With tag: politics
Senate Supports Campaign Bill With Ban On Corporate Donations
By John Dillon
The Vermont Senate has
advanced a bill that bans corporate and union contributions to state political
candidates. The campaign finance
legislation also strengthens reporting requirements and doubles public funding
for those running for governor and lieutenant governor.
Leahy Implores Senate To Vote On Guns
By Bob Kinzel
Patrick Leahy says he's pleased that the debate over gun control legislation
will proceed in the U.S. Senate over the next few weeks. An
effort to filibuster the legislation was defeated on Thursday.
'Burn Local:' Officials Concerned About Emerald Ash Borer
By Ross Sneyd
Earlier this week
officials in New
they had found infestation of emerald ash borer in
the Concord area. Now Vermont officials are reminding the public that the best way
to prevent the spread of the insect is to burn local firewood.
Governor's Welfare Plan Includes Job Cuts
Gov. Peter Shumlin made headlines in January when he proposed a
five-year lifetime cap on welfare benefits. But lawmakers only recently
found out that he also wants to eliminate 12 positions dedicated to
helping welfare recipients find the jobs they need to get off the
Dozens Of Groups Seek Role In Pipeline Case
By John Dillon
natural gas pipeline planned for Addison County has prompted dozens of individuals and organizations
to seek a voice in the upcoming permit hearings. Vermont
Gas Systems wants to extend a pipeline south from Chittenden County to
Middlebury and then under Lake Champlain to a paper mill in Ticonderoga,
Douglas: Republican Revival
By Jim Douglas
There's been a lot of soul-searching by Republicans following the
recent presidential election. Many ideas are being advanced on how the
GOP can rebuild. Jim Douglas, a long-time Republican
officeholder, has some thoughts on the subject.
Financing Plan Divides Child Care Advocates
By Bob Kinzel
Governor Peter Shumlin's plan
to finance a major expansion of child care programs is sharply dividing Vermont's early childhood community. There's nearly unanimous support for the proposal
to increase funding for child care subsidies. But there's
disagreement over how to pay for the initiative.
VTA Receives Grant To Expand Cell Service
By Steve Zind
Vermont Telecommunications Authority has been awarded a $1.6 million federal
grant to expand cellular phone service and provide wireless internet in areas
hit by flooding in 2011.
Health Exchange Still Confusing
By Patti Daniels
A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that most Americans
are uninformed about the federal health care changes that are coming,
and about how health care exchanges are going to work. That situation
appears to bear out in Vermont, too.