The impact of Vermont’s
revenue shortfall became very real this afternoon.
That’s when a list of nearly $40 million in budget
cuts was presented to key lawmakers and the Douglas Administration. The group needs to select $25 million in
reductions from the list in the next few days.
Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to create a
4 year term for governor say the outlook for their plan isn’t very good this
year. It’s uncertain if the proposal will even make it to
the Senate floor for a vote.
Every two years, Vermonters go to the polls to elect the state’s
constitutional officers. But a perennial statehouse debate
asks the question, why not four-year terms? Bob Kinzel talks with
Senators Jeannette White and Bill Doyle about the pros and cons of
changing the length of one term in office. Also, a look back at the big stories in the news this week.
It’s a lean budget year in Vermont. The
economy has slowed, so there’s less money coming into state government. Demand
for services – like road repairs and health care – is high. And
so are the political tensions at the Statehouse.
In preparation for this year’s lunar new year festival, The Asian Cultural Society invited the public to help paint two large banners
to hang on the wall during the festival. VPR’s Susan Keese joined the painting party.
We talk with filmmaker Dan Habib and University of Vermont education professor Michael
Giangreco about the concept of inclusion for students with disabilities, and how it plays out in the
Also, reporter Erin Demuth Judd of the Glens Falls Post-Star tells us whether the
north country will see an infusion of economic development aid from New York state.
And we ring in the Chinese New Year with celebrants as they prepare banners for New Year’s Day on Thursday.
In almost any year, some of the moving moments come when we pause to reflect on
those who have left the stage during the past few months. And,
as VPR’s Steve Delaney reports, there were some notable departures this year.
things change in the business world, it often affects employment and the
general economy. As
VPR’s Steve Delaney reports, some of those stories during the past year involved
one of the biggest names in business.
In every collection of the year’s top stories, some fit neatly into categories. This is about politics, that’s a weather story. Others just won’t slide neatly into pigeon-holes. VPR’s Steve Delaney reports on some of these stories for our 2007 Year in Review.