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Vermont Edition brings you news and conversation about issues affecting your life. Hosts Jane Lindholm and Bob Kinzel consider the context of current events through interviews with news makers and people who make our region buzz.

Taking On Taxes

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Governor Shumlin's plan to impose a small payroll tax on all businesses to boost Medicaid reimbursement rates is getting a very lukewarm reception at the Statehouse. There's also been talk of other potential revenue sources like changes in the income tax, the gas tax and the rooms and meals tax.

We talk with House Ways and Means Chairwoman Janet Ancel and Senate Finance Chairman Tim Ashe about the outlook for these taxes.

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Spring will eventually be here, along with the potential for ice jams and river flooding. On the next Vermont Edition, we learn about the conditions that cause ice jams, and how our rivers behave as winter turns to spring.

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Election day in November brought welcome news for state Republicans. They gained nine seats in the House and two in the Senate. In addition, Scott Milne came close to wresting the governorship from Peter Shumlin and Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott was easily re-elected.

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Small schools are expensive and don't provide as many educational possibilities as large schools. That's part of the premise that has some state officials pushing for a consolidation of small schools. But that's controversial among people who say that the school is the heart of their town.

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Childhood vaccines: for the vast majority of parents it's a necessary part of protecting the health of their children. But for some parents, concerns over the number of vaccines, the schedule of taking them, and possible side-effects lead them to a different conclusion.

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How education is funded in Vermont has been a contentious issue for years. And property taxes have been rising each year to fund schools. So has the time come for Vermont to make significant changes in the way that education is financed?

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The state budget has a $112 million hole in it, the possibility of school consolidation has many small towns worried, and controversy lingers over rules for vaccinating kids. Those are some of the issues on the desk of Governor Peter Shumlin, who is our guest on the next Vermont Edition.

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Businesses and technology that have sprouted up in response to climate change tend to place more emphasis on saving the planet than a return on investment. But in order to attract mainstream capital to these emerging companies, an innovative and profitable business model must be in place.

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Vermont-NEA, the state teachers' union, is among the more powerful unions in the state, and it has a lot to say about education issues like school consolidation, and whether teachers should be allowed to go on strike.

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What is it with winter? Some Vermonters resign themselves to the fact that if you want to live here, you're going to have to deal with at least five (and maybe six) months of cold, ice and snow. Others can't wait to dive headlong into the white stuff. And others still might like it for adornment around the holidays, but then wish it and the shorter days away as quickly as possible.