Two years ago, Vermont’s House Committee on Health Care became the first legislative panel in the country to approve a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The vote triggered a massive response from the beverage industry, which poured more than $600,000 into advertising and lobbying aimed at killing the measure.
“We really got outspent, big time,” says Tina Zuk, director of government relations for the American Heart Association. “I think we got outspent 80-to-1.”
Congress is scheduled to leave Washington at the end of the week with a number of critical issues still unresolved. Vermont’s delegation says there is hope for progress on two bills covering veterans’ health care and transportation funding.
The House and Senate are far apart on an immigration bill to deal with more than 52,000 undocumented children who have crossed the border.
Each year, Vermont towns vote on municipal budgets to outline their spending for the coming year. But in Brandon, this process is at an impasse. Last week, voters rejected Brandon’s town budget plan for the fourth time.
Lee Kahrs, Editor of the Brandon Reporter, spoke with Vermont Edition about why the budget has been so difficult to pass.
The Waitsfield Community Solar Project got a big boost Tuesday, in the form of an $80,000 grant from the state's Clean Energy Development Fund. Neighboring Warren was also granted $80,ooo for its community solar project, going up near the town's elementary school. These are just two of nine grants Gov. Peter Shumlin announced during his "Summer Solar Tour." All the grants were issued to community solar projects in Vermont.
When scientists need massive volumes of data or they need data collected over a huge geographic range, they often turn to well-trained citizen scientists for help. From counting the populations of species, to monitoring water quality, citizens scientists are contributing to research and learning about science in the process. Wednesday at noon on Vermont Edition, we dive into some of the research projects in Vermont that are boosted by citizen-gathered data.
After having spent years forcing my younger sister to play student with me as the teacher, it came as no surprise to my family when I decided to go to law school to become a professor. I was so excited when I finally got to meet with the faculty advisor for those of us who wanted to teach. For now, I’ll just call him Professor Kingsfield, for reasons that will become apparent.
So Professor Kingsfield met with me, asked a couple of questions, and after just a few seconds said, “I don’t think you’re law professor material.” Just like that. “Not law professor material.”
Vermont sends nearly 500 prisoners to privately run out-of-state facilities in Kentucky and Arizona. The contract with the company that operates these jails, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), comes up for renewal next year.
Now, a group of concerned Vermonters is proposing that room be made here to return these prisoners to the state.
Flash flooding closed roads in Chester and Andover yesterday. The Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at the Chester Fire Department to support first responders and people who may have had to move to safety.
Rising floodwaters blocked roads for a time on Routes 11 and 103, but both roads have re-opened as of this morning.
The Red Cross says that one Chester woman’s home was devastated by flooding, and was possibly destroyed.
The shelter closed last night, and Vermont State Police say no one spent the night there.