Vermont News Highlights: Thursday, May 31, 2018
The Hinesburg Record; “The Vermont Bernie Buzz” 5/31, p.6; Sanders hosted town meetings in Montpelier, Newport, and St. Albans where he heard concerns from seniors about access to programs, such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Sanders continues to call for the expansion of such programs, in addition to initiatives to make college more affordable and housing policies more equitable.
Articles of Interest:
Burlington Free Press; “Anatomy of the tax impasse” 5/31, 3A; As the Vermont legislature’s special session continues into its second week, the state still has no budget. Governor Scott vetoed the legislature’s proposed budget because it depended on an increase in property tax rates. Schools will not likely see budget cuts in the coming academic year, however if Scott’s alternative plan to fund the government moves forward, schools may be forced to reduce staff, change employee health care benefits, and limit spending. If the stalemate continues, a state-wide government shutdown is possible.
Burlington Free Press; “Legislature moves to avoid shutdown” 5/31, 7A; Vermont Democratic state legislators have introduced a bill they hope will circumvent the possibility of a government shutdown. It would impose new default tax rates for non-residential properties and a default education property “yield” to match that of the fiscal year of 2018. While the bill would still leave education underfunded, lawmakers hope it will motivate a compromise with Governor Scott.
The World; “Local Veteran Starts LGBTQ Support Group in Montpelier” 5/31, 2; Paul DeFelicibus, of Barre, recently started a support group for LGBTQ veterans in Montpelier. DeFelicibus, who served in the military from 1983 to 1987, says that LGTBQ veterans like himself often feel like they are not a part of the community. He hopes that the group will not only provide a space for LGTBQ veterans to process difficult memories, but will also help them find a place in their community.
Valley News; “Vermont Law School plans faculty cuts” 5/31, A1; As part of an ongoing campaign to right itself financially, the Vermont Law School is working out the details of a cost-saving “faculty restructuring” that will result in a reduction of the workforce.
Rutland Herald; “CCV graduates ready to enhance their careers” 5/31, A3; On Saturday, over 500 students will graduate from the Community College of Vermont. The class of 2018 includes many students who are the first in their families to graduate college, as well as many students who credit CCV for helping them overcome adversity in their working lives.