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April 16th, 2015
Gov. Shumlin’s admission that Vermont would not be achieving single-payer health care in 2017 has disappointed a lot of people. I even received a sympathy card about it, from a good friend in Portland, Ore.! It is sad to imagine that folks all over the United States may have been looking to Vermont for a workable solution to the healthcare crisis, and now we are letting them down due to budgetary woes.
BRISTOL — Voters in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union rejected two of the three school budgets up for consideration Tuesday. It is the latest chapter in a tumultuous spring for the district, which has also seen a citizens petition calling for the removal of the superintendent and a near-unanimous vote of no confidence in his leadership by the teachers’ union.
Residents rejected spending plans for Mount Abraham Union High School by a tally of 755 to 485, and Bristol Elementary School, 224 to 166.
SHOREHAM — The Education finance reform bill approved by the Vermont House last Thursday would accomplish three things, according to Rep. David Sharpe: set a statewide education property tax rate, cap school spending for three years and create larger school districts.
The Bristol Democrat, who chairs the House Education Committee, described the bill at a Legislative Breakfast in Shoreham on Monday, where local lawmakers also shared details of what has already been a busy April in the Statehouse.
Bill H.361, as described by Sharpe on Monday, would:
MIDDLEBURY — Twenty-seven-year-old Nathan Dearing, who had been barred from driving, got behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol and killed a 55-year-old Middlebury man who was bicycling with his wife in Weybridge early Tuesday evening, Addison County prosecutors allege.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College is proposing to add four new student residences that would contain a combined total of 158 beds, a project aimed, college officials said, at reducing currently cramped housing conditions and encouraging on-campus living.
The new housing would be built in conjunction with the removal of temporary modular housing that was installed below the campus’s Western Ridgeline in 1997. That modular housing currently houses 35 students.
RUTLAND/BRANDON — Kyle Pinkham is sitting at a desk at the new Burlington Labs office in Rutland, wearing a black sweater, khaki pants and huge grin.
Yes, Pinkham is smiling, something he refused to do six months ago when he first sat down with The Reporter to talk about heroin addiction and all it has cost him, including his teeth.
Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced that she is a candidate for president in 2016. How is Clinton likely to fare in Vermont, in both the March Democratic Primary and the November General Election?