January 21st, 2013
One of Gov. Shumlin’s most far-reaching, and controversial, proposals in his State-of-the-State Address was suggesting the state divert $16.7 million from a tax credit for low-income Vermonters to fund a doubling of child care subsidies for low-income residents.
Critics of the proposal have fallen back on an old refrain: that it doesn’t make sense to rob Peter to pay Paul. Why reduce one subsidy that helps Vermont’s poor, and allocate those same funds into another program?
This week’s writer is Sandra Levine, senior attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation.
The Time is Right for Affordable Heat
Vermont is poised to take a big bite out of the high cost and pollution of heating our homes and businesses. Slashing a full one-quarter of both lies within our reach. Now is the time to act.
MIDDLEBURY — As the Middlebury College administration gears up to hold a symposium to discuss the college’s endowment policies and practices next Tuesday, student activists and Scholar in Residence Bill McKibben will get a bit of a jump on the process with their own divestment event this Sunday.
The college will kick off a formal process to consider divesting its endowment from fossil fuels and arms manufacturers with a major “Do The Math” event at Mead Chapel on Jan. 20 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
MONTPELIER — Addison County lawmakers are again positioned to be “impact players” in shaping this year’s legislative agenda, according to recently announced House and Senate committee assignments.
ADDISON COUNTY — Bridport Grange No. 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau this week confirmed a 2013 legislative breakfast series that will debut on Monday, Feb. 4, and include a March 11 session with Gov. Peter Shumlin.
The legislative breakfast series has enjoyed a long tradition in Addison County, offering residents a weekly opportunity to personally meet and talk with their state representatives and senators on legislation being debated in Montpelier. As has been the custom, the breakfasts will rotate between various public venues throughout the county.
MILTON — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team split a pair of recent meets, including a road win that was the Tigers’ first of the winter on Tuesday, when they faced a comparable Division II program for the first time.
On Tuesday, the Tigers edged host Milton, 97.55-94.2, while on Saturday visiting St. Johnsbury edged them, 108.3-101.5.
But Tiger coach Terri Phelps said she was just as happy with her team’s performance vs. the Hilltoppers at home as she was vs. the Yellowjackets on the road.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College is joining two other Vermont private colleges in a consortium to reduce costs associated with purchasing supplies and services common to all three institutions.
The chief financial officers of Middlebury College, Champlain College and Saint Michael’s College will direct the creation of the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium (GMHEC). The group’s focus is to find ways to increase effectiveness and efficiency when purchasing supplies, and other business and administrative services common to all three institutions.
JERICHO — The Middlebury Union High School dance team on Saturday at Mount Mansfield continued its dominance of the hip-hop category, but after taking third in jazz were edged for the overall title by Lamoille, which finished a strong second in both the hip-hop and jazz categories.
Host Mount Mansfield won the jazz title and finished third overall, while Burr & Burton won the pom category and finished fourth in hip-hop and took fourth overall.
The Tigers were coming off overall and hip-hop titles in a competition at Mount Anthony the weekend before.