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Reach Up cuts to disabled recipients held off for two months

Christopher Curtis
State agrees to continue benefits while lawyers prepare arguments in the case. Vermont Legal Aid claims the reduction is unconstitutional and that it discriminates against households with family members with a disability.

 

New psychiatric facility hasn’t solved crisis in care

Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital
Twenty-five percent of the most acutely ill patients who find their way into Vermont’s emergency rooms continue to wait longer than 24 hours for treatment.

 

Inmate articulates concerns about conditions at Michigan prison

Some Vermont inmates will be moved to the North Lake Correctional Facility in Michigan under a new state contract with GEO Corp. Courtesy photo
A letter from a Vermont inmate housed at a privately run prison in northern Michigan raises concerns about the conditions at the facility.

 

Public Service Department pushes down Green Mountain Power electricity bills

Department of Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia was elected chair of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel in Brattleboro on Thursday.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
Assistance fund that has accumulated will be tapped and the surcharge for that fund lowered. The Public Service Board still needs to approve the deal.

 

National GOP organization targets Vermont legislative seats

Peg Flory
In the coming election cycle, the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee will spend a record $40 million to target legislative chambers in 10 states, including Vermont.

 

Copley Hospital projects increased revenue, lower rates

Copley Hospital in Morrisville. Courtesy photo
Copley Hospital plans to lower its rates by 3 percent next year, believing that net patient revenue will increase.

 

Stenger unveils plans for NEK International Airport

Architect's drawing of proposed improvements at Newport State Airport in Coventry. Courtesy of Jay Peak
Jay Peak developer Bill Stenger outlines plans for a $20 million terminal, warehouse and flight design assembly facility at the Newport State Airport in Coventry.

 

Digger Projects

Cutting Class: A Special VTDigger Investigation

Declining enrollment in Vermont’s public schools is at a breaking point: The state’s student population has dropped by 21,000 since 1997, and population projections show continuing declines through at least 2030.

Declining enrollment, rising school spending: The data behind the crisis. An investigation by Amy Ash Nixon, Diane Zeigler and Hilary Niles. Visit project

2015 Legislative Guide

Your go-to resource for the 2015 Vermont legislative session . Visit project

2015 VTDigger/Castleton Institute Poll

The 2015 VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey of 700 Vermonters found support for Gov. Peter Shumlin flagging, but showed an interest in gun regulations and tax options. See the complete results here. Visit project

2014 Election Micro-Site

The 2014 midterm elections are here. Access our comprehensive coverage, including debate archives, candidate profiles, side-by-side comparisons, campaign finance connections, and more. Visit project

VTDigger's Legislator Lookup

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Campaign Finance Database

VTDigger's Campaign Finance Database allows you to find out who gives to political campaigns and how candidates raise money in Vermont.

For the first time, and at no cost to taxpayers, users can easily search for donors and candidates by name, quickly retrieve aggregated totals, and explore business and family connections between donors. Visit project

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

Commentary

Curtiss Reed Jr.: Advice for Bernie Sanders on racial injustice

Understand that you, Bernie, are a work in progress; addressing racial injustice starts with the personal — the “being” is as important as the “doing.”

Bob Orleck: No voter identification is America’s biggest threat

The Republican Party wants voter ID in place everywhere to reduce fraud, not to keep eligible voters away from the polls.

Rob Roper: Repeal Vermont’s certificate of need laws

Certificate of need laws are in place for only one reason – to restrict supply.

Quote of the Day

“Right now, my heart is overjoyed at the support that we’re getting from the community and the involvement that we’re getting. It took us a little while to get here, but now we’re announcing that we are ready to conquer all the concerns that need to be conquered in this area.” — Mary Brown Guillory, on the formation of the state’s first NAACP chapter

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