Vermont Watchdog Report
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Wednesday he has called off his plans for single-payer health care in Vermont for 2015, saying “now is not the right time.”
This week has been a wild ride for Vermont’s governor, Green Mountain Power utility crews, state residents, and even health-care activists.
At a Select Board meeting in East Middlebury Dec. 2 Guy Rouelle, Vermont Aviation Program director, outlined for the Board the state's plans to address safety and deferred maintenance at the Middlebury Airport with runway, taxi lane and apron improvements.
"Vermont GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne will seek votes from legislators, according to multiple online new reports Dec. 8..."
Vermont Gov. Shumlin (D) and the legislative leadership have recently discovered that Vermonters are really, really unhappy about ever rising school property taxes.
Vermont lawmakers will soon get to the task of deciding how much your taxes must go up to fund a $2.5 billion health care budget. That’s bad enough, but to add to your misery, you will also pay in the form of medical care withheld, thanks to the Green Mountain Care Board.
A Vermont Legislative Preview Breakfast with Betsy Bishop, president of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce will be held in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7:30–9 a.m. at the Ilsley Library Community Room. A continental breakfast will be available. For more details or to RSVP, contact the Addison County Chamber of Commerce at 802-388-7951.
Green Mountain Power was recognized as the first utility in the world to become a Certified B Corp Dec. 1.
Leach Farms, Inc., a dairy farm in Enosburg Falls has admitted to violations of Vermont’s water pollution law and agricultural practice regulations and will pay $40,000 in civil penalties for the water quality violations.
The Vermont administrative state is again on the march.
Vermont Watchdog Report
The State of Vermont has stopped payment on the contract of Jonathan Gruber following a series of video statements showing the Obamacare architect repeatedly insulting voters and intentionally misleading the public in the crafting of the Affordable Care Act.
Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, the Schumann distinguished scholar at Middlebury, delivered a lecture on the Tower of Babel and its relevance for higher education at college's Dana Auditorium Nov. 17 .
On Sunday’s Face the Nation, the venerable CBS newsman Bob Scheiffer revealed he was “dumbstruck when (he) heard the comments that are surfacing from an economist named Jonathan Gruber, who was paid $400,000 to help shape the President's health care plan.”
Vermont logger Reginald Riendeau will pay $60,000 in civil penalties for violating Vermont’s water quality and heavy cut timber laws.
Vermonters have been waiting years to find out how the state plans to pay for a $5 billion plus single payer healthcare system that will require at a minimum $2 billion in new taxes.
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