All three members of Vermont’s Congressional delegation say President Obama’s plan
to reduce the federal deficit by $3 trillion over the next 10 years is a
balanced approach to deal with a serious fiscal issue. But
they question if it
has a chance of being passed by Congress.
Congressman Peter Welch discusses the issues the lame duck session of Congress will address. Plus, Senator Patrick Leahy discusses a new study from the Pentagon regarding the military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" Policy. And, we listen back to the voices in the news this week.
Interest and demand is
on the rise for meat raised in our region, but some experts say there’s
a limit to how much meat we can produce if the capacity of our regional
slaughterhouses doesn’t keep up. Also, a comparison of how Vermont and New Hampshire are handling budget woes.
There’s some good news in the state’s Medicaid budget: the program needs less
money than anticipated for the remaining half of the fiscal year.
the health care program still faces a deficit in the years ahead.
The Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, Paul Reiber, says a
chronic under funding of the state’s judicial system is beginning to have a
serious impact on Vermont’s court
Reiber told a special legislative
panel that he’s projecting a million dollar deficit in this
year’s budget. And Reiber says there are no easy ways to deal with the shortfall.