North Archives 07/03-10/06
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in a Cornfield By Martin Harris
(07/10/06) "[T]hose hospital boards of directors which, recently
or decades ago, chose to abandon a downtown facility in order to build
a new campus out in the surrounding countryside, served their enterprises
and constituencies far better than those which, for reasons of inertia
or ideology, chose for their enterprises to remain in the urban core."
Affordability By Frank Mazur (07/10/06) "If we really want to
address housing affordability in Vermont we need to tackle impediments
such as urban-growth regulations, lengthy planning process, complicated
design codes, restrictive zoning, historic preservation, land conservation
easements, wetland mitigation and open space preservation programs which
all drive up the cost of housing."
spirit – and emotions – of 1776 (07/03/06)
Fourth of July, perhaps Vermonters will not just celebrate having the freedoms
the Revolution gave us, and which we all too often take for granted, but
also to remember what drove our Founding Fathers to war to create those
freedoms, and what had to be gotten rid of – taxes, regulations and system
lacking in accountability -- for our freedom to exist at all.
& Views Archives
weighs 'tax revolt'
McARDLE, Staff Writer, Bennington Banner, 07/06/06
— Plans for staging a symbolic "tax revolt" took another step forward Wednesday….
After a recent reappraisal in Dorset which increased the town's grand list
by more than 50 percent, Select Board member Chris Brooks proposed the
idea of joining with other towns to refuse to collect the state property
tax…. [Rep.] Komline (R-Dorset) and the Dorset Select Board have created
a three-pronged approach which includes Brooks reaching out to select boards
in other towns. They are also working with the Vermont League of Cities
and Towns to create a resolution. Komline intends to introduce a House
bill that mirrors the resolution.
VT Cost Of Living Is Above National Average
6, 2006, Alex Martin - Channel 3 News
prices are the main culprit driving up the cost of living…. Overall, the
Burlington area was about twenty percent more expensive to live in than
the rest of the country…. The results of the study show that utilities
were 5.9 percent higher than the national average, transportation was 6.6
percent higher, grocery Items were 8.1 percent higher, health care was
8.4 percent higher, miscellaneous goods and services were 13.2 percent
higher. Housing costs were 44.4 percent higher….
chief to hold meetings on school district consolidation
Vt. --Vermont's education commissioner wants to hear from the public about
his proposal to consolidate the number of school districts…. Richard Cate
plans to hold 38 meetings around the state starting in the fall to determine
if there is support for his proposed plan to reduce the number of school
districts from 284 to 63. "I want people to not think about how we could
change the system, but rather if we were setting up Vermont's education
system today, how would we do that…"
Full White Paper
Perils of Consolidation by John McClaughry
State Auditor Brock to Audit Medicaid
Herald, July 6, 2006
Auditor Randy Brock said Wednesday he was planning an audit of Vermont's
Medicaid public health insurance program, the largest single area of spending
in state government…."Medicaid expenditures for the fiscal year ending
on June 30 are expected to amount to $939 million," Brock said in a statement.
"Medicaid is by far the number one government program in the state."
activist Cindy Sheehan to pitch in Vermont for Bush impeachment
9, 2006, By DANIEL BARLOW
– Anti-war icon Cindy Sheehan will travel to Vermont later this month to
lend her support to the state's grassroots effort to impeach President
George Bush…. Dan DeWalt, a Newfane selectman who organized a Town Meeting
Day impeachment resolution, said Sheehan's appearance at the rallies