House Speaker Shap Smith outlines his priorities for this session of the Legislature and his ideas for closing the state’s budget gap. Plus, we hear about the state’s new Organ Donor Registry and the need for organ transplants in Vermont.
New leadership has been elected and several long-serving senators aren’t returning to Montpelier this week, creating a lot of change in the Vermont Senate. Vermont Edition broadcasts live from Statehouse to look at the year ahead.
House Speaker Shap Smith speaks with VPR’s Jane Lindholm about the key agreement Democratic
legislators made with the governor on the state budget, and other issues
like taxes, current use, and future energy sources.
We talk with the leader of the Vermont House of Representatives about the biennium that concluded last week. Also, the growth of the craft brewing industry in Vermont, and a long-distance skateboarding enthusiast explains his sport.