The governor’s chief of health care reform, Lawrence Miller, says the ongoing technical problems at the state’s health care exchange have undermined political support for a single payer system. But Miller says the administration has more than enough time to rectify this situation.
Gov. Peter Shumlin wants to implement a single payer system in Vermont in 2017. For this to happen, lawmakers would have to support a financing plan for the new system and the state would need to get a waiver from the federal government.
Vermont Gas Systems is again alerting regulators about cost increases related to the natural gas pipeline the company hopes will bring service to Rutland.
On Friday, less than a month after telling the Vermont Public Service Board about a $35 million cost increase in Phase 1 of the project, the company is telling the board that Phase 2 will also be above the cost the company originally planned on - to the tune of $10 million.
Turmoil involving some town officials and the town’s police force has continued to roil this month.
Sgt. Bridget Tweedie filed a written complaint with Selectboard member Donn Downey earlier this month, accusing him of “blatant disregard” for Vermont’s public records law when he discussed emails between himself and the interim police chief during a public Selectboard meeting.
Tweedie also took issue with Downey providing the emails to the Valley News prior to the meeting.
A new dairy processing plant at Vermont Technical College is slated go online in the near future. The plant will provide educational opportunities for students, but administrators also hope it will help the college balance its budget.
VTC’s ongoing deficit problems, which have required millions of dollars in loans from the state college system to the Randolph Center school have been largely attributed to a drop in student enrollment.
Ongoing problems with the state’s health care exchange have prompted renewed calls for major changes in the way that individuals and small businesses purchase health insurance in Vermont. But Gov. Peter Shumlin is resisting these changes.
Vermont Health Connect has had technical problems right from the start. For instance, the online payment system for small businesses has never worked and there’s no solution on the horizon. So the Shumlin Administration is allowing these businesses to buy their policies directly from the insurance companies through next year.
How do you take a clay model and carve it in marble two, three or even 10 times larger? Normally, you’d have to go to Italy to develop this rare skill. But The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland is bringing Italy to Vermont.
They’re offering a special six-day course in advanced Italian compass enlargement techniques.
Vermont has the most cheese producers per capita in the nation and many of them were on hand to show off the complexity of their craft at the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival this month in Shelburne.
Cheese enthusiasts lined up at vendors’ tables to taste all the products they had to offer. And while you may think this would lead to fearsome competition, Vermont cheesemakers have banded together to expand their market as VPR's Catherine Hays learned.