Debate over Act 68 school funding; Legislative committee examines issue of asbestos contamination in Lowell; Justice Deparment will investigate salmonella outbreak after Sen. Leahy calls for probe of Peanut Corp. of America; Commentator John Fox on the yin and yang of the Superbowl.
Governor Jim Douglas wants to avoid using rainy day funds to help deal
with the state’s budget deficit; Treasurer Jeb Spaulding proposes a new
gas tax to help pay for bridge repairs; The switch is flipped on a new
solar energy project in Montpelier; Dennise Casey, Governor Douglas’
former campaign manager, is appointed to be his chief of staff;
Commentator Peter Gilbert takes note of Alistair Cooke’s 100th birthday.
Vt. lawmakers hear more bleak economic news; Auto dealers are concerned
about declining sales; A decommissioning fund for Vermont Yankee
dropped in value by $33 million in October; Former Senator Jim Jeffords
made a last minute decision in 1978 not to go to Jonestown with a
colleague. Today marks 30 years since the mass suicide in Guyana;
Commentator Jay Craven discusses expressing the election outcome
Some political observers note a shift in strategy in the Douglas campaign; Governors association calls on Congress to pass economic recovery package; Commission will look into reasons for farmers’ declining milk checks; Commentator Ted Levin says that in New England it’s possible to be a naturalist and a runner at the same time.
Gubernatorial candidate Anthony Pollina wants to focus on prevention programs for sexual abuse;Health Commissioner urges pandemic preparation; A new park and ride opens tomorrow in Randolph; and Commentator Deborah Luskin contemplates the ‘three R’s’: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Gubernatorial candidates divided on what happens if election is decided by Legislature; as budgets tighten, an advocacy group urges
the public not to forget about Vermont’s wildlife; police are sorting
through circumstances of an accidental shooting in Essex; Vermont’s
minimum wage will increase by 5% in January.