Jim Douglas is leading the opposition to a congressional plan that would
require states to help pay for expanding the Medicaid program. Douglas says the plan is an unfunded mandate that will impose unfair financial
burdens on many states.
Twelve years ago next week, the Vermont Supreme Court handed down the
Brigham decision, marking a major shift in the way that Vermont pays
for public schools. This week Vermont Edition looks at the state’s
education funding law, Act 60: a method of ensuring that school
opportunities are equal across the state, regardless of a town’s wealth.
The Vermont House wants to get rid of a law that would
require high-spending towns to vote twice on their school budgets. But the
proposal faces a tough future in the Senate.
That’s because Senate Education Chairman Don Collins
thinks the two-vote approach will be an effective way to help contain costs.
commissioner of the Department Fish and Wildlife says a recent increase in
hunting bodes well for the finances of the department.
LaRouche says hunting and fishing licenses increased slightly last
year. The fees paid for those licenses
make up about 37 percent of the department’s budget.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife is funded primarily by the license
fees paid for hunting and fishing. But those activities are declining, a situation that calls into question how the department is
funded. We talk with former Fish and Wildlife commissioner Steve Wright
and Ed Gallo of the Vermont Hunters Anglers and Trappers Association.
Also, how snarls of traffic are affecting the Upper Valley, and essayist Tim Johnson
commiserates with fellow flu sufferers.