Vermont News Highlights: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Burlington Free Press; Rutland Herald; “Officials Push Dairy Plan” 5/30, A1; Vermont’s top politicians urged dairy farmers on Tuesday to take advantage of a program designed to help keep them in business when milk prices are low. 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 (AP).
Valley News; Editorial: “His Revolution” 5/27, E1; Sanders announced last week that he intends to seek a third term in the Senate to continue fighting for working class families. Sanders said, “Our struggle to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1 percent—a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice—must continue.”
Burlington Free Press; “Sanders ‘considering’ another presidential bid in 2020 election’” 5/30, 4A; In an interview with C-Span Monday, Jeff Weaver, former campaign manager for Sanders, said it’s not out of the question for Sanders to run for president, but for now he is focusing on his 2018 reelection campaign (USA Today) .
Seven Days; “In a Third Term, Would Sanders Show Up to Work?” 5/30, 18; Seven Days looked at the recent years of Sanders’ Vermont events. A campaign spokesperson said Sanders has been successful in balancing his role as a national progressive leader with his position as a U.S. senator, listing more than a dozen events Sanders has hosted In Vermont since the beginning of 2017, from town meetings with seniors to a college fair at Springfield High School.
Seven Days; Letter to the editor: “Pane Unjust”5/30, 6; Nilima Abrams, of Winooski, writes in opposition to the planned F-35 basing in Burlington.
Articles of Interest:
Valley News; “Keene Medical Won’t Drop Vt. Medicaid” 5/29, A2; The Department of Vermont Health Access announced Friday that Keene Medical Products will remain a full member of the Vermont Medicaid provider network as a result of negotiations with the company. The move reverses a decision that would have left thousands searching for a new supplier (VTDigger).
Burlington Free Press; “Potential Scott challenger bows out” 5/30, 3A; Rebecca Holcome, the former Vermont education secretary who left her post in April, said she is not running for governor. Since leaving office, Holcombe has publicly aired criticism of Gov. Scott’s education policies.
St. Albans Messenger; “Swanton Honors Vietnam Veterans” 5/29, 1A; This past Memorial Day, residents, state officials, local officials, military personnel, Missisquoi Valley Union band students, veterans and visiting families all gathered for the dedication of the Depot Street Bridge to Swanton’s Vietnam veterans. The bridge is dedicated to three Swanton veterans in particular, the three killed in combat: George Edward Walker Jr., Reginald Peter Begnoche, and Sanford R. Gaboriault.
St. Albans Messenger; “Scott signs bill mandating plan to address algae” 05/29/2018, 1; The overarching aim of a new law signed by Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday is to address water pollution in the state. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources must now create timely crisis response plans for any “lake in crisis”, such as algae-ridden Lake Carmi. The law also requires the Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets to review agricultural practices that cause pollution and to provide financial support to farmers who choose to move away from such practices.
Rutland Herald; “CU announces new CCV pact” 05/30/2018, A1; Castleton University is aiming to make college degrees more accessible by offering classes through Community College of Vermont (CCV). Classes that count towards degrees in business administration and educational leadership will be offered once a week at CCV’s Rutland and Winooski campuses.
Brattleboro Reformer; “NorthStar makes new promises” 05/25/2018, page 1; New York-based company, NorthStar, wants to purchase the Vermont Yankee plant from Entergy and manage its decommissioning. The project could take up to sixty years, though NorthStar claims it can clean up the site by 2030. Concerns from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about NorthStar’s financial ability to see the project through have been met with promises to maintain guaranteed sources of funding to cover decommissioning costs “as necessary”.