Draconian cuts if lawmakers don’t reverse course.
November 17, 2015
The Vermont Senate took a step closer to ousting an embattled member of its body Monday when Caledonia Sen. Joe Benning drafted a resolution to expel Franklin Sen. Norm McAllister, a fellow Republican who was arrested in May on sexual assault charges.
November 10, 2015
A lot’s been said about the case of Norm McAllister, the Vermont Senator arrested in May for sexual assault. Although press coverage died down over the summer, it re-emerged in earnest when McAllister made it clear he would not resign ... and that the Senate would have to decide whether or not to expel him from his post. As others have explained, Chapter 2 of the Vermont Constitution would permit the Senate to oust McAllister. And it seems they’re inclined to do so. The trick, as many have noted, is figuring out how.
November 03, 2015
Vermonters are reacting to the news that former Lt. Gov. and state senator Barbara Snelling has died at the age of 87. Snelling died Monday at her home in South Burlington with friends and family by her side.
Snelling's son, Mark Snelling, joined VPR to share memories of his mother and discuss her political legacy in Vermont.
November 02, 2015
It’s been six months since State Senator Norm McAllister was accused of sexual assault. And while the senator remains innocent until proven guilty under the constitution, legislators have begun to discuss the prospect of expelling him from the Senate.
November 02, 2015
Have you ever looked at a problem in Vermont and thought to yourself, 'Here's how that could be fixed'? On the next Vermont Edition, we're looking for your great ideas of laws to pass - or repeal! - that you think would improve life in Vermont. Our guest is Vermont Law School professor Oliver Goodenough, who is hosting a three-day "Legithon" at the Statehouse in November. The event asks citizens to create laws that balance economic development while protecting public interest. Goodenough will be our guest to discuss the legislative process, and how competing tensions are weighed in path of a bill becoming a law.
October 30, 2015
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter wants to eliminate a key part of Act 46, the state's new school district consolidation law. She says the law's budget caps will have a negative impact on many school budgets.
When Act 46 was passed last winter, a number of lawmakers insisted that the proposal include a mechanism to control costs at the local level.
October 15, 2015
Lawmakers are slowly coming to grips with significant cost overruns in the state’s Medicaid program. But elected officials still aren’t sure what’s causing the budget problems, much less how to pay for them.
The House Committee on Health Care convened in a Statehouse conference room this week for an update on the state’s $1.5 billion-a-year Medicaid program.
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