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reform http://www.addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/416/all en Guest Editorial: $200 million for Vt.'s health exchange? What's Plan B? http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-200-million-vts-health-exchange-whats-plan-b <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> The cost of the Vermont Health Care exchange recently took another jump. It is now expected to cost $200 million, which is the equivalent of billing every man, woman and child in Vermont $320.</p> <p> For something that has yet to work.</p> <p> Vermont&rsquo;s exchange serves roughly 30,000 people (a fraction of what was intended,) which means the per-person cost is $6,666.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29140">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-200-million-vts-health-exchange-whats-plan-b" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial health care reform Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:51:00 +0000 Zach Despart 29140 at http://www.addisonindependent.com On Point in Education: Incentivizing our education system http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503point-education-incentivizing-our-education-system <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Peter Burrows </div> </div> </div> <p> The House Education bill, H.361, is out. This rangy bill covers a considerable number of educational issues, and carries with it many of the ideas that had been raised through House Speaker Shap Smith&rsquo;s education workgroup. Specifically, it bears down on both education spending and governance, proposing a spending cap and an incentive/disincentive approach that aims to move us forward collectively and strike a balance between mandate and self-selection.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28931">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503point-education-incentivizing-our-education-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Burrows consolidation education incentives reform Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:06:57 +0000 Zach Despart 28931 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: Senate gun bill passage is a public health imperative http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-senate-gun-bill-passage-public-health-imperative <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Sally Kerschner et al. </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> The Vermont Public Health Association is greatly concerned about gun violence death and disability and its profound and lasting negative effect on families and communities. Thus we support the 2015 Legislature&rsquo;s efforts to create legislation that will minimize Vermonters&rsquo; exposure to ill-intended or accidental gun violence.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28929">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-senate-gun-bill-passage-public-health-imperative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Gun bill reform senate Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:03:31 +0000 Zach Despart 28929 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: Vt. gun laws in need of updating http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-vt-gun-laws-need-updating <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Bobbi Loney </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> In January 1,400 letters and 12,000 petition signatures were hand delivered in Montpelier in support of a bill to be sponsored by, among others, our Sen. Claire Ayer. The bill, S.31, is about to be re-drafted to focus on two of the three provisions originally included.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28926">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-vt-gun-laws-need-updating" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Gun bill legislature reform Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:59:49 +0000 Zach Despart 28926 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Editorial: Voters' message on school budgets — Keep moving forward http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-voters-message-school-budgets-%E2%80%94-keep-moving-forward <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> School budgets around the state, for the most part, fared better this year than last when 34 budgets were defeated in town meeting balloting. Why the difference? Largely because the average school budget increase was held to just under 3 percent, compared to much higher increases in 2014.</p> <p> But there is also the perception that the Legislature is responding to the changing landscape caused by the steep decline in the number of students in Vermont (it&rsquo;s down 21,000 in the past two decades), the low teacher-pupil ratios and the consequent high per-pupil cost.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28918">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503editorial-voters-message-school-budgets-%E2%80%94-keep-moving-forward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial budget consolidation education reform Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:24:51 +0000 Zach Despart 28918 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: School finance reform needed http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-school-finance-reform-needed <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> George Jaeger </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Max Kraus&rsquo; excellent letter in the Jan. 15 <em>Addison Independent</em> goes to the heart of the matter. It&rsquo;s not just that school taxes are high and rising &mdash; even as student populations decline &mdash; but that the system is hugely inefficient and produces at best average results.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28239">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-school-finance-reform-needed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion education reform taxes Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:19:06 +0000 Zach Despart 28239 at http://www.addisonindependent.com End of Small School Grants would hit home http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501end-small-school-grants-would-hit-home <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; As lawmakers wrestle with education funding reform this winter, one idea that has gained some favor in Montpelier is ending &ldquo;Small School Grants,&rdquo; extra funding to smaller schools that helps them keep their doors open. Gov. Peter Shumlin, for one, made that recommendation in his Jan. 15 budget address.</p> <p> In recent years the Legislature has tried to address what lawmakers see as cost inefficiencies in smaller schools by passing laws to encourage unification within and between school districts.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28184">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501end-small-school-grants-would-hit-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Burrows education Featured legislature reform school funding Sharpe taxes Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:11:49 +0000 Zach Despart 28184 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Rep. David Sharpe to head education committee http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501rep-david-sharpe-head-education-committee <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27870" style="width: 67px;"><a href="/201501rep-david-sharpe-head-education-committee"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/Sharpe.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Sharpe.jpg" title="Sharpe.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="67" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> REP. DAVID SHARPE, D-BRISTOL </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> BRISTOL &mdash; Addison County will have an important seat at the table when the Vermont Legislature gets to work this month on education finance reform, tabbed by many lawmakers as the top priority for the 2015 session.