Public Policy

Clark to take the reins on AHS finances

Sarah Clark, deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Finance and Management, will take over as chief financial officer at the Agency of Human Services in 2015. Clark, who’s been in her current post for one year, will replace retiring CFO Jim Giffin. Her term at Finance and Management, where Clark reports to commissioner Jim […]

Teachers OK contract agreement in South Burlington

South Burlington teachers ratified a three-year contract with the school board Monday evening, according to a news release issued by the school board. Classes already had resumed Monday, following a four-day teachers’ strike, after union leaders and school board members reached a tentative contract agreement over the weekend. Members of the South Burlington Education Association […]

Health officials: VT Ebola case highly unlikely, but state is prepared

The Ebola virus. Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Trainings for health care providers emphasize asking patients about travel history and use of personal protective gear.

State employee health plan premiums to increase 17.9 percent

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State officials blame “greater than expected” high cost claims and premature “premium holidays” for wiping out an anticipated $30 million surplus as well as millions in reserve funds.

Burlington College to sell 25 acres to real estate developer

A proposed housing development on land owned by Burlington College would be built near the treeline overlooking Lake Champlain. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Plans include 60 units of affordable housing, 75 units of senior housing and 300 units of market-rate housing. College to receive the equivalent of $7 million.

South Burlington teachers to vote on contract

School was back in session in South Burlington on Monday, following four days of canceled classes due to a teachers’ strike in the district. On Saturday evening, mediator Joseph McNeil announced that after 29 hours of negotiating, the school board and the South Burlington Education Association had reached a tentative agreement. No details were disclosed, […]

Melee breaks out at Keene pumpkin fest

Local police, firefighters and ambulances in New Hampshire responded to large crowds of students as the annual Pumpkin Festival is underway near Keene State College Saturday, Oct. 18. Media report several people have been injured in an apparent Saturday afternoon melee. Photo by Seth Meyer

Keene police did not have a final count of arrests Sunday, but the department’s police log shows officers responded to 235 calls between 2:30 a.m. Friday and 3:30 a.m.

Morristown joins support of proposal to freeze state school tax rate

This article is by Lisa McCormack, of the Stowe Reporter, in which it was first published Oct. 16, 2014. Morristown is among a growing number of towns calling for a two-year freeze on the statewide school property tax rate. The Morristown Select Board voted unanimously Sept. 29 to support the resolution, written and passed by […]

Copley Hospital could face big bill from feds

The new emergency room entrance at Copley Hospital in Morrisville. Stowe Reporter photo by Glenn Callahan

Copley is one of seven small hospitals in Vermont that together could be ordered to repay as much as $12 million.

CMS survey reveals near drowning in Brattleboro Retreat’s adolescent unit

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The incident happened on the Tyler 3 adolescent unit, where there have been two suicide attempts in the last six months

Bargaining resumes, but South Burlington teachers strike continues

South Burlington High School

School board and SBEA fail to reach agreement after first bargaining session in more than a week. Meanwhile, school officials have decided to allow extracurricular activities to continue as scheduled.

Lt. Gov. Scott calls for central board to regulate school costs

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott at the governor's budget address on Jan. 15, 2014. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Scott says an education board similar to the Green Mountain Care Board could help keep school costs under control. His opponent, Dean Corren, says that would only create more government bureaucracy.

SCOV Law Blog: Torts, threats and thuggery

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This case helps define how much responsibility a police officer has to protect a specific person when a complaint is made about a potential attacker.

Low reimbursements threaten Blueprint for Health despite promising results

A nurse bandages a patient at Central Vermont Medical Center

The state’s Blueprint for Health program is reducing health care costs by strengthening preventive care; but low payment rates could mean trouble for Blueprint in the near future. Lawmakers are considering raising those rates, but acknowledge it will be difficult in the current budget climate.

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