Vermont

Vermont water activists, politicians call for ban on recreation, ‘human activity’

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments

NO MORE RECREATION!: Water activists gathered at the Vermont statehouse to denounce "human activity" at Montpelier's Berlin Pond.

In response to an agency ruling that allows kayaking and swimming at Berlin Pond, water activists and elected officials gathered Saturday to call for a ban on “human activity” viewed as a threat to Montpelier’s water supply.

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Gov. Shumlin’s budget cuts approved — but will they last?

By   /  August 14, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, News, State Budgets, Vermont  /  No Comments

LESS INCREASED SPENDING:  Finance and Management Commissioner Jim Reardon praised the Joint Fiscal Committee for approving Gov. Peter Shumlin's budget rescission plan.

A legislative committee on Wednesday approved most of the Shumlin administration’s proposed $31 million in cuts to the annual budget, but lawmakers suggested the cuts may be temporary.

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Minnesota diner demonstates the cost of higher minimum wage

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Podcasts, Uncategorized, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

MID-DAY AT THE OASIS: The Oasis Cafe is about as nondescript as any other small diner in middle America - you'd drive right past it if you weren't looking for it.  But it's been at the latest epicenter in the national political fight over the minimum wage.

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog Radio
The owner of a Minnesota diner has angered progressives and other advocates for a higher minimum wage by attaching a 35-cent fee to patrons’ checks. It seems that people who want a higher minimum wage do not like being confronted with the actual cost of the policy – they’d prefer [...]

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Vermont’s revenues fall short to start new fiscal year

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, News, State Budgets, Vermont  /  No Comments

Jeb Spaulding (feature image crop) Secretary of Administration – Vermont

Vermont’s monthly revenues fell almost 1.8 percent short of targets in July, marking the third time in four months that revenues have failed to meet projections.

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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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Oklahoma ranks 11th in corruption

By   /  July 2, 2014  /  Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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Oklahoma ranked as eleventh most corrupt state in new study. Corruption prevailed during era of one-party rule.

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