Vermont’s New Adjutant General
02/22/13 12:00PM By Bob Kinzel
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Vermont is the only state in the country that has its adjutant general elected by the Legislature. In 48 states, the governor selects the person to fill the role. In South Carolina, they are elected by the voters. The position was vacated by Adjutant General, Michael Dubie who was chosen by President Obama to serve as Deputy Commander of the United States Northern Command.
The Legislature chose Air Guard Brigadier General Steven Cray. The other candidates were retired Army Col. Michael Bullock, Army Col. Darryl Ducharme and South Burlington patent lawyer James Leas.
General Cray discusses budget issues affecting the Guard, the health of Guard members who have served overseas in recent years and the F-35.
Also on the program, VPR's Hamilton Davis analyzes Vermont's efforts to establish a health care exchange and ultimately a single-payer health care system managed by the Green Mountain Care Board and discusses the possibility of putting a cap on hospital budgets.
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