“It’s hard for me to acknowledge progress I’ve made sometimes,” Meghan said, “but when I look back and think of who I was and where I was at and what my life was like on a day-to-day basis 301 days ago, it’s like a 180.”
It was early May, and Meghan was sitting in a food court in a mall in Burlington. Stale pop music played through the overhead speakers, and groups of teenagers occasionally wandered by. A routine mid-week scene, but Meghan was celebrating; 300 days earlier, she woke up and, for the first time in a long time, didn’t go straight for the heroin.
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday that his administration has made the decision to take the Vermont Health Connect website offline for weeks to make repairs, and oversight for the project has shifted.
Shumlin said he made the decision with the hopes of ensuring a smooth open enrollment period starting in November. Open enrollment is the time when new customers can purchase health care through the exchange for the coming year.
The Burlington Free Press reports that Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne and campaign manager Brent Burns have parted ways after just two months working together.
"I resigned Friday," Burns confirmed Monday. "For the last six years, I have been working in super high stress jobs. I needed to take a step back," Burns explained when asked why. "All the rest is between Scott and I."
Dean Corren, Lieutenant Governor candidate for both the Progressive and Democratic parties, joined Attorney General Bill Sorrell for a campaign stop at a gas station in Burlington Monday morning, but they weren’t filling up.
The pair were hoping to bring attention to the discrepancy in gas prices between northwestern Vermont and other areas of the state, like Rutland. In photos taken Sunday, a gas station in Rutland showed a price of $3.39 for regular while a Burlington station was charging $3.58 – a 19 cent difference.
The Vermont Supreme Court has granted a request from the state Public Service Board that will allow the board to reconsider its December 2013 ruling that approved Phase 1 of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline for construction.
The project in question is planned to extend Vermont Gas' network south from Chittenden County to the Middlebury area. It is the first phase of a three-phase project that is ultimately planned to bring Vermont Gas service to Rutland.
Burlington Electric Department announced today that officials have recently discovered billing issues dating back as far as 2003 that led to the over-billing of two of the utility’s largest customers: The City of Burlington and the University of Vermont. Another issue officials discovered led to under-billing for the ECHO Center on the Lake Champlain waterfront.
The billing issue at the city of Burlington, which went back to 2008, was discovered when the city’s bills for street lights went up despite a program to replace old street lights with energy efficient LED lights.