There is widespread agreement among early childhood educators, parents and lawmakers that the economics of child care don’t work. Advocates are hoping this is the year Vermont makes big changes to child care funding.
Noah Kahan remembers getting excited when a song he put on SoundCloud hit a thousand plays. Now, his songs have been streamed more than a billion times.
State Curator David Schutz is again rearranging and refreshing the art hung on the walls of the Statehouse.
According to new projections, the state’s general fund could see a nearly 9% decrease in the next fiscal year, a drop that would outpace even the 2009 downturn during the Great Recession.
The towns that could benefit most from federal grant programs are often the least equipped to pursue a competitive application process. Both lawmakers and Gov. Phil Scott are considering ways to change that.
Gov. Phil Scott has long called for additional investments in child care, but never on the scale that advocates have said will be necessary to make a real dent in the problem.
The proposal includes multimillion dollar appropriations towards broadband, health care staffing, rural infrastructure assistance and more.
Rep. Anne Donahue, R-Northfield, was a vocal opponent of Vermont’s reproductive rights amendment. She believes her advocacy work led to her removal from the House Health Care Committee.
Sens. Kesha Ram Hinsdale, Ruth Hardy and Russ Ingalls were named chairs of standing committees in the upper chamber on Thursday.
Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, Attorney General Charity Clark, Auditor Doug Hoffer, Secretary of State Sarah Copeland Hanzas and Treasurer Mike Pieciak officially commenced their two-year terms Thursday.