Vermont News Highlights: Friday, June 1, 2018
Brattleboro Reformer; Caledonian Record; Valley News; Newport Daily Express; “Vermont dairy farmers implored to use price protection help” 05/30, A2; Sen. Sanders, Sen. Leahy, and Gov. Scott held a news conference at the State House to address changes to the federal dairy price protection program and new state support to help farmers pay premiums. “Nearly 300 dairy farms have gone out of business in the last decade. And what’s happening now to Vermont dairy should be of concern not only to farmers but to everyone in the state of Vermont,” Sanders said (AP).
Rutland Herald; Burlington Free Press; “Gov. Scott to seek re-election, faces primary challenge” 06/01, 12A; Gov. Scott announced on Thursday he is running for re-election. Scott will face Springfield businessman Keith Stern in the Republican primary. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch are also being challenged in their respective primaries (AP).
Newport Daily Express; Opinion: “The Farm Bill: Where Wealthfare Meets Welfare” 05/30, 4; Former Vermont Secretary of Transportation, Tom Evslin, writes that there is an opportunity in this year’s farm bill “to make small steps in reducing corporate wealthfare and reforming welfare.”
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Valley News; “NAFTA, Key for Vermont, Up for Revision” 05/30, A1; The North American Free Trade Agreement is still under discussion, despite warnings from congressional lawmakers that time is running out. Earlier this month, U.S. House speaker Paul Ryan said that a new version of NAFTA would have to be completed by mid-May in order to give lawmakers time to pass it by the end of the year. Vermont would be among the states most affected if NAFTA is dissolved, with a study finding that the state is the third most dependent on NAFTA-related trade in the country (VTDigger).
Bennington Banner; “Landmark data broker bill passes” 05/30, A1; State legislation that followed in the wake of the massive Equifax breach last year is the first of its kind in the nation, supporters said. The law, which Gov. Scott allowed to take effect without his signature, “slashes fees, helps stop fraudsters, and promotes transparency,” Attorney General T.J. Donovan said in a release (VTDigger).
Burlington Free Press; “Vermont will pay remote workers $10K to move here” 06/1, 9A; Under a bill that Gov. Scott signed into law Wednesday, remote workers who put down roots in Vermont will be eligible for up to $10,000 in moving expenses and other costs. “We think Vermont is well positioned to capitalize on the increase in availability of remote work, “said Michael Schirling, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
Rutland Herald; “Vt. report looks at risks among youth” 06/1, A1; The latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report released Thursday shows that some behaviors, like the use of electronic vapor products, have gone up while others such as bullying have decreased among high school and middle school students.
Brattleboro Reformer; “Vt. plans electric bus pilot program” 05/30, A5; The state of Vermont plans to launch an electric bus program for both school and transit buses. The Agency of Natural Resources said the program would be funded by money the state receives from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation trust, which was set up after the company was found to be violating emission standards. The state will receive $18.7 million from the trust over the next decade.