Governor Peter Shumlin says budget cuts under consideration in Congress would
slash programs that keep Vermonters warm and healthy. Shumlin
travels to Washington this week for a meeting of the national Governors Association,
and he says he’ll encourage fellow governors to resist the proposed cuts.
Vermont has the prospect of getting as much as a billion dollars from the federal economic stimulus package. That’s set off a fierce debate at the Statehouse over whether painful cuts need to be made in next year’s budget.
Three utilities in Vermont are looking for new power supply contracts; Vermont’s congressional delegation supports a Vermont state senator’s plan to quickly rebuild the country’s transportation infrastructure; more…
Federal nuclear regulators have promised to work with the state on a safety
inspection of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. But
some lawmakers are questioning whether the federal review will satisfy their
demand for a truly independent assessment.
has overwhelmingly endorsed legislation that could clear the way for farmers to
grow industrial hemp.
criticized the debate as a waste of time, since the federal government doesn’t
allow cultivation of the plant.
Traffic deaths were up sharply in Vermont last year, but the percentage of them tied to drunken driving was down slightly; The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to work with Vermont to develop an enhanced driver’s license that can be used as identification at border crossings; a search is continuing for an 89-year-old woman who went missing while camping with family members in Williamstown; new federal money is helping senior citizens buy fresh fruit and vegetables at local farmers’ markets.senior funding