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Rep. Clark takes health lessons to heart

Posted on May 19, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — It was a chilly Feb. 15, and Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes, knew he shouldn’t be perspiring. But he was.

Clark, 63, had just returned to his room in the Hilltop Inn in Berlin, where he stays during the legislative session. He had just attended a GOP caucus, ironically on the issue of health care legislation, and was starting to feel ill.

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Lawmakers: 2011 session produced some big results

Posted on May 12, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

MONTPELIER — Local lawmakers said they will remember the 2011 legislative session for being short on funds but long on accomplishments and punctuality.

The gavel fell on the session on Friday, May 6 — one week ahead of schedule and in spite of a very busy agenda that included health care reform and a fiscal year 2012 budget that was $176 million in the red at the outset.

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Shumlin praises legislators, weighs in on natural gas

Posted on May 12, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin said on Monday he could not have imagined a more successful inaugural legislative session as the state’s new chief executive officer.

“It was truly extraordinary,” Shumlin said of the 2011 Legislature’s accomplishments, which included passing health care reform; balancing a fiscal year 2012 budget that was saddled with a $176 million revenue shortfall and no federal stimulus funds; and advancing the administration’s goal of extending wireless broadband access to all parts of the state by 2013.

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Health care reform bill clears Senate

Posted on April 28, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Weybridge, received a lot of feedback on Tuesday in wake of the Senate’s passage, by a 21-9 vote, of a bill that lays the foundation for a single-payer health care system in Vermont.

But perhaps none of the feedback touched her as much as a message she got from the parents of her new grandchild, who turned two years old this week.

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Legislature eyes change to raw milk law

Posted on April 21, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



 

VERMONT — A bill currently making its way through the legislature would allow Rural Vermont to resume raw milk processing classes halted by the state in February.

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Lawmakers explain state budget cuts

Posted on March 31, 2011 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Local House representatives said on Monday they regretted having to make substantial cuts in the fiscal year 2012 state budget — particularly in the area of human services — but they added the reductions would have been a lot deeper had they endorsed Gov. Peter Shumlin’s spending plan.

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House OKs health care bill with local support

Posted on March 28, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s House delegation on Thursday voted along party lines on ground-breaking health care reform legislation that will now move on to the state Senate.

The Vermont House voted 92-49 in favor of H.202, legislation that establishes a road map for a single-payer health care system for the state.

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Death with Dignity

Posted on March 10, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 MIDDLEBURY — At the same time that state lawmakers are trying to revamp the system by which Vermonters recover from illnesses, a group of citizens is urging the Vermont Legislature to allow terminally sick people the right to forgo treatment and end their own lives.

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Shumlin outlines health care plan

Posted on February 24, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin told Porter Medical Center officials on Tuesday to be patient in weathering what he believes will be a short-term financial storm en route to a new, single-payer health care system he said will bring long-term success and financial sustainability to the industry.

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Hospital tax draws lawmakers' eyes

Posted on February 24, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Local health care providers on Monday continued to warn lawmakers that their industry could soon be in critical condition if the state tries to balance its budget on the backs of hospitals and the medical community.

The subject of health care reform once again dominated discussion at the weekly Addison County Legislative Breakfast, held this week at the Middlebury Legion hall. Porter Hospital officials turned out in force to weigh in on state budget discussions and health care reform efforts under way in Montpelier.

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