Stephanie Barrett of the Joint Fiscal Office briefed Republican Lawmakers on the budget landscape going into the 2011 legislative session. In response to questions by Rep. Patti Komline and Minority Leader Don Turner, Barrett indicated that the projected $150 million budget gap legislators will have to close might actually be wider than advertised.
by Rob Roper Floyd Nease (D-Johnson), who served as the Majority Leader in the Vermont House of Representatives for the past four years, officially resigned his seat on January 11, 2011 to pursue a job as Executive Director of the Vermont Association for Mental Health. It now falls upon Governor Peter Shumlin to appoint a […]
by Angela Chagnon “I am pleased and proud to report that the Death with Dignity National Center in Oregon has decided to partner with us and bring to us their expertise and a pledge for $100,000 of the total ($200,000 budget),” wrote Dick Walters, president of Patient Choices at End of Life-Vermont (now Patient […]
by Rob Roper 2010 witnessed a groundswell of pro-school choice sentiment in Vermont. When Secretary of Education Armando Villaseca and legislators in the house and senate proposed various plans for consolidating Vermont’s 280 school districts into anywhere from sixteen to sixty larger districts, parents in Vermont’s “tuitioning” towns took notice. Consolidation would effectively eliminate Vermont’s […]
by Angela Chagnon The Vermont Center for Independent Living recently began running a series of television ads to in anticipation of the controversial “Patient End of Life Choices” bill that will be in all likelihood be introduced to the legislature this session. If Governor Peter Shumlin is true to his word, the organization, which […]
by True North For ten years True North followers turned to their radios from 11:00 to noon to hear a conservative perspective on Vermont politics. But, as of January 2011, True North Radio will make a transition and an expansion to an all internet based platform — True North Reports. With the change in medium […]
by Angela Chagnon On day one of the 2011 legislative session, a full day before Governor Elect Peter Shumlin would even be sworn into office, activists led by the Vermont Workers’ Center filled (and overflowed) the Cedar Creek Room of the State House demanding a Single Payer Health system. The event’s emcee, Mari Cordes, serves […]
True North Reports – Heath Care is a Human Right event See the commitment to enacting a single payer health care system in 2011 from Speaker of the House, Shap Smith, Sen. Bill Carris on behalf of Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell, and the chairs of both the House and Senate Health Committees.