Martha Abbott was declared the winner in the Progressive’s gubernatorial primary, Burlington unveiled a new plan for the Champlain Parkway, Vermont Tourism reached out to gay and lesbian travelers, Randy Brock called for an end to the Green Mountain Care Board and Triple-E was responsible for the death of a second Vermonter.
These were some of the voices in the news this week.
(Progressive Gubernatorial Candidate Martha Abbott) "At this point we feel that, even though we have differences with Governor Shumlin on a number of other issues, that this year it would be important not to make the difference in that race and not to be a factor in that race, and we have other races we want to focus on."
(Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger) "There are transportation benefits of this plan. But there would also be some broader economic development opportunities that could flow from this. There is the possibility of creating new, urban blocks, if you will in this new street grid that could add to the dynamism of the south end of Burlington."
(Willie Docto, president, Vermont Gay Tourism Association) "I will meet people at the Boston Pride, or the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Travel Show and people will say, ‘Vermont? Vermont is gay friendly?’ It tells me that we still have to continue to spread that word."
(Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock) "We’ve essentially ceded the authority of the Legislature and of the government and of the people to oversee a sixth of our economy by essentially giving almost unfettered and certainly in the United States unprecedented control to a five member board that has neither been elected nor is directly accountable to the public."
(Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen) "We’ve had a major tragedy in Vermont with the loss of these two lives and certainly my sympathies got out to the families and the communities, because having lived in Mendon for all those years I know that it had a tremendous effect on those communities too."