Shumlin’s Decision to Scrap Single Payer a Betrayal of Vermont’s Working Families

Governor Peter Shumlin abandoned single payer healthcare yesterday right when political leadership was needed most to push Vermont and the country forward. He broke five years of campaign promises to Vermonters that he would not rest until we had single payer healthcare. Yet when things got tough and politically challenging,…

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The End of a Dismal Decade

Public Assets Institute recently released their “State of Working Vermont 2011” report, available on their web site. While Vermont has fared better than most of the nation in terms of unemployment rates, we are seeing stagnation in real wages, increasing numbers of people in poverty, a shrinking middle class, and…

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Tax Amendment Fails

Reps. Pearson (P-Burlington) and Poirier (I-Barre) offered an amendment to the Miscellaneous Tax bill this past Tuesday, which would raise income taxes on the top two tiers of filers in Vermont in order to stave off some of the budget cuts in human services. While it should not be surprising…

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2011 Legislative Assignments

The House and Senate convened and organized this week, and Progressives fared well in committee assignments. The returning house members all remained on the same committees from last session. Sarah Edwards returns to Natural Resources and Energy, the House committee which deals with Vermont Yankee. Susan Davis (on Corrections and…

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