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Burlington College in fight for survival

The campus of Burlington College on North Avenue in Burlington. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger
If a proposed land deal goes through, the college’s financial woes could be mitigated, but questions remain about the way administrators have handled the school's finances and management.

 

Life at an impasse: FairPoint worker misses job but supports strike

Bradford Elementary music teacher Heidi Allen discusses sound design with her husband, Josh Allen, while preparing the school's gym for the annual holiday concert in Bradford, Vt., on Dec. 18, 2014. Josh Allen, who is a striking Fairpoint worker, keeps busy by taking care of his four children, picketing, and running the handful of small businesses he operates with his wife.  Photo by Sarah Priestap/Valley News
Josh Allen of Bradford, one of the FairPoint workers who has been on strike since October, says that he’s been well-compensated for his work but says he’s earned every penny in a job that is both demanding and dangerous.

 

House Speaker Shap Smith seeks property tax reform proposals from the public

House Speaker Shap Smith speaks with reporters in his office on May 13, 2013. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger
House Speaker Shap Smith is soliciting education finance reform proposals from the public. Education spending and financing reforms are top priorities for Smith this legislative session. Smith wants ideas from all-comers, and he is encouraging Vermonters to send him proposals. “Vermonters value high quality public education, but the current delivery and funding systems have resulted […]

 

Vermont Yankee decommissioning plan submitted to NRC

Spent fuel rod storage containers at  Vermont Yankee. File photo by Zachary P. Stephens/Brattleboro Reformer
Entergy Vermont Yankee officially presented the Nuclear Regulatory Commission with its Post Shutdown Decommissioning Report, but it's not that much different from the draft PSDAR presented to the state in October.

 

Margolis: Is Vermont spending too little?

Dezirae Sheldon.
Budget cuts have a cost – an economic cost if state colleges can’t train the technicians and nurses of the next decade, and a more intimate, personal cost if the disabled get fewer services, the streams get more polluted, and the babies of poor, confused, and perhaps irresponsible young mothers are less safe.

 

Boost financial literacy for all, task force recommends

Linda Tarr-Whalen, chair of k-12 Task Force Committee spoke as officials released the report of the Vermont Financial Literacy Task Force on Thursday at Champlain College. Photo by Stephen Mease / Champlain College.
Vermont falls short on financial literacy education at all levels, according to a new report. Members of a task force say better financial literacy would be a boon to individuals, families, and even the economy.

 

Administration spent about $1.6 million studying single payer

Gov. Peter Shumlin announces that single payer health care will not go forward in the next legislative session. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
Estimate includes consultants, the cost of several reports and administrative staff time. Cost will continue to add up as invoices are paid.

 

Veterans’ Home to cut patient beds

Don Keelan, an Arlington resident and veteran, speaks at Wednesday's meeting of the Vermont Veterans' Home Board of Trustees. Photo by Mark Rondeau/Bennington Banner
In a budget-cutting move, the Vermont Veterans’ Home will reduce its licensed capacity from 171 beds to 130. The Home has continued to operate well under capacity in spite of new marketing initiatives. Ten currently vacant positions will not be filled, and further staff cuts are possible.

 

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Commentary

Don Turner: Governor’s announcement will restore some stability

The governor has spent millions of taxpayer dollars over the last four years with little to show for it.

Bob Stannard: Who are we now

The CIA report was enough to show that our country is all about torturing people to get information, whether it works or not.

Peter Shumlin: Now is not the time

I have advocated for a publicly financed health care system for much of my public life, but over the past two weeks it has become clear to me that the…

Quote of the Day

“My discussions with people go like this: They say, ‘I want you to lower my property taxes.’ I say, ‘What would you like me to do to lower your property taxes?’ Everyone has different ideas. The challenge we have as a Legislature is trying to bring consensus on how you solve the articulated problem most people feel, which is lower my property taxes.” — House Speaker Shap Smith

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