Vermont News: May 10

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Vermont News Highlights: Thursday, May 10, 2018


St. Albans Messenger; “Sanders: Trump’s Iran ‘bluster’ harmful” 5/9, 1: All three members of Vermont’s Congressional delegation were critical of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the seven-nation Joint Comprehension Plan of Action (JPCOA), more commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, on Tuesday. Said Sanders, “Withdrawing from the agreement could not only free Iran from the limits placed on its nuclear program, it would seriously harm America’s ability to negotiate future nonproliferation agreements, such as one with North Korea. Why would any country in the world sign such an agreement with the United States, and make the difficult concessions, if they thought that a reckless president might simply discard the agreement a few years later?”

Brattleboro Reformer; Letter to the editor: “An open letter to Sanders: #berniegotogaza” 5/8, A4: Brattleboro Solidarity, a group rallying for Sanders to visit Gaza, writes, “We believe that you play an important role in bringing the world’s attention to Gaza and highlighting the United States’ complicity in the violence. We are asking that you go to Gaza to meet the people, see the situation for yourself and discuss with the Palestinian people the best way to support them.”

Brattleboro Reformer; Letter to the editor: “Crisis upon crisis in Gaza” 5/8, A4:  Kurt Daims of Brattleboro shares his concerns.

Articles of Interest:

Burlington Free Press; “Scott to study drug importation bill” 5/10, 8A: Gov. Scott plans to study a bill passed by the Legislature that would set up a first-in-the-nation system to allow the state to import prescription drugs from Canada before deciding whether to sign it. The bill would create a mechanism to import drugs that are costly in the United States from Canada, where they cost an average of 30 percent less.

St. Albans Messenger; “House votes for minimum wage increase” 5/9, 14: The House advanced a bill yesterday that would raise the minimum wage from the current $10.50 an hour to $15 an hour by 2024. While the bill looks destined to pass out of the Legislature, Gov. Scott has said he would veto it.

Burlington Free Press; “A CDC study finds tick-borne diseases are getting worse” 5/10, 3A: Despite a long winter, Vermonters should be careful to avoid ticks this summer. Vermont leads the nation in Lyme disease cases, with a three-year average of 85.5 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents, the highest rate per capita in the nation as of May 2017.

Burlington Free Press; “Winooski voters back Main Street rehab” 5/10, 4A: A $23 million bond to overhaul Winooski’s Main Street and its underground utilities won approval at the polls Tuesday, the city reported. Rehabilitation of the road corridor between Interstate 99 and the Winooski traffic circulator would begin at the earliest in 2020 and take at least two years to complete, according to a preliminary engineering report.