A major winter storm is bearing down on the region. Many schools are closed. School closings most counties in Vermont and adjacent, New York and New Hampshire. Advocates and low-income people are pushing back on Governor Peter Shumlin’s proposed cuts to the state’s main welfare-to-work program. Welfare recipients told lawmakers that they still face many barriers to employment, including paying for transportation to drive to work. A proposed heating district that’s jointly run between the state and the city of Montpelier is already more than ten percent over budget.