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Shumlin addresses other issues at luncheon

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Most of the dozen or so questions Gov. Peter Shumlin fielded at the Legislative Lunch at Middlebury’s American Legion hall on Monday dealt with the proposed natural gas pipeline that would bisect the county.

But in his limited time in Middlebury the governor also briefly touched upon:

•His hope to have all New England states raise their minimum wage rates to $10.10 per hour by 2017.

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Editorial: Shumlin's bold vision shadows a weakness amid lofty goals

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By Angelo Lynn



Gov. Peter Shumlin’s strength, as witnessed by his Monday visit to Middlebury to speak at a legislative luncheon, is the mile-high clarity through which he sees political challenges.

A corresponding weakness is that he too quickly dismisses the swamps that lie in the weeds of detail between his lofty goals. It’s a trait that transcends issues, from the natural gas pipeline, to health care reform and school governance.

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Opinion: Problem with rising school taxes in Montpelier

Posted on March 21, 2014 |
By Jay Harrington



The article “Lawmakers lament school tax hikes” (Addison Independent, March 13) made me concerned because the lawmakers didn’t see the disconnect between the school budgets’ changes and the state’s school property tax rate.

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Guest editorial: Consolidation is a first step

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



If nothing is done, Vermont lawmakers will approve a seven-cent increase in the statewide property tax rate, which would be the largest increase ever imposed to fund our schools.

That’s not likely. The governor has promised the increase would be less. The House Ways and Means Committee has already proposed a plan that would cut the increase to five cents.

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Lawmakers eye changes in Vermont school financing system

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By John Flowers



NEW HAVEN — Area lawmakers on Monday explained their latest efforts to deal with an issue on many Addison County residents’ minds during town meeting week: education property taxes, which have been escalating each year while the number of school-age children in the state has been declining.

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Editorial: Put the onus of education spending where it belongs

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Following 34 school budget defeats across the state on Town Meeting Day, the most since 2003, Gov. Peter Shumlin displayed an uncharacteristically tin ear Wednesday by suggesting school budgets woes rested in the hands of local residents.  

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Eric Davis: Single-payer plan must be explained

Posted on February 19, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



The Shumlin administration plans to launch a single-payer health care system in Vermont on Jan. 1, 2017. The administration needs to provide Vermonters with more information on those plans, preferably before the November 2014 elections.

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Opinion: Health debate misses moral focus

Posted on January 27, 2014 |
By Walter Carpenter



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Local man still struggles with Vt. Health Connect

Posted on January 20, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — Jeff Keeney’s patience for Vermont Health Connect, the state’s incarnation of the Affordable Care Act, has run out.

“I don’t believe anything from Vermont Health Connect,” Keeney said late last week. “They’ve been wrong every step of the way.”

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Health care exchange is not ready for small businesses

Posted on January 16, 2014 |
By Morgan True VTDigger.com



WINOOSKI — Small businesses that have not yet enrolled in Vermont Health Connect insurance plans will be able to sign up directly with insurers, state officials announced Tuesday morning.

The announcement from the Shumlin administration is a tacit acknowledgement that the state’s health care exchange website won’t be ready in time to sign up small businesses that need to obtain coverage for workers in 2014.

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