The State Of The State’s Downtowns

We look at what tools are at the disposal of Vermont’s downtowns and village centers and the challenges they’re facing. Also, we get some insight into the controversy over Greg Mortenson’s work in Afghanistan. Plus, we hear about Poultney’s audio walking and driving tours.

Coalition pushing for expansion of Catamount Health

One of the key issues of the legislative session involves an expansion of the Catamount Health Care program. A coalition of consumer and business groups is urging lawmakers to make it much easier for people to participate in the new program. But it’s likely some of these changes will require more state funds. VPRs Bob Kinzel reports.

Vermont’s Current Use Program

In 1978, Vermont legislators created the Use Value Appraisal Program, designed to help preserve undeveloped land and to create greater equity in property taxes. Thirty years later, 65% of the state’s agricultural land is enrolled. This coming session, the legislature is set to re-examine the program based on recommendations from a task force. We look at how well the program has worked for Vermont, and how it could possibly change.