January 10th, 2011
How will Gov. Peter Shumlin make up a $150 million budget deficit, grow jobs, initiate a renaissance in Vermont agriculture, improve educational outcomes, expand broadband to the last mile and reform the state’s health care system to stop double-digit cost increases year after year — and do it all without raising broad-based taxes?
Editor's note: Putney Democrat Peter Shumlin was sworn in as Vermont's 81st Governor on January 6, 2011. This is his acceptance speech.
Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests, fellow Vermonters:
Thank you. It is an honor to stand before you today. Thank you, Governor Douglas, for 38 years of exemplary public service to the Green Mountain state. We are grateful for your hard work and sacrifice on our behalf and to Dorothy and your family for sharing so much of your life with us.
Editor's note: Middlesex Republican Phil Scott was sworn in as Vermont's 79th Lieutenant Governor on the morning of January 6, 2011. This is his acceptance speech.
Senators, invited guests, fellow Vermonters: it's an honor to be with you here today.
Before I begin, I'd like to recognize some special guests visiting us today from Canada:
Author’s note: This is the last in a second series of essays and reflections about Plato’s Laws. My concern in this essay is about an inconsistency in the Laws of Plato between idea of human freedom and the institution of slavery. I want to understand how Plato fell into it and to see if there is something to be learned from it.
On Tuesday — when the last of our holiday visitors left, the obsolete work calendars found the recycling bin, and I remembered to start writing 2011 — the fact that it really is a new year hit home.
By the immutable law of journalism, that means it’s time for one last look at 2010.
First, these were the local champions (and a few other noteworthy performers):
MIDDLEBURY — The visiting Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team earned what the Otters hope will be a breakthrough victory on Tuesday, when they rallied from an eight-point second-quarter deficit for a dramatic 46-43 win at Middlebury.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board is slashing an additional $174,000 from its 2011-2012 educational spending plan after receiving word this week that the Bristol school will post a projected $111,000 deficit this year.
A recently completed audit revealed a significant drop in Mount Abe’s projected revenues for next year that forced Co-principals Andy Kepes and Leon Wheeler to go back and make more spending cuts on top of the $266,767 that was eliminated earlier in the budget planning process.