The program that
helps low-income Vermonters pay for heat is at least $19 million short
this year, and middle income Vermonters are also struggling to plan for
winter. We’ll look at whether federal and state government can ease the
concern about heating costs.
It’s called "The Pledge"
– and it’s long been the third rail of New Hampshire politics. For
gubernatorial candidates have had to take the pledge by promising to oppose a
broad based income or sales tax in the granite state. But this year at town
meeting in New
dozens of communities considered a resolution that would put them on record
against the pledge.
Proponents of a bill at the Statehouse say that
some records, particularly those related to family court proceedings,
could be abused if they were available online, as opposed to paper records. We look at the public’s
right to know and the individual’s right to privacy in the era of
digital court records.
Also, New Hampshire’s anti-tax stance might be eroding, and we hear about newly discovered letters from the Cornish, New Hampshire, painter Maxfield Parrish.
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.