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This week in the Statehouse: Jan. 26-30

The Golden Bubble. VTD/Josh Larkin
Floor work begins in earnest in the Vermont House of Representatives this week with microbeads and the budget adjustment act. The Gun Owners of Vermont will be at the Statehouse to push back on a Senate proposal to require background checks for all gun purchases.

 

Judiciary says $500,000 cut could lead to court delays

Clyde Robinson/Creative Commons
The judiciary branch would have little choice in the short term but to increase vacancy savings or consider staff furloughs that would further exacerbate court delays, according to Paul Reiber, the chief justice.

 

In This State: For state snowplow drivers, life in the cab is a rough adventure

VTrans snowplow driver Mike Bride
Keeping state roads and the interstate cleared in winter takes a small army of big orange trucks. It's a rough job short on sleep and leaves drivers with many snowy and icy tales to tell.

 

Advocates, dentists prepare to face off over licensing dental practitioners

A root canal gone bad is shown on a dental X-ray. Creative Commons photo by Wonderland via Flickr
Thirty percent of dentists refused to accept new Medicaid patients in 2011, according to a Green Mountain Care Board study.

 

Defender General, ACLU say scrap failure to protect proposal

Defender General Matthew Valerio (left) and Department of Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger
Chorus of voices call to remove part of the child protection bill

 

School business managers testify to benefits of district consolidation

Richard C. Pembroke  Jr. (left), chief financial officer for the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, and Grant Geisler, executive director of operations and CFO for Chittenden Central Supervisory Union, testify at a House Education Committee meeting. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger
School consolidations need to occur, and forming statewide, pre-K-12 school districts is the way to do it, according to the Vermont Association of School Business Officials.

 

Luxury housing market is brisk in Stowe

This home on Birch Hill in Stowe has a room with about a dozen sides, with stained glass and surround sound. Photo by Glenn Callahan/Stowe Reporter
Overall, Stowe reported 14 sales of homes priced at $900,000 or above, making 2014 the strongest year in the luxury market since 2009.

 

Windsor Northwest, Orange-Windsor Supervisory Unions merge

Stephen Dale
The marriage of the two school districts is a real-life example of consolidation, a hot topic among lawmakers in Montpelier.

 

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Commentary

Rebecca Foster: Vermonters cannot be bought … or sold

At the very moment that WCAX was running a prematurely leaked story asserting that Cornwall “has now reached a deal to accept the project,” the select board was, in reality,…

John Franco: The right church, but the wrong pew

The governor's leveraging idea is a sound one, but using a reduction in the Medicaid cost shift is a very ineffective way to provide relief in premiums.

C.B. Hall: Books beat computers for student learning

The cost of computers for all students blatantly outweigh its benefits – if any.

Quote of the Day

“I believe very strongly in advancing policy that will help Vermonters lead healthier lives, however, the proposal to tax beverages containing added sugar is not the way to address our shared goal.” — Sen. John Campbell, D-Windsor

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