This week concerns grew about invasive plants spread by floodwaters
during Tropical Storm Irene. The Dover Select Board decided to use funds
from its local sales tax to attract tourists to Deerfield Valley.
Waterbury was looking for ways to help guide the town’s long-term
recovery. The Green Mountain Care Board met for the first time. And
Tong Chen was named teacher of the year.
State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding and Transportation Secretary David Dill discusses a proposal for a new gas tax to improve Vermont’s transportation infrastructure. VPR’s John Dillon examines the deep cuts that are being made to the state budget. And we listen back to some of the voices in the week’s news.
state budget and campaign finance problems were only part of the news this
week. We also heard in-depth reporting on pollution in Lake Champlain, the attorney general
defended how prosecutors go after sex offenders, a new health center was
designated for Lamoille County, and oil prices were blamed
on market speculators. We listen back to some of the voices in the news this week.
Experts in child sex abuse want to shift the state’s conversation from how to punish offenders, to how to prevent these crimes in the first place. We find out what kids need to know to keep themselves safe.
The Prosecution of sex crimes
and state budget cuts were the big stories this week, but we also dealt with flooding from ongoing
rains, continues concern about winter heating, and an effort by China to stall a piece of recycling legislation in Vermont. We listen back to some
of the voices in the news this week.
The attorney general and most of the state’s prosecutors are in favor of
changes that would make it easier to prosecute sex crimes. We talk with Attorney General Bill Sorrell and
Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage about why they support
these reforms. And VPR’s Ross Sneyd joins us to analyze how the
candidates for governor are approaching this issue.
As the Legislature heads for adjournment this
weekend, the news this week was busy with stories on legislative action. The
economic stimulus plan, exceptions to the billboard law, toxic plastics in baby
toys and the mechanism for raising school budgets were debated. Vermont
Yankee’s decommissioning fund, food stamp usage and school test scores were
also on people’s minds.