Vermont state Department of Corrections has beds for sixteen hundred inmates. But the prison population has remained higher than that for years, despite efforts by the Governor and lawmakers to reduce it.
Monday, December 2nd, we'll talk with Andy Pallito, the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, about the prison population, recidivism, and efforts to reduce incarceration.
House Speaker Shap Smith wants lawmakers to consider reforming the state's income tax code in the 2014 session. But the problem he faces is this: He sees the plan as a way to provide a tax cut for middle income people, but he’s also concerned that some lawmakers will want to use the proposal to close a sizeable budget gap.
Democratic leaders at the Statehouse first tried to make key changes to the state’s income tax system at the end of the 2013 session.
Vermont officials say improvements to highway interchanges, more traffic lights and a short road around a five-corner intersection in Essex Junction will be among the first projects to be constructed as part of a long-term plan to relieve traffic congestion in Chittenden County.
Governor Peter Shumlin was joined Tuesday by transportation officials and others when they introduced 34 separate projects that would address a range of issues, including congestion, safety, and economic development.
A man in Lhasa, Tibet displays a small photograph of the Dalai Lama in 1988, an act for which Chinese authorities could have arrested him. Sen. Patrick Leahy writes that this photograph, which hangs in his office, is a favorite of the Dalai Lama.
Credit Sen. Patrick Leahy
Sen. Patrick Leahy holds a camera over President Barack Obama's shoulder as the president signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law in 2009. "I [was] the only person with a camera who could see the president's hand," Leahy says.
Senator Patrick Leahy is the most senior member of the U.S. Senate -- and he also may be its most devoted photographer. Leahy is rarely seen on Capitol Hill without his camera, and he brings it along wherever he travels.
Few photojournalists have his access to national and world leaders behind the scenes. He also enjoys making portraits of everyday people, especially those who live in remote, sometimes dangerous places.
If you’re thinking about going to college, it can be hard to find a place that’s right for you- the right size, the right culture…. and the right price. Would it be easier if the government made a list that rated colleges by value? That’s something President Obama has proposed.