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.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin participates in the morning session of the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.
Credit Cliff Owen / AP
President Barack Obama, center, sits down for lunch with from l-r, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Labor Sec. of Labor Thomas Perez at a cafe in New Britain, Conn., on March 5, 2014.
On the heels of meetings with President Obama in Connecticut and with the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C., Governor Peter Shumlin was back in Vermont for Town Meeting Day this week. He was our guest Friday at noon to discuss the results of Town Meeting meeting votes on school budgets, in which Vermont's largest communities rejected their school funding plans. We also looked ahead to the second half of the legislative session at the legislative priorities that Shumlin is focused on, and discussed the financing of a single-payer health care system.
On Tuesday, Burlington voters approved three resolutions that changed the city charter regarding gun laws.
They give police the power to seize guns when there is reasonable suspicion of domestic violence, ban firearms on the property of institutions where liquor is served and would require all guns to be under lock and key when not in possession of their owner.
Vermont is near the top of the list of states with the highest risk of loss from embezzlement. Why is this such an easy place to commit white collar crime?
We’ll look at different embezzlement schemes, how they affect the businesses and municipalities that were stolen from, and what can be done to prevent this theft. We’ll talk to Barbara Arel, professor of Accounting at the University of Vermont, and Assistant Attorney General John Treadwell.
The state of Vermont has 237 towns, nine cities and 45 villages run by local governments. On this Town Meeting Day, we learn about the history of these municipal offices and the work they do, from hearing zoning disputes to collecting delinquent taxes.
We’ll also discuss how Town Meeting Day has remained a part of that local governmental system and whether it remains relevant today with UVM Professor Emeritus of Political Science Frank Bryan and former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas.
For many people, the sound of whizzing motors, blowing snow, and skis carving through the path is the soundtrack of winter. Snowmobile enthusiasts say their sport is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors in the wintertime. Others complain about the noise.
We’ll talk to to Matt Tetreault, interim Executive Director of Vermont Association of Snow Travelers about the current state of the sport in Vermont
At the Montpelier Statehouse, lawmakers are looking at changes to all kinds of taxes, including the education property tax, the income tax and a tax on health care premiums. All of these decisions flow through two committees: Senate Finance and House Ways and Means.
Friday on Vermont Edition, Bob Kinzel's guests are the chairs of those committees, Sen. Tim Ashe and Rep. Janet Ancel, to discuss what these tax debates could mean for Vermonters.
The 1965 film The Sound of Music won five academy awards, and along with a popular Broadway musical, made Maria and Georg von Trapp and their children household names. Who hasn't got to bed humming "So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye?"
Last week, Maria Franziska von Trapp, the last surviving sibling of the original singers, died at her home in Stowe. She was 99.