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Old mistakes, new problems haunt Vermont Health Connect

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Lawrence Miller, chief of the state's heath care reform effort, attend a news conference Thursday in Barre to announce a grant to repair flood damage in the city. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
In order to relieve stress on the incomplete website, previously insured users are being asked to avoid it and, unless they have a problem, the call center, too. Snail mail is the recommended option. Additional costs to make the exchange functional could deepen the state's budget gap. The project has a “current shortfall” of $11 million in requested federal grants and could need as much as $8.5 million beyond that, according to the internal memos.


New Haven says ‘no’ to solar farm plans

South Burlington's new twenty-five acre solar farm promises to generate a reported 2.2 megawatts of electricity for the state, enough to power roughly 450 homes. VTD/Eric Blokland
The selectboard in New Haven has voted down two proposed solar projects over their size and aesthetic impact. The developer of one site says his firm will proceed with the plan, while the other is eyeing another site. There are a total of 14 proposals for solar arrays in the Addison County town.


Five counties see contests for state’s attorney

Republican Tom Kelly (left) and Democrat Scott Williams. Stowe Reporter composite photo
Campaigns for state’s attorneys are usually low-profile affairs, but this year, there are lively campaigns in five Vermont counties. A state’s attorney is a county’s chief prosecutor, and has broad discretion in prosecutions, charges, and plea agreements.


Milne outlines Lake Champlain cleanup plan

Scott Milne. Photo by Anne Galloway
Scott Milne wants to shift $7 million per year from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board to pay for cleanup of Lake Champlain. Administration officials say much of that money is spent on projects that improve the Lake’s quality by reducing nutrient runoff from farms.


Five seek Windham County Senate seats

Senators consider the budget bill Tuesday at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
Departure of Sen. Peter Galbraith leaves an open seat in southeastern Vermont.


YWP: Salt and Pepper

Isaac Jenemann is an eighth-grade student at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington. Courtesy photo
This week's Young Writers Project entry is "Salt and Pepper" by Isaac Jenemann, an eighth-grader at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington.


SCOV Law Blog: The ‘effect on the listener’ phenomenon

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr
The Vermont Supreme Court says that the truth of what happened during a traffic stop is less important than what happened as a result.


Nurse describes trip to intercept Peter Italia at JFK Airport

Joanne Calvi, Rutland District director for the Vermont Health Department, accompanied Peter Italia as he was returned to Vermont after spending about a month in West Africa. Italia is in voluntary quarantine so health officials can make certain that he did not contract the Ebola virus. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger
Joanne Calvi, a public health nurse and state health department official, was dispatched on Monday with the Rutland County sheriff to retrieve Peter Italia upon his return from West Africa. Calvi describes how Italia was handed over to them by federal officials, and her conversation with him during the five-hour drive to Rutland.


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VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

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A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

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Heidi Spear: Serious education funding reform proposals

Year after year, political leaders have kicked the education funding problem down the road, setting the parameters of our formula, base education amounts, tax rates and excess spending thresholds as…

Don Keelan: Need to fix what we have

It would be a surprise if those in power decide to avoid venturing into new frontiers of legislation and instead, repair/revisit those laws that have failed to achieve their intended…

Ben Civiletti: Service, community and climate change

On Nov. 1 – the Button Up Vermont Day of Action – Vermonters are working in a variety of ways, in communities across the state, to raise awareness about the…

Quote of the Day

“I think we should feel comforted we have a company in this business that wants to be in it.” – Gov. Peter Shumlin on GlobalFoundries takeover of IBM’s chip-making business.

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