January 24th, 2013
Governor Peter Shumlin presented the following remarks on the budget today at 2 p.m.
Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests, and fellow Vermonters:
Two years ago, I delivered my first budget address. Times were tough. We faced a budget gap of $176 million and together we made painful choices.
MIDDLEBURY — A committee exploring ways to streamline operations within the Addison Central Supervisory Union is recommending that residents in the seven-town school district vote on a referendum that some believe could reduce bureaucracy and create more educational equality and opportunities for students.
Specifically, the ACSU Study Committee wants to hold a vote on whether to combine some, or all, ACSU schools into a Regional Education District, known as a RED.
BRANDON — The drug problem in Vermont has long economic fingers that have gripped the state. Drug abuse increases police budgets and raises taxes. It is a public health issue and increases insurance premiums. It adds to the prison population, and therefore, the state corrections budget. It contributes to the high school dropout rate. It feeds poverty. It destroys families. It breaks hearts.
NEW HAVEN — Once upon a time, breakfast was the most important meal of the day. For many, that is not so true anymore.
But the Beeman Elementary School is doing its best to bring breakfast back — and is getting its students excited about hands-on work in the kitchen to boot.
RIPTON — Top-10 finishes by seniors Mac Groves and Lydia Allen highlighted the efforts by the Middlebury Union High School Nordic ski team in cold conditions on Monday, when the Tigers hosted the Middlebury Classic at Ripton’s Rikert Nordic Center.
Groves took third in the boys’ 5-kilometer classic race in 17:23, 26 seconds behind the winner, Rutland’s Issac Wright (16:57). Champlain Valley’s Forrest Hamilton took second in 17:01. Junior Max Livingstone-Peters was the next Tiger across the finish line, taking 21st in 20:07.
MIDDLEBURY — Though many past campus events surrounding the issue of divestment have been heated, Middlebury College students, faculty and staff were on their best behavior as they crowded in the McCullough Social Space on Tuesday evening for the college’s first panel discussion on the possibility of divesting the college’s endowment from fossil fuel and weapons.
MIDDLEBURY — Town officials want to know if the Middlebury Fire Department would be willing to receive $72,000 less into its equipment savings account next year as a way of relieving stress on a tight 2013-14 municipal budget.
It was around two decades ago that Middlebury began the process of earmarking two cents on its tax rate each year to raise money for major fire equipment purchases in the future. It is a policy that has allowed Middlebury to forgo floating bond issues for the purchase of fire apparatus such as pumpers and ladder trucks.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents on Thursday, Jan. 31, will have a chance to ask Vergennes Union High School board members about the upcoming two-tiered vote on whether to fund upgrades the VUHS building and grounds.
The board will hold a 7 p.m. forum at VUHS on that Thursday to present information and allow for questions on the two bonds that residents will decide the fate of on Feb. 5. There will be a walk through of the building areas to be renovated and/or upgraded at 6 p.m.