The trees are bare, the temperature is dropping… it’s perfect weather to curl up with a good book. We’ll get a few must-read recommendations from this fall's publishing season.
Also, what's on your holiday book gift list? Claire Benedict, co-owner of Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, and Linda Ramsdell, owner of The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, will help us to navigate the literary profusion.
Can the University of Vermont mark the 50th anniversary of its hockey program by returning to post-season glory? Does Norwich University have enough experience to extend its streak of appearances in Division III’s Frozen Four? And is Middlebury College poised to end a three-year absence from the NCAA tournament?
The Senate and House have taken very different approaches to this legislation. The Senate bill contains a new dairy program that combines a voluntary price insurance plan with a supply management component. The Senate bill also cuts the Food Stamp program by roughly 4 billion dollars over the next 10 years.
In contrast, the House voted against the new dairy plan, and in a separate bill, it cut the Food Stamp program by 40 billion dollars.
Leahy is a member of the conference committee negotiating the details of a new Farm Bill.
Site glitches and failures have turned Vermont Health Connect, the state’s healthcare exchange, into a political football. Republican leaders are calling on the Shumlin Administration to invoke an emergency provision of state law that allows Vermonters to keep their current health care coverage if the exchange isn’t working as planned.
As state teams scramble alongside contractors to get the exchange website fully functional, it remains the largest information technology project the state has ever undertaken, according to the official overseeing the build out.
For the past few months, Blue Cross Vice President Kevin Goddard has raised strong concerns about the operational capability of the computer programs that are the foundation of the state’s new health care exchange.
Goddard is concerned that the testing period for these systems has been far too short. A number of people are still reporting problems logging onto the website of Vermont Health Connect and this week state officials are trying to fix a problem with the exchange’s online payment system. Goddard says time is running short to find a solution.