Voices in the week's news: December 4, 2009

12/04/09 2:15PM
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VSEA Director Jes Kraus
State Legislators requested stimulus funds for Addison County and questioned Entergy officials on its spin-off proposal, state workers agreed to a pay cut and Vermont's Congressional delegation voiced concerns over the President's Afghanistan buildup and the confirmation of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.


These were some of the voices in the news this week.




Legislative Leaders Want Stimulus Funds For Addison County (12/02)

(House Speaker Shap Smith)  "We need to help these businesses that are having a really difficult time now get back on their feet and stay in business. Everybody that we have talked to has been talking to us and saying, ‘What are you going to help us get through this difficult time?'"

Lawmakers, Regulators Question Yankee Spin Off (12/03)

(Richard Saudek, former chairman of the Public Service Board) "Apparently Mr. Thayer feels more confident in Enexus than he does in Entergy, I guess he said. You don't get that confidence in the debt picture."

State Employees To See 3% Pay Cut (12/03)

(VSEA Director Jes Kraus) "I think this just signals that our bargaining teams, our members, certainly recognize the severity of the current economic situation. They have for a long time. This isn't the first time that they've offered to try and help."

Afghanistan Plan Draws Concern From Vt. Delegation (12/02)

(Congressman Peter Welch) "They're in Afghanistan to some extent 500 or so in Pakistan they're in other countries like Yemen and Somalia we have a decentralized threat and we are having a policy that basically depends on an occupation military force and nation building and that's what I think is a mistake in the long run in Afghanistan."

Sanders Aims To Block Bernanke Confirmation (12/03)

(Senator Bernie Sanders) "Since the collapse of Wall Street the Fed has greatly expanded its role and among other things they have lent out trillions - I'm talking about trillions of dollars - to financial institutions. And we don't know who received the money, we don't know what terms they received the money under, we don't know if there are any conflicts of interest and that to me is just totally absurd."




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