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Editorial: Gov. Shumlin's budget sets bold challenges

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Gov. Peter Shumlin had little choice in his third-term budget address last Thursday but to propose significant cuts in spending and propose some increases in the state’s revenue stream. The state is facing a $94 million shortfall in fiscal year 2016, and he did what no politician likes to do: propose cuts in spending and tax increases.

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Farmers to Shumlin: Lay off Current Use

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Gov. Peter Shumlin has made cleaning up Lake Champlain a top priority. To do that, he proposed in his Jan. 8 inaugural address to make changes to the state’s Current Use tax program to penalize farmers who pollute waterways.

The Agency of Agriculture said denying Current Use tax breaks to offenders would add another enforcement tool to the state, which is cracking down on pollution into its waterways.

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Editorial: Of sacred cows and runoff

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross had to know that the farming community would take issue when the governor proposed in his Inaugural address to make changes to the state’s Current Use tax program that would penalize farmers who pollute waterways. What they also had to suppose was that the majority of Vermonters would not think it was unfair for farmers to be willing to accept a share of the responsibility for cleaning up the state’s waterways, particularly those that run into Lake Champlain.

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Governor stresses renewables, lake cleanup in inaugural address

Posted on January 12, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — There was a distinct Addison County flavor to Gov. Peter Shumlin’s Jan. 8 inaugural address, during which he emphasized renewable energy initiatives, agriculture and renewed efforts to clean up Lake Champlain.

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Editorial: Criticism — a reflection on us

Posted on January 12, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The commentary in the aftermath of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s third inaugural speech this past Thursday is at once fascinating, nonsensical and maddening — but also enlightening as a mirror of our political culture.

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Opinon: Voters rejected Peter Shumlin

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Gary Murdock



Oh, Mr. Lynn, once again your editorial has left me gasping for air and clawing at my desk. Well, maybe my affection for tobacco is partly to blame for the gasping, but clawing at the desk is all you! Your Dec. 31 editorial espousing the greatness of Peter Shumlin is so full of false statements and contradictions to your own writings that I barely know where to start.

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Opinion: The long fight for a single-payer system is not dead

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



Gov. Shumlin’s decision to suspend moving forward on the financing package for single payer in the coming legislative session does not mean that the dream of health care as a public good in Vermont is dead. At his press conference announcing his decision to not pursue single-payer financing in 2015, the governor stated that “now is not the right time.” But he also made clear that Vermonters must not abandon the goal of universal publicly financed health care stated in Act 48.

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Editorial: Knowledge, experience are why Shumlin is the better candidate

Posted on December 31, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Next Thursday, the second day of the 2015 legislative session, one of the legislators’ first tasks will likely be their most important vote of the biennium: to decide whether Gov. Peter Shumlin will return to a third term or whether Republican Scott Milne would unseat him in a vote of the Legislature.

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Opinion: Milne deserves to be elected

Posted on December 30, 2014 |
By Edward Payne



Dear Legislators,

Consider the possibility that Mr. Shumlin should have had some knowledge prior to his announcement that the single-payer program would be too expensive. After all, he was two years in arrears in reporting to you, the Vermont legislator.

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Eric Davis: Health care decision no surprise

Posted on December 23, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



Gov. Shumlin announced last Wednesday that “it is not the right time” to introduce a single-payer health care system in Vermont. He said he would not propose such a plan to the Legislature in 2015.

A version of a financing plan for single-payer that was leaked to the press earlier this month received a strongly negative reaction, so the governor’s decision to abandon further action is not a surprise.

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