Lawmakers are looking to solve a glitch in the welfare system that can discourage low-income Vermonters from taking good-paying jobs. But addressing the problem will cost money. And advocates for needy residents are concerned about the funding mechanism.
For some welfare recipients, getting a promotion can be costly. That's due to an odd phenomenon known as the "benefits cliff." And it happens when the additional income from a pay raise isn’t enough to offset the reductions in state assistance that could come as a result.
At several town meetings held this past week in New Hampshire, voters weighed in on non-binding resolutions opposing the flow of tar sands oil through their communities.
But the town of Lancaster, on the Vermont border, sent a resounding message of support for a pipeline company some worry will carry tar sands oil from Canada to Maine.
The two companies that own the pipelines that now carry crude oil west from Portland to Quebec insist they have no immediate plans to reverse that flow and change the fuel to the more corrosive tar sands oil.
Vermont dairy farmers are getting record high prices for their milk. According the USDA, farmers are receiving a minimum of $23.57 per hundredweight. By comparison, in 2009 prices dipped under $12, which is far below the cost of production.
Diane Bothfeld is deputy secretary for dairy policy at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. She says the current price is the highest ever, based on records dating back to 1977.
On Town Meeting Day, school budgets were defeated in 35 communities around Vermont. So, should Vermont re-design the way that it funds education? Governor Peter Shumlin says declining student enrollment is at the heart of the problem.
House Education Committee Chair Joey Donovan and Senate Education Committee Chair Dick McCormack discuss a plan to consolidate school districts and talk about the Legislature’s reaction to the budget defeats.
If you’re really tired of snow by now, you might want to consider a walk in the woods. With a little bit of knowledge and a lot of attention, the snow-covered forest can open a window into the lives of wild animals that are all around us, but seldom seen.
Lynn Levine is a forester from Dummerston and the author of Animal Tracks and Scat, a hands-on tracking book. She often leads tracking workshops for schools, nature centers and other groups.
VPR’s Susan Keese tagged along on one such outing recently.
Usually, when we study history, we look back at the leaders, the icons and the heroes to understand the times gone by. But another way to study history is to look at the ne’er-do-wells, the criminals, and the…well jerks.