Peter Welch called for a new approach to making budget cuts, Vermont’s Congressional delegation defended LIHEAP subsidies, Governor Shumlin visited Quebec to discuss hydro power, a Vermont Yankee steam leak caused evacuation of the reactor building and a Montgomery school performed well on the NECAP [knee cap] exams.
These are some of the voices in the news this week:
(Congressman Peter Welch) "The problem with the approach we’re taking is that we’re focusing solely on what’s called the domestic discretionary spending that’s only 12% of the budget. So even if you cut it out entirely you wouldn’t make a big dent in the problem."
(Senator Patrick Leahy) "Do we have to find ways to cut the deficit? Yes. But it does not make sense to cut out heat for low- and middle-income families, but to then to give tens of billion of dollars in tax breaks to major oil companies."
(Governor Peter Shumlin) "It helps to do two things for Vermont: first is, it’s cheap reliable power if we can negotiate a good contract; and second is it reduces our contribution to climate change which is an imperative for all of us. So it’s a win-win for Quebec and a win-win for Vermonters if we can get the right price."
(Vermont Yankee spokesman Larry Smith) "So the surveillance was stopped, valves in the steam path were closed and all unnecessary personnel were asked to leave the reactor building. And that’s a precautionary measure until the system could be inspected."
(Montgomery Elementary School Principal Beth O’Brien) "Sometimes when you have people who live in poverty, the parents haven’t had a good experience in school themselves. So it’s a generational thing. So we really try to go out of our way to make everybody feel welcome in the buildings, to let them know that everybody can do it."