</p> <p> Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith has picked Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, to chair the House Education Committee, a panel that will clearly play a big role in devising and advancing any bills aimed at changing the manner in which the state&rsquo;s public schools are financed.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27869">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501rep-david-sharpe-head-education-committee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County bristol education Featured legislature reform Sharpe Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:49:12 +0000 Zach Despart 27869 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Top stories of 2014: #8 — School budgets go down as call for tax reform grows http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501top-stories-2014-8-%E2%80%94-school-budgets-go-down-call-tax-reform-grows <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27761" style="width: 64px;"><a href="/201501top-stories-2014-8-%E2%80%94-school-budgets-go-down-call-tax-reform-grows"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/FPMarch6.thumbnail.jpg" alt="FPMarch6.jpg" title="FPMarch6.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="64" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> As in many past years, 2014 saw many Vermonters complain about their property taxes, and that portion of the tax that pays for education in particular. But as in most years, proposals for reform of school funding were put forward but not acted upon.</p> <p> Still, residents in seven local towns indicated that they had had enough, and they rejected some proposed school spending plans on Town Meeting Day.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27762">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501top-stories-2014-8-%E2%80%94-school-budgets-go-down-call-tax-reform-grows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County 2014 education reform school funding Top 10 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:36:55 +0000 Zach Despart 27762 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: Vt. needs to fix school funding; start by changing governance http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501guest-editorial-vt-needs-fix-school-funding-start-changing-governance <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Speaker of the House Shap Smith has spent the past couple of weeks asking Vermonters for their ideas on how the state can reduce property taxes and still maintain a high quality educational system.</p> <p align="left"> He should be careful for what he asks.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27742">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501guest-editorial-vt-needs-fix-school-funding-start-changing-governance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial education legislature reform spending Mon, 05 Jan 2015 12:38:01 +0000 Zach Despart 27742 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: Heath care effort must proceed http://www.addisonindependent.com/201412opinion-heath-care-effort-must-proceed <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Ellen Oxfeld </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> In the wake of the upcoming legislative session, and anticipation over the release of a financing package for a single-payer health care system in Vermont, many have asked why we need a publicly financed health care system in the first place. They wonder why we passed Act 48 in 2011, and ask if there might not be another why to get to universal health care &mdash; such as 100 percent enrollment in private insurance. In short, why do we need a publicly financed plan and why did the Legislature pass Act 48?</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27468">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201412opinion-heath-care-effort-must-proceed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Dean health care reform Shumlin singe-payer Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:10:22 +0000 Zach Despart 27468 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Community Forum: Catholic Church in need of reform http://www.addisonindependent.com/201408community-forum-catholic-church-need-reform <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Nicholas Clifford </div> </div> </div> <p> <em style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">This week&rsquo;s writer is Middlebury resident Nicholas Clifford, who is a former professor of history and provost at Middlebury College.</em></p> <p> A couple of years ago, the Pew Research Center told us that Vermont was the second most secular state in the Union. But, at least according to <em>The Economist</em>, Vermont also boasts the second highest rate in the Union of sightings of flying saucers.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25237">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201408community-forum-catholic-church-need-reform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Catholics Pope Francis reform Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:26:30 +0000 Zach Despart 25237 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: Scott wrong on election funding http://www.addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-scott-wrong-election-funding <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Spencer Putnam </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has been quoted as saying that he does not wish to use public financing for his campaign because he does not want to take money from people who do not support him. This represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of public financing of political activities.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24011">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-scott-wrong-election-funding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion campaign finance Phil Scott public financing reform Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:44:32 +0000 Zach Despart 24011 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Andy Kirkaldy: Time for changes to Vermont high school playoffs http://www.addisonindependent.com/201406andy-kirkaldy-time-changes-vermont-high-school-playoffs <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">On June 3, the No. 10 seeded North Country Union High School baseball team, owner of an 8-8 record, made a 340-mile, five-and-a-half-hour round trip to face No. 7 Brattleboro, a 10-6 team, in the first round of the Division I playoffs. The Falcons predictably lost to the Colonels, 9-1.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/23861">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201406andy-kirkaldy-time-changes-vermont-high-school-playoffs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Column mismatches playoffs reform VPA Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:59:11 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 23861 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Legislative forum to tackle elder issues http://www.addisonindependent.com/201310legislative-forum-tackle-elder-issues <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">MIDDLEBURY &mdash; The Addison County Retired Teachers Association (ACRTA), the Community of Vermont Elders (COVE) and the Lodge at Otter Creek will host an Addison County legislative forum on elder issues on Monday, Oct. 28, from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/19612">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201310legislative-forum-tackle-elder-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Elders reform Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:25:42 +0000 Zach Despart 19612 at http://www.addisonindependent.com