State budget crisis

This week nearly $20 million in budget cuts were proposed by the Douglas administration and the Joint Fiscal Committee, but they say that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Administration Secretary Neale Lunderville discusses the constantly shifting budget situation. Also on the program, how town budgets are taking a hit, and a new movie captures the spirit of Brattleboro’s Harmony Parking Lot.

Next steps in punishing sex offenders

Sen. Dick Sears recaps the public testimony his committee has taken on how to punish and treat sex offenders, and gives us a preview of draft recommendations for the Legislature. Also, VPR’s Neal Charnoff goes backstage with a production of "Well" by playwright Lisa Kron.

House committee rejects Douglas plan to change capital gains tax

The House Ways and Means committee has rejected Governor Jim Douglas’s plan to change Vermont’s capital gains tax. Douglas wanted to use money from the changes to lower tax rates for middle and upper income people. But the committee says it’s more important to save this source of revenue to help deal with looming budget deficits.

House committee proposes income tax for education

The House Ways and Means Committee is backing a bill that would dramatically change how Vermonters pay for education. The residential property tax for education would be eliminated and replaced with a new income tax surcharge. As VPR’s Bob Kinzel reports, the legislation faces some major hurdles.