Patrick Leahy says he’s pleased that the debate over gun control legislation
will proceed in the U.S. Senate over the next few weeks. An
effort to filibuster the legislation was defeated on Thursday.
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.
The Senate Transportation committee
is set to make a key change in the gas tax bill that was adopted by the House
several weeks ago. Lawmakers are eyeing the gas
tax as a way to raise new revenue to allow the state to take full advantage of
all federal matching money that’s available.