July 23, 2014
A special legislative committee met in Montpelier Wednesday to hear from a number of key players on child safety issues.
State police officials, local police chiefs and prosecutors were all represented at today’s hearings, which were spurred by two toddler deaths earlier this year that resulted from abuse. Dave Yacovone is the Commissioner of the Department for Children and Families. He says that despite recent problems, today’s hearings show the state’s commitment to child safety.
July 21, 2014
Two state representatives have launched a new political action committee that will try to play a decisive role in local House and Senate races this fall.
Stowe Republican Heidi Scheuermann and Middlebury Democrat Paul Ralston say their group, called Vision to Action Vermont, will lend financial support to the campaigns of candidates who vow to push for economic development initiatives in Montpelier.
July 02, 2014
As Vermont heads down the path toward a single-payer health care system, lawmakers want to make sure the options are affordable for taxpayers and consumers. And the economic analysis about to be launched by the Legislature may duplicate similar work being performed for the Shumlin Administration.
June 27, 2014
Ask any working parent: Child care can be expensive. While some low-income families qualify for subsidies, many middle-class families pay full tuition.
Between 2003 and 2012, rates have risen, on average, about 43 percent, from $140 to $200 per week. That’s one reason many public schools have started free half-day preschool programs, like the one at Lyndon Town School.
June 26, 2014
Research shows that the young brain is developing at a faster rate than we previously thought, and that there are good and bad strategies to help children acquire language and the love of learning.
So Vermont’s child care providers are learning the best way to introduce books into a child’s daily routine.
June 25, 2014
Beginning in 2015, every public school district in Vermont will have to subsidize at least 10 hours of pre-kindergarten per week for 3 and 4-year-olds.
Some schools do that within their own buildings. Many others partner with private providers or a local Head Start program. Springfield, for example, outsources all its preschool education.
June 23, 2014
The biennial legislative session adjourned a month ago, and it’s a good time to review the results.
The 2015 General Fund budget grew by 5.6% over the 2014 budget approved a year ago. That means that state spending is increasing about twice as fast as state revenues.
June 19, 2014
An often-forgotten backdrop to the current focus on Gov. Peter Shumlin’s single-payer health care reform plan is that we have been through this exercise once already.
The first legislative effort to install a single-payer system came in January of 1991 when Sen. Cheryl Rivers, a Democrat from Stockbridge, introduced S-127, a Canadian-style single-payer plan for Vermont. Canadian style means that it would cover everybody in the state, it would be financed entirely by taxes and it would leave the delivery system – the doctors and hospitals – in the private sector.
June 17, 2014
Prosecutors across the state hope to implement a new program that offers treatment and not jail to some people charged with a drug offense, under a new law signed Tuesday by Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Vermont’s new law is patterned after a successful program that’s been in place in Chittenden County for the past four years.
June 12, 2014
For months now, the one question dominating the 2014 election cycle was, ‘Will Vermont Republicans have a candidate for governor?’
The answer finally arrived Thursday morning, when Republican Scott Milne announced his challenge to incumbent Democrat Peter Shumlin.
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