Earlier this week
officials in New
they had found infestation of emerald ash borer in
the Concord area. Now Vermont officials are reminding the public that the best way
to prevent the spread of the insect is to burn local firewood.
There’s been a lot of soul-searching by Republicans following the
recent presidential election. Many ideas are being advanced on how the
GOP can rebuild. Jim Douglas, a long-time Republican
officeholder, has some thoughts on the subject.
Gov. Peter Shumlin made headlines in January when he proposed a
five-year lifetime cap on welfare benefits. But lawmakers only recently
found out that he also wants to eliminate 12 positions dedicated to
helping welfare recipients find the jobs they need to get off the
natural gas pipeline planned for Addison County has prompted dozens of individuals and organizations
to seek a voice in the upcoming permit hearings. Vermont
Gas Systems wants to extend a pipeline south from Chittenden County to
Middlebury and then under Lake Champlain to a paper mill in Ticonderoga,
The Vermont House passed a version of
a shoreline protection bill last month. But the compromise disappointed both environmentalists –
who want to see tougher restrictions – and property rights advocates, who
oppose new state regulation.
After two years of preparing to tackle health care reform, the Shumlin administration is losing its most important player, Anya Rader Wallack, the
chair of Green Mountain Care Board. Her departure will change the effort, but won’t derail it.
set to vote on a bill this week that would decriminalize
the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The
House Judiciary Committee has been taking testimony for weeks and the bill is
likely to pass Tuesday afternoon.
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.