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YWP: ‘Dawn’

Olivia Pintair of Williston is a rising freshman who will be attending Emma Willard School in the fall. Courtesy photo
This week's Young Writers Project entry is "Dawn" by Olivia Pintair of Williston.


SCOV Law Blog: The bar admission blues

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr
An applicant with mental health problems is denied admission to the Vermont bar. In the end, though, it was his conduct, not his mental health, that “demonstrates his unfitness to practice law.”


New social workers merely a ‘tourniquet,’ DCF says

DCF Commissioner Dave Yacovone addresses advocates at a meeting at the Agency of Human Services Tuesday. Deputy Commissioner Richard Giddings is sitting behind him. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger
Hiring more caseworkers is the most expensive way to fight child abuse, Commissioner Dave Yacovone says, but right now he needs the help. He says early intervention is long-term solution.


Analysis: What’s behind the state’s revenue downgrade

Tom Kavet, right, says while Vermont's credit rating is still triple-A rated or double A+, the national downgrade makes the overall economy more fragile. VTD/Josh Larkin
State economists outlined several factors behind Vermont’s slower than expected economic recovery. Some reflect trends beyond the state’s control, others highlight regional differences in Vermont’s economy, and a few remain a mystery.


Lawmakers OK $600,000 to hire staff to implement IT overhaul

Lawrence Miller, chief of health care reform testified before the Joint Fiscal Committee on Thursday with Stephanie Beck, the person responsible for the overhaul of Human Services' IT systems. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
Despite news Thursday that budget cuts will be required to cope with a downgrade in the state's revenue forecast, officials say the project must move forward.


Story and video: Shumlin administration looks for savings to offset $31M downgrade in state revenue

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding announced a reduction in revenue forecasts for fiscal year 2015 at a news conference Thursday, July 24. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
Gov. Peter Shumlin says the 1.8 percentage point reduction in forecast is a “minor adjustment” that will require budget cuts, but not layoffs.


Lawmakers hear conflicting testimony on primacy of reunification policy at DCF

Lynne Klamm, interim director of the Department for Children and Families Rutland office, testifies alongside  DCF Commissioner Dave Yacavone before a joint legislative committee investigating child protection in Vermont on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Statehouse. Photo by Laura Krantz/
At legislative hearing on child protection, DCF officials, police and state's attorneys testify.


Environmentalists challenge Deerfield Wind in federal court

A turbine at Green Mountain Power's Kingdom Community Wind project on Lowell Mountain.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
The U.S. Forest Service wants to allow Iberdrola to build a 15-turbine wind project in the Green Mountain National Forest.


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VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

The VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute poll is based on data from 682 interviews drawn from a random sample of registered voters in Vermont. Interviews were conducted by phone by from March 31 to April 7, 2014. Thirteen percent of interviews were conducted with registered voters on cellphones. The data reported are weighted based on estimations of the population of Vermont registered voters to account for differential in response rates among age groups. Visit project

A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

This special section explains how Vermont's health care exchange works for individuals and small businesses. The guide includes interactive subsidy graphs, a navigator map and detailed information about subsidies, penalties and tax ramifications. Visit project


John Franco: A digestable way to single-payer

With global budgeting, Vermont can achieve significant immediate health care savings by fundamentally changing the way we pay for hospital and other related services.

Rama Schneider: Of education and opportunities

The inability of Vermont's House of Representatives to push through wholesale, centrally mandated school district consolidation has presented us with an opportunity to restate a basic Vermont value: local voices…

Dan DeWalt: Hopeless cycles of violence

Israel and Palestine are engaged in an asymmetrical war of occupation and resistance.

Quote of the Day

“Campaigns are funded through private donations and every lobbyist in the state of Vermont is going to participate in some type of fundraising activity. This is how the system functions. We’re simply exercising our constitutional rights.” — Todd Bailey, KSE Partners

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