Problems with the transition from Verizon to FairPoint have raised questions about FairPoint’s ability to deliver services. We talk with FairPoint’s executive vice president, Jeff Allen, about the company’s operations in northern New England. Also, the legal implications of "sexting" and how lawmakers are trying to address the issue.
Former Gov. Howard Dean says he supports the direction that President-elect Barack Obama is taking in assembling an administration; Senator Bernie Sanders says he will push for a substantial economic stimulus package when Congress returns to session in about 10 days;
Two education bills are raising controversy at the Statehouse this
legislative session. One would abolish the state board of Education and
elevate the commissioner’s job to cabinet status; a second bill would
repeal last year’s measure that requires a town to vote twice before
raising their school budget by a certain percentage. And we look back at the big stories in the week’s news.
Appropriations committee faces some major challenges in the next two
weeks. Because the state economy is
slowing down, the committee must cut at least $25 million from their budget for
Anthony Pollina will officially get into the race for Vermont
governor at the end of the week; Sen. Bernie Sanders has some ideas for the federal budget that’s
being drafted in Washington this week; more…
The state has reached a tentative settlement with FairPoint Communications that
could pave the way for the company to acquire Verizon’s land line phone service
settlement must still be approved by the Vermont Public Service Board.
The state Public Service Board has rejected FairPoint Communication’s request
to buy Verizon’s land line phone service in Vermont.
the board also invited FairPoint to submit a revised proposal. And it laid out
some conditions it would impose — if it approved the deal.
The state is asking young Vermonters who went away to college, to think about coming home to work; it’s now easier for Vermonters getting food assistance, to shop at farmers’ markets; twice this week the Public Service Board has acted in a manner that’s in conflict with Governor Jim Douglas known positions on energy policy; the Montpelier City Council has scrapped a just-completed property value revision. Dozens of angry residents argued at a meeting last night that there was no rhyme or reason for the values assigned to their properties.
Vermont’s fourteen hospitals are before a state review board today, asking for revenue increases that average 10%; a statehouse cook off kicks off Eat Local challenges around Vermont; a convoy hauling a monster electrical transformer continues creeping down Interstate 89 this afternoon; dozens of elected officials from cities across the country lobbied Congress this week for an end to the war in Iraq. police in Claremont, NH are accusing a former credit union teller of stealing $72 thousand.