House Speaker Shap Smith outlines his priorities for this session of the Legislature and his ideas for closing the state’s budget gap. Plus, we hear about the state’s new Organ Donor Registry and the need for organ transplants in Vermont.
Today is the deadline for school
districts to report on whether they can make the budget-cutting targets set by
Vermont’s Challenges for Change law. The goal was for schools statewide to cut a
collective $23 million dollars of spending.
Commissioner Armando Vilaseca says there’s no question that the quality of
education in Vermont will suffer if school budget cuts that are part of
the "Challenges for Change" law are put into place.
Democratic candidate for Governor Doug Racine discusses his priorities for the state. Plus, Valley News reporter John Gregg examines why New Hampshire Republicans believe they’re in a strong position this year. And Summer School continues with a lesson in orienteering.
The Challenges for Change bill will be one of the last items to be
addressed by the Legislature this year. But
some lawmakers are concerned that they’re being asked to vote on a bill
transforms government programs without having studied the details.
The Vermont House continues to debate the ‘Challenges for Change’ cost-cutting legislation. But
because the bill doesn’t achieve all of the targeted savings, the House
voted to come back in a special session in July to review additional
Republicans say the debate over the "Challenges for Change" bill is moving too fast, and that it gives
Douglas Administration too much authority to make budget cuts after
they’re pushing for a special session to address the issue.
The department looks to find $10 million dollars in savings, and it could involve releasing non-violent offenders early. Also, the increased visibility of Vermont’s Chief Justice, and an update on the wool market.