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Shumlin Ends Single-Payer Push

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Montpelier — Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward with a project four years in the making would require tax increases too big for the state to absorb, Shumlin said. The …

Shumlin's Single-Payer Decision Draws Mixed Response

Thursday, December 18, 2014

White River Junction — Gov. Peter Shumlin’s announcement Wednesday that he would not ask the Vermont Legislature to pass taxes and fees to pay for …

Lebanon Board OKs School Proposal

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lebanon — A divided School Board on Wednesday narrowly adopted a $38.8 million budget proposal that voters will be asked to approve in March, along …

Community Center Fees Likely to Rise in Claremont

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Claremont — The City Council next month will likely approve a community center fee schedule that would increase some rates and bring in an estimated $100,000 a year in additional revenue. The goal of the increased fees is to lower the taxpayer subsidy for the community center, which …

West Hartford Library Travails Continue; Trustee Says He Would Consider Stepping Down

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hartford — The head of the West Hartford Library trustees said he will consider stepping down from his position in the wake of allegations raised in the recently submitted resignation letter of the library director. During a Wednesday …

FairPoint CEO Fires Back in Letter to Shumlin

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Montpelier — The demands of FairPoint strikers are unreasonable and the company will not give in, CEO Paul Sunu wrote in a letter Wednesday to Gov. Peter Shumlin, in response to the governor’s recent call for an end to the 62-day standoff. Sunu’s letter said he wants to …

Shumlin Won’t Seek Single Payer Health in 2015

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’s not going to ask lawmakers to pass a single-payer health care system in the upcoming session of the state Legislature. Shumlin made the announcement today at the Vermont Statehouse. Shumlin …

Enfield Collects for Fire Victims

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Enfield — Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a three-alarm fire that destroyed the home of a member of the town’s ambulance squad on Monday. Enfield Fire Chief David Crate said the fire likely started …

Enfield to Alter Sewer Rates

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lebanon’s City Council unanimously approved an increase in sewer rates, effective Jan. 1, at a meeting earlier this month, driving up costs for city residents, businesses and others who send their wastewater to the city’s treatment plant in West Lebanon, a move that has had a ripple effect …

Unity Board Pursues Suit Against Architect

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Unity — The School Board will hear from its attorney early next month on the status of a suit being filed against Scott Vaughn and his company, Vaughn Associates, which was the original architect and construction manager on the new Unity School. At Tuesday night’s School Board meeting, …

Library Services To Stay in WRJ

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hartford — It looks like White River Junction won’t lose its library services after all. Selectboard members voted to restore $15,000 to support library services in the village, overriding an initial recommendation from Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg to eliminate all funding from that line item. The board also …

Vt. Exchange Extends Dec. Deadline

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont Health Connect quietly extended the deadline for people to buy insurance coverage that would start Jan. 1, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday. The previous deadline was Monday, but VHC officials said people who sign up for coverage before Dec. 31 can still select a Jan. 1 …

Outages Dwindling in Upper Valley

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chelsea — Will Miller, a Pepper Road resident, turned up his stereo speakers on Monday afternoon, enjoying the electricity he had been without since last Tuesday evening. The outage was the longest Miller could remember, he said. The …