Financing Plan Divides Child Care Advocates

Governor Peter Shumlin’s plan to finance a major expansion of child care programs is sharply dividing Vermont’s early childhood community. There’s nearly unanimous support for the proposal to increase funding for child care subsidies. But there’s disagreement over how to pay for the initiative.

Vermont Releases Insurance Rates Under Obamacare

Vermont became the first state on Monday to publish the rates it would charge people who don’t currently have health insurance to get coverage – a key step toward establishing the health exchanges that are central to the federal health care law known as Obamacare. Health officials said Monday the rates are comparable to current commercial rates.

Hopes Dim For Passing Meaningful Climate Change Legislation

For the first time this legislative session, the full Vermont Senate will debate renewable energy on Tuesday. In Montpelier, though, some lawmakers’ hopes of passing meaningful climate change legislation that might reduce greenhouse gas emissions have already collided with the state’s fiscal reality.

Governor Peter Shumlin’s Budget Address

Each January, the governor delivers a speech to the Legislature that outlines the spending priorities for the state, and what taxes are necessary to support that plan. VPR brings you Governor Peter Shumlin’s "budget address" live from the Statehouse. Listen Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. on VPR and at