January 25, 2003 – News at a glance

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Douglas tax cut plan
House Democratic leaders say they’re disappointed with Governor Douglas’s plan to cut the statewide property tax rate for Act 60. The Democrats say most Vermonters will not be affected by the proposal and that the major benefits will go to second home owners, the business community and people with incomes above $80,000. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Farm tax breaks
Lawmakers are studying a detailed plan to revive Vermont agriculture. The plan was drafted over the summer and fall by a panel of farmers and farm experts. Their report recommends a tax break for farmers that already has the support of Governor Jim Douglas. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Lost Nation Theater
Montpelier’s Lost Nation Theater opens its 26th season with two one-act plays celebrating the marriage of music and poetry. The first is a revival of the company’s signature piece, “Gunslinger” by Ed Dorn. The second is the world premier of Gary Moore’s “Beaver Falls”. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Douglas appointees approved
Several committees of the Vermont Senate have approved the appointment of commissioners in the new Douglas administration. (AP)

FAHC cost report
State officials say they should have more information from Fletcher Allen in ten days about the latest estimates on its huge expansion project. (AP)

Home heating assistance
The federal government is giving the state $2.1 million in extra money for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. (AP)

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