Press Release: Auditor finds cost overruns in correctional health care, but contract oversight has improved

MONTPELIER, VT – Spending on health care for in-state prisoners was $4.2 million over budget for the last three years, according to an audit released today by State Auditor Doug Hoffer. The Department of Corrections (DOC) contracts with Correct Care Solutions (CCS) to operate a comprehensive health care program for…

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Minutes – August 2013 State Committee Meeting

1. Opening Remarks from Party Chair, Martha Abbott Martha Abbott reviewed the agenda and noted highlights of what the Party has achieved in recent years, including pushing state towards single payer health insurance, getting corporate money out of politics, raising the level of discussion around the creation of a state…

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Progressives strategize for 2014 elections though gubernatorial bid unlikely

August 11, 2013; Alicia Freese; VTDigger Even those supportive of fielding a candidate acknowledged the party’s monetary and manpower limitations would make that role less than enticing. Marge Power, who herself made a bid for lieutenant governor in 2010, declared, “If we can get sacrificial lambs, at least, I think…

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Should Progressives challenge Shumlin in 2014?

August 5, 2013; Terri Hallenbeck; Burlington Free Press When members of the Vermont Progressive Party gather Saturday for their state meeting, they will openly discuss the burning issue of the day: Should they challenge Gov. Peter Shumlin in next year’s election? Here’s the dilemma: Progressives kind of like Shumlin, at…

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Push to divest fossil fuel companies from Vermont college endowments is gaining momentum

February 21, 2013; Audrey Clark; VTDigger It’s not just schools that are being pushed to divest. Gofossilfree.org lists four off-campus campaigns: the United Church of Christ, California Teachers Pension Fund, the city of Seattle, and the state of Vermont. Reps. Christopher Pearson, P-Burlington, and Kesha Ram, D-Burlington, and 23 others…

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Progressives and Democrats offer alternatives to governor’s money raising plan

February 15, 2013; Nancy Remsen; Burlington Free Press For a growing chorus of lawmakers, however, the ends don’t justify the means. In particular, the Reach Up cap and the proposal to shrink the Earned Income Tax Credit to help pay for the child-care investment have come under fire. “While we…

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Press Release: Progressive alternative funding sources

Progressives have pushed for a greater investment in childcare, higher education, student loan forgiveness, weatherization and clean energy for years, so it was encouraging to hear Governor Shumlin promote these initiatives in his state budget. While we applaud his priorities, many of us across the state find his funding proposals…

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Margolis: Shumlin might have to start thinking about Plan B

February 14, 2013; Jon Margolis; VTDigger Not that anybody else’s plans are meeting with a warmer reception. Just before Shumlin’s press conference, a groups of Progressive and Democratic lawmakers offered an alternative – raise the money for Shumlin’s education proposals by increasing taxes on the wealthy. Standing in front of…

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