October 16th, 2014
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, beset by financial woes since the Vermont Agency of Education earlier this year said it would withhold funds because of “very weak” bookkeeping and many accounting problems, has taken another step toward putting the school district on firm financial ground.
Superintendent JoAn Canning announced on Monday that Windsor Northwest business manager Tonia Mears has accepted the business manager position in the Vergennes-area school district, effective Oct. 28.
MIDDLEBURY — It’s not even close to Thanksgiving yet, let alone Christmas, but Middlebury’s MaKayla Foster is already assembling a variety of items for a massive holiday gift packing event this Sunday, Oct. 19.
This week’s writer is Allan Rodgers, MBA, MEd, a professor of business at, and former president of, Vermont Technical College.
Twenty years ago, the Vermont State Colleges hit the demographic iceberg of declining future high school graduates. The good ship VSC has been taking on water ever since and the slow sinking has finally become visible on the top deck. From recent articles in various publications, it would seem that the iceberg was only recently discovered, but the truth is that the lower birth rate curve was sighted and struck 20 years ago.
HEALTH CARE: States have regulated health insurance for decades. The federal government began their efforts in 1965 as President Johnson met the issues of insuring the aged and the poor (Medicaid and Medicare). ERISA, President Bush’s Part D drug coverage and President Obama’s Affordable Care Act all sought to make medical care approachable.
HEALTH CARE: Government’s role is to protect patient safety, maintain health standards, license providers, insure solvency reserves, and ensure timely access to care. It is governments roll to provide a safety net to those unable to afford healthcare.
What government should not do is to create a multi-billion dollar health care monopoly where patients have no choices, providers are controlled by government and taxpayers assessed staggering new taxes.
HEALTH CARE: We have a great network of community hospitals and providers here in Vermont. We should not fault them for engaging in business practices that are necessary to be sustainable in our current health care financing environment. Yet this environment is disastrous for providers, employers, families and for patients who struggle to pay the bills.