New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was just one of the many to tweet about the relief felt last night after a state trooper finally captured David Sweat, one of two convicted killers who escaped from a maximum-security prison upstate more than three weeks ago.
On Jan. 27 of this year, there were more than 1,500 homeless people living in Vermont. That annual snapshot is down slightly from last year, according to new numbers from the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance. But that number doesn’t tell the whole story.
When it comes to government ethics, Vermont is a national outlier. The state is one of just a handful that don't have any sort of statewide ethics commission to watchdog public officials, nor does it require state lawmakers to reveal anything at all about their personal finances in order to disclose possible conflicts of interest.