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Public Post reports on an effort to create a Community Nurse position in Thetford; Vermont's status as a friendly state for working moms and hippies; and a rescission vote on a proposed Waterbury Municipal Complex.
 

Broadcast on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 9:35 a.m.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Shrewsbury, Waitsfield, Northfield, St. Albans Town and more:

Developers of high voltage power lines are starting to stake out routes in Vermont to import electricity from Canada to markets in southern New England. The interest in Vermont as a transmission corridor is unprecedented. State and utility officials are approaching the projects cautiously, but say they could represent a unique opportunity to win financial benefits for the state with minimum environmental cost.

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The Green Mountain Care Board has informed Vermont’s 14 hospitals that their budgets for the next fiscal year should increase no more than 3 percent, with up to an additional .8 percent allowed for projects that advance the cause of health care reform in the state.

The total for the hospital system for fiscal year 2015, starting in October, would be $2.69 billion, an increase of $66 million over the current year’s base budgets. If the GMC board approves the full .8 percent for reform infrastructure, it would add $17 million, for a total of $83 million in new money for the system.

Joan Courser

Public Post reports on a unique way to honor good neighbors in Halifax, Green Up Day activities around Vermont, the opening of the Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market and other seasonal marketplaces and celebrations.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from South Hero, Royalton, Windsor, Waterbury and more:

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Governor Peter Shumlin has a 49 percent approval rating, according to data from the Castleton Polling Institute and VTDigger.  Their recent poll shows broad support for the governor, but it also reveals some key weaknesses when compared to poll results from earlier in his administration. Political analyst Eric Davis talked with Vermont Edition about what the numbers mean to the 2014 governor’s race.

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Public Post reports on a debate in Hinesburg over what to do with the old police station; signs of spring in towns around the Green Mountain State; and seasonal micro-parks in the works for downtown Montpelier.
 

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Elmore, Franklin, Newfane, Weathersfield and more:

Bob Kinzel talks with contributor Hamilton Davis about the "Plan B" alternative to Governor Shumlin's single payer health care reform.

The political ruckus over the last few days about the prospect of a Plan B alternative to Gov. Peter Shumlin’s single payer health care reform project has masked an important fact about both reform schemes: neither his administration nor the various Plan B advocates have enough information yet to build a credible plan for changing the current system.

The consultant hired by the Vermont Legislature to advise lawmakers on health care reform has developed a concept that differs significantly from the single-payer plan now being pursued by the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin.

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Public Post reports on a new marketing campaign for Southern Vermont; transportation topics in Quechee, Mount Holly and Rutland; and voters heading back to the polls for a school renovation bond vote in Wallingford.

Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Halifax, South Hero, Colchester, Middlebury and more:

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