The new Farm Bill was signed into law a little over a month ago. It includes $8.9 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. Those $8.9 billion come from eliminating a loophole known as “heat and eat”, which tied food benefits to heating assistance. That loophole was only used in 17 states, including Vermont. And those states are now trying to find ways to fill the gap in food assistance funding.
Think of Marlboro as a gas station on the information superhighway.
There’s enough gas for everyone, but there’s a limited number of pumps.
As a result, some Marlboro FairPoint customers have to wait in line to get broadband service, even though it’s available at their address. They are unserved residents in an area with broadband service.
When asked to choose a metaphor to describe the salary negotiation process, women pick "going to the dentist." Most men choose "winning a ballgame." In Vermont, women still make on average 87 percent of what their male colleagues do. Perhaps that’s partly because they’re not asking for more?
We’ll talk to Cheryl Hanna, Vermont Law School Professor, and Cary Brown, executive director of The Vermont Commission on Women, about pay equity and what women can do to be better negotiators.
At the Plymouth Notch homestead of President Calvin Coolidge, a foundation is working to build a national following of the president and an appreciation of his legacy.
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"Coolidge was the only president under whose tenure the federal government actually got smaller," says former Gov. Jim Douglas of the president, pictured here in 1925. Critics of the Coolidge Foundation worry that it will promote a partisan agenda.
For years the legacy of President Calvin Coolidge has centered on his Vermont roots, and qualities like honesty and humility.
The exhibits at the Coolidge Museum and Education Center in Plymouth Notch emphasize that image and Coolidge’s folksy side.
Downstairs in the same building, in the offices of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, a group is working to present another side of Coolidge and build a national following. To do that, the foundation has hired a high profile CEO.
Three hundred eighty teenage cross-country skiers from 23 states spent the week of March 3 competing at Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center. The racers are the next generation of Olympians and World Cup skiers. They were in Stowe for the Junior National Cross-Country Championships. Event organizer Kristina von Trapp Frame is our guide to the U-18 Boys 10 kilometer final.
State officials say a newly disclosed security breach involving Vermont Health Connect has not jeopardized the personal data of consumers. But a critic of the new health insurance website isn’t convinced the incident was so benign. And this latest episode promises to spark yet another political dustup over the massive reform initiative.
State officials don’t know who broke into the system, or what they wanted. But from an Internet address that was later traced to Romania, the attacker in December made his way undetected into a server located in Phoenix, Ariz.