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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.


Cost of Vermont Gas pipeline project jumps to $154 million

Don Rendall, incoming president and CEO for Vermont Gas, announced the latest cost increase to build a natural gas through Addison County at the company’s South Burlington headquarters on Friday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
The company planning a 41-mile natural gas pipeline expansion in Addison County announced Friday that the project will cost $154 million. It is the second time this year that Vermont Gas has dramatically raised the estimate.


SCOV Law Blog: Partition problem

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr
Janet and Paul met in 2002, fell in love, and decided to buy a house. Paul and Janet split up in 2009 and Paul moved out. You probably see where this is going.


YWP: Waiting for Winter

Ella Staats is a freshman at Burlington High School. Courtesy photo
This week's Young Writers Project entry is "Waiting for Winter by Ella Staats, a freshman at Burlington High School.


New York joins Vermont in fracking ban

Paul Burns, executive director of VPIRG, holds up a photo of a fracking operation. VTDigger staff photo.
The state of New York has banned hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. The state’s top health official said it would be “reckless” to allow fracking without more research on its environmental effects.


Federal funds help libraries upgrade Internet service

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott speaks at a news conference Wednesday at Aldrich Public Library in Barre. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger
Nearly one-quarter of Vermont’s public libraries will offer the fastest available Internet speeds, thanks to a federally funded program. The service is crucial to Vermonters who don’t have Internet access of their own.


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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


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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