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.
Jim Leddy, the president of AARP in Vermont
and a former state senator, says a new survey indicates that the number of under-insured
people in the state is growing at an alarming rate, and that lawmakers need to expand the state’s health program.
AARP Vermont says it will use its political
muscle to work for an expansion of the state’s Catamount Health program. The group, which represents older Americans, wants Vermont’s
small businesses to be able to enroll in Catamount.
The House has given overwhelming support to legislation designed to make Vermont homes and businesses more energy efficient. The
bill replaces similar legislation that Governor Douglas vetoed last year. The
administration now says it likes the measure, but it faces questions in the
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.
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
Governor Jim Douglas says Vermont may join a lawsuit to block the Bush administration from cutting funds for children’s health care programs.
But Douglas says he’ll only turn to court if the White House and Congress fail to find a compromise.