Patrick Leahy is presiding over the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the confirmation of Attorney General-designate Eric Holder; Vermont legislators will have to decide this year what to do about a state office building in Bennington;
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New England will experience a significant recession; a fund set up to
help workers in the Bennington State office building has fallen short
by $230,000; Congressman Peter Welch says Waxman election to Chair the
House Committee on Energy and Commerce spells good news for VT; more…
Governor Douglas criticizes a plan by Entergy Nuclear to
spin off 5 of its facilities into a separate company that would start deep in debt.
The legislature previously supported a bill that would have required Yankee to
show it had adequate funding for decommissioning, but Douglas vetoed it; more…
Former governor Madeleine Kunin says she’ll urge lawmakers
in the upcoming Legislative session to support a four-year term for governor.
Kunin says a longer term is needed because
state government is now dealing with more complicated issues.
But UVM political science professor Frank Bryan says
the plan will insulate governors from voters.
Companies large and small face a growing threat that their products and services could be pirated or counterfeited. But the U.S. Patent Office says there are ways to protect intellectual property rights and preserve good jobs.