Vermont forced to make surprise budget cuts after revenue downgrade

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Economy, News, State Budgets, Vermont  /  No Comments

REVENUES GOING DOWN: Gov. Peter Shumlin announced his administration would recommend 4 percent cuts in the budget after economists downgraded the state's revenues forecast for fiscal 2015.

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding on Thursday said they have begun recommending emergency cuts to Vermont’s 2015 budget after sagging fiscal year 2014 revenues forced a downgrade in the state’s financial outlook.

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Doctors: Health care monopoly driving them out of business

By   /  July 23, 2014  /  Health Care, News, Obamacare, Vermont  /  No Comments

DOC SHORTAGE: The underpayment of doctors by government health care plans is driving doctors out of business in Vermont.

Single-payer advocates promise high-quality low-cost health care for all. But physicians in Vermont say the state’s move towards a single-payer health care system is driving independent doctors out of business and eliminating patient choice.

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Open data pioneer: ‘I didn’t ask Congress, I just did it’

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Ethics, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo Credit: Daniel X. O'Neil

Waldo Jaquith didn’t set out to be a pioneer of government accountability. But after years of experimenting with government data for fun, the director of the U.S. Open Data Institute and creator of Ethics.gov finds himself at the forefront of a transparency revolution.

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Medicaid expansion helps able-bodied adults, hurts poor and disabled

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  National, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

NOT READY: Small business and Spanish language online enrollment isn't ready.

For years politicians have pitched universal health care as a compassionate and enlightened system that helps the poor and needy. A report released Thursday, however, claims such rhetoric is 180 degrees out of phase with reality.

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Will donors punish GOP outliers on election law?

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Alabama, Elections, Indiana, Michigan, National, New Jersey, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Supreme Court, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

DUE DILIGENCE: Rep. Charles Dent took "great pains to make certain that nothing would penalize states."

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than two-thirds of the Republican co-sponsors of a controversial voter bill have gone silent.
They have good reason to lay low, says one election-law attorney.
U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., author of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, said he’s proud to work with the American Civil Liberties Union and [...]

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MoveOn.org doubles VT’s anti-GMO legal defense fund

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  National, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

GMO: Portland marches against GMOs

A legal defense fund created to defend Vermont’s anti-GMO labeling law got a boost this week after liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org made a massive deposit, more than doubling the fund’s account balance.

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