The town of Craftsbury expects to cover about a third of its municipal energy needs with a new solar tracker. The 20-kilowatt panel recently installed at the town garage was funded by a payment made to the town by Green Mountain Power, which placed 21 turbines atop nearby Lowell Mountain. The select board opposed that wind project.
Craftsbury installs a solar tracker using money from the Kingdom Community Wind project. Essex and Rutland hold cleanup events to reduce stormwater runoff pollution. Library Trustees in Waitsfield consider renovations after the town office relocates to a new building.
Governor Peter Shumlin says he’ll abandon his quest to implement a single-payer health care system, if he can’t develop a financing plan that will improve Vermont’s economic climate. But he also says a good financing proposal could be an important catalyst for his effort to create more jobs.
Act 48, the law that put Vermont on the path to a single-payer health care system, was passed in 2011. It called on the governor to unveil a single-payer financing plan in January of 2013.
A visit to the hospital can be terrifying…and then you get the bill. Right now, hospitals receive money by billing for each patient visit, but sometimes those charges can seem out of synch with the services received.
We’ll talk to Tom Huebner, President and CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center, about whether it would be possible to bring costs down by changing the way they budget.
We’ll also hear from Richard Slusky, Director of Payment Reform for the Green Mountain Care Board, and Joe Woodin, CEO and President of Gifford Medical Center.
This month VPR's Bob Kinzel and Jane Lindholm will host a gubernatorial debate among Libertarian Dan Feliciano, Republican Scott Milne and Democratic incumbent Peter Shumlin. (Liberty Union candidate Peter Diamondstone has not responded to our invitation.) Our debate format includes questions from voters, and we want to hear from you.
The newly minted Commissioner for Children and Families spoke Thursday to the lawmakers scrutinizing his department. And Ken Schatz says reforms to child protective services are already underway.
It’s been a dark year for the Department for Children and Families. The deaths of two toddlers formerly under its watch have prompted a flood of public criticism. And operations at the department are the subject of a meticulous legislative review.
Studies show that people are increasingly choosing bicycles as a healthier, greener alternative to their cars. But Vermont’s hills pose challenges that some people can’t handle. That might explain the burgeoning interest in electric-assist bicycles.
On a Brattleboro side street recently about a dozen e-bike riders met to exchange information and compares notes on their equipment. The gathering resembled one of those car meet-ups, where people open their hoods and inspect each other’s engines. But the closest thing to engines here were electric motors and rechargeable batteries.