grade may seem a little early to start encouraging children to think about
college, but in the Northeast Kingdom there are good reasons to underscore the importance
of a post-secondary education. The
region lags far behind the state in the percentage of people with college
degrees – and it’s gearing up for an influx of jobs that will require an
Vermont House is preparing to debate the budget and a number of new tax
proposals this week, and House leaders are already trying to line up votes for
a $1.3 billion plan that includes a contentious bid to cap welfare benefits.
the past five years, college tuition at Vermont’s public institutions has risen by at least 27
percent. But income growth has not kept pace. That’s
the finding of a report out this
week from the
New England Board of Higher Education.
A key House committee has given preliminary approval to a tax package
that would raise roughly $26 million, putting it on a collision course
with the governor because it includes provisions he opposes.
When an old dairy farm
in Shoreham became the hub for a trendy new whiskey company several years ago,
many were excited by the idea of new jobs and economic development. But two things may get in the company’s way: mold and the state’s
definition of a farm.