Peter Galbraith

Galbraith says Iran nuclear accord better than alternatives

Former U.S. ambassador and Vermont state senator Peter Galbraith speaks Friday night at a Brattleboro talk titled “The Iran Nuclear Agreement: Why it is good for America and how it may change the Middle East.” Photo by Kevin O’Connor/for VTDigger

The former U.S. ambassador and United Nations diplomat from Vermont has plenty to say about the plan negotiated by six world powers — but only hints at whether he’ll run for state office in 2016.

Peter Galbraith: A dentist’s argument for licensed dental practitioners

In my career as a dentist in Vermont, I saw children who were gargling with kerosene to numb their pain and teenage girls anxiously awaiting their 16th birthday so that they could get all of their teeth removed and replaced with dentures.

Peter Galbraith: Toward a health care solution

Even if Vermont won’t create single payer health care for everyone, we can still provide quality health care for those who are uninsured or underinsured.

Peter Galbraith: Legislators should opt for an open ballot for governor

If past practice prevails, the vote will be taken in secret. But the Legislature can fix this by making a simple rules change when it first meets on Wednesday.

Watch Windham County Senate debate

Brattleboro Community Television filmed a debate featuring four candidates competing in the Democratic primary for the state Senate. The Windham County Democratic Committee sponsored the forum held on Thursday; James Valente, partner at the Brattleboro law firm Costello, Valente & Gentry, P.C., moderated the debate. Four candidates are contending for the two seats in the Democratic […]

Former Ag chief Roger Allbee seeks Windham Senate seat

This article is by Mike Faher of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published June 11, 2014. TOWNSHEND — Roger Allbee’s run for state Senate is all about experience, he says. That’s not to say he has experience as a legislator. Rather, Allbee believes his leadership positions — he is chief executive officer […]

Galbraith leaves open seat in Windham County

Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham, a member of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee, sponsored the original forest integrity bill.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Senate Democrat Peter Galbraith, who often crossed swords with party leaders, will retire to focus on solutions to the Syrian civil war. Two hopefuls step in.

Vernon tax break will expire in 2019

After extended negotiations in Montpelier, the town’s property owners now know when their valuable tax break will expire.

Legislative wrap: Lawmakers used second half of the biennium to plan for Green Mountain Care

Gov. Peter Shumlin after the GMO labeling press conference on May 8, 2014.  Photo by John Herrick

Without a funding proposal from the administration, lawmakers began to prepare for universal health coverage the best they could, while adding minor reforms.

Galbraith hints at administration’s health care funding plan

Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham, a member of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee, sponsored the original forest integrity bill.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Senator says Shumlin weighing combination of premiums, payroll tax and gross receipts tax to pay for universal coverage.

Senate signs off on budget bill

Senators consider the budget bill Tuesday at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Galbraith’s attempts to modify the governor’s $4.5 million Enterprise Investment Fund plan fall short.

Senate tries to ban sale of powdered alcohol products

Screenshot from CBS This Morning.

Federal regulators this month gave and then rescinded approval of Palcohol, which is mixed with water to create an alcoholic beverage.

Senate gives initial approval to $5.5 billion budget

Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell, D-Windsor, mediates a disagreement over whether Sen. Peter Galbraith should be allowed to reference corporate salaries in his comments on business incentives. Sen. Richard Mazza (left) speaks with Galbraith. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

The Senate version would raise General Fund spending by 3.7 percent and overall spending by 4.2 percent. It includes $28.6 million to fund retired teachers’ health care and medical benefits, and shuffles some departmental responsibilities.

Story + video: Senate gives initial OK to health care reform bill — in the absence of a financing plan from the governor

Gov. Peter Shumlin address participants in a Vermont Health Connect forum held at Capitol Plaza  Hotel in Montpelier last month. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Shumlin reiterated at a Thursday news conference that he wasn’t hiding the plan from lawmakers or the public; rather he just wants the plan to be fully vetted before its release.

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