State Budget

House Speaker Shap Smith discusses the state budget crisis and several other key issues at the State House. Plus, a review of the top stories around our region and the voices in the news this week.

Where to find $30 million?

With state revenues lagging, officials are grappling with how to cut $30 million from the budget. We’ll talk with a legislative leader and a member of the administration about what cuts are being contemplated. Also: A Vermont author tells us how to live with pigs. And a Vermont band from the early 1960s reunites.

Midday Newscast May 16, 2008

Vermont’s top educator is leaving state government to become an administrator at the University of Vermont; one of the closest advisers to Governor Jim Douglas is leaving state government;

Two cultures, one family

We talk with memoirist Jaed Coffin and Saint Michael’s College English professor Lorrie Smith about how people understand their own cultural identities when their families comprise diverse backgrounds. Also, new rules for crossing the Canadian border go into effect on Thursday, and we learn the secrets of building igloos.