While the Legislature next year is likely to focus on a financing plan for a single payer system, the chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board Al Gobeille says "job number one" is bringing the cost of health care much closer to the rate of inflation.

In the middle of January, Gov. Peter Shumlin is scheduled to unveil his long awaited plan to finance a single payer health care system and lawmakers will review the proposal during the session.

Audio from this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Union organizing efforts by adjunct faculty at Champlain College and Burlington College came to a successful conclusion Monday.  A union vote at a third college will be announced next week.

The majority of adjunct faculty at the two colleges voted to join the Service Employees International Union, which has been organizing at colleges around the country. 

Naomi Winterfalcon, who helped organize the union effort at Champlain College, says the union, 'seemed like a pipe dream at the beginning of the semester."

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Ever since the repeal of Prohibition, the state of Vermont has controlled over the sale of hard liquor. But a new report from the state auditor suggests that perhaps it’s time to privatize Vermont’s retail booze industry.

Judging by the statistics at least, finding the holiday spirit apparently involves a trip to the local liquor store. 

Audio from this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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This week, as shopping carts overflow with tasty, sometimes expensive food, it’s easy to forget that the first Thanksgiving was not about bounty. It was about scarcity and sharing, as natives and settlers helped each other through a tough time.

In Hardwick, the spirit of giving smells a lot like warm pumpkin pie.

Audio for this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

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You've got your favorite turkey recipe, your favorite pecan pie recipe, and your favorite side dish. But what wine do you serve to go along with all those dishes? What wine to you bring to your friend's house for the big dinner?

Don't feel stumped! Our wine experts are here to help. We'll talk to Kevin Clayton, owner of Village Wine and Coffee in Shelburne, and Keven Ring, wine director at Twin Farms Resort in Barnard, about how to choose the right wines for your holiday meals.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders voted against the Keystone XL pipeline, and he supports President Obama's decision to protect some undocumented immigrants from deportation. Those are two of the issues we'll discuss with Sanders when he joins us on the next Vermont Edition. We'll also look at two of Sanders' priorities: addressing suicides among military veterans, and bringing down the prices of generic prescription drugs.

Broadcast live on Mon., Nov. 24 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Last week, President Barack Obama announced plans to give undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents deportation relief for three years. The plan applies to people who have been in the U.S. for at least five years.
 

The executive order would also have an effect on younger immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

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Last week over 100 Vermonters participated in Hunger Free Vermont’s 5th Annual 3SquaresVT Challenge as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Challenge participants were asked to eat on the average 3SquaresVT budget: approximately $36 for the week for one person. That's about $1.72 per meal.

Audio for this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24.

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More than a hundred schools across Vermont are trying a new way to keep kids from being disruptive. It’s called PBIS—short for “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support.”

The report was prepared by the State Agency of Administration. Its goal is to develop a plan for eliminating the home’s need for state subsidies by 2018. The study attributes recent shortfalls in part to a low census. The facility is budgeted for 171 beds but typically has fewer than 130 residents.

But Steve Howard of the Vermont State Employees Association, which represents workers at the home, says downsizing isn’t the answer.

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