What a difference a year makes.
In 2014, Gov. Peter Shumlin made national headlines with a bold State of the State address that highlighted opiate addiction.
Last year, by contrast, the governor had to find a back way out of the Statehouse after his annual address. His normal exit was blocked by dozens of angry protesters, who objected to his abandoning the dream of single-payer healthcare.
Fast forward to this year’s address — and once again Shumlin plays the role of bold leader.