We hear both sides of the debate over how CVPS should return $21 million to its ratepayers as part of its merger with Green Mountain Power and Congressman Peter Welch discusses campaign finance reform.
Peter Welch says it’s critical for Congress to pass a campaign finance
bill that will regulate this year’s elections. Welch
voted for a bill, adopted by the U.S. House, that contains new
requirements for corporations and labor unions.
leaders vowed to pass a bill in response to the U.S. Supreme Court
that allows corporations and labor unions to spend an unlimited amount
of money on a political campaign. But
gaining support in an election year has been a challenge.
Peter Welch is supporting a proposed constitutional amendment to overturn the
U.S. Supreme Court decision on campaign finance reform, as well as short term measures that he says will lessen the
impact of the ruling on this year’s elections.
The Legislature is eager to pass new campaign finance rules in time for
the 2008 elections. Bob Kinzel’s guests look at the bill’s prospects. Also in the program, news analysis from VPR’s John Dillon, and we hear
from NPR’s Juan Williams. Williams was in Vermont this week to speak
to teachers for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.