Minutes – November 2013 State Convention

November 9, 2013; 1:00 pm, 
Capital City Grange, Berlin In attendance: 125 people Welcome: Martha Abbott Martha started the meeting at 1:15pm and thanked the VT State Employees Association for sponsoring the lunch, Elizabeth Skarie for ice cream, Tina Scanlon for organizing the raffle, the current CoCo members and Robert…

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Press Release: Oversight of State cell phones is deficient, resulting in under-utilization & opportunities for savings

MONTPELIER, VT – A new report from the State Auditor’s Office finds problems with the State’s purchasing and oversight of cell-phone services. State Auditor Doug Hoffer said, “The State’s current system is decentralized and does not have consistent policies and procedures to ensure that resources are optimized. As a result,…

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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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Auditor uncovers weaknesses in state’s workers’ compensation office

July 24, 2013; Hilary Niles; VTDigger Ninety-nine thumbs, 574 lower backs, three big toes. Fifty-nine falling or flying objects, 72 respiratory disorders, 315 lacerations. Those are just a few figures from an unofficial roster of injuries suffered by state employees on the job in the past five years. $40 million.…

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Shumlin’s commitment to single payer health care questioned

May 21, 2013; Andrew Stein; VTDigger “The question is: Are we putting off raising revenue to wait for health care reform or is the administration unwilling to raise revenue for any purpose whatsoever?” Pollina asked. Right now, he said, it appears the latter policy is prevailing. “This past session, the…

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May 1st Rally: Now is the time to send a loud message to PUT PEOPLE FIRST!

By James Haslam, Vermont Workers’ Center Check out www.workerscenter.org/may1 For the fifth year in a row over well over a thousand people from all over Vermont will participate in a huge May 1st Statehouse Rally. In 2009, we came to change what was politically possible in healthcare reform. In 2013,…

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No Laughing Matter: In the Vermont Senate, the Joke’s on Campaign-Finance Reform

April 3, 2013; Paul Heintz; Seven Days What’s so funny about banning corporate contributions to political candidates? That’s what Sen. Dave Zuckerman (P/D-Chittenden) was wondering last Thursday night when several colleagues began to chuckle during a roll call vote on a tough new campaign-finance rule. For years, the Vermont Senate…

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Several transparency bills on deck in Vermont Legislature; others will need more time

March 12, 2013; Nancy Remsen; Burlington Free Press Finally, Rep. Christopher Pearson, P-Burlington, has offered a bill to expand the public meetings law to cover the governing boards and committees of hospitals and accountable care organizations. “The basic premise is hospitals get a lot of public dollars. It would bring…

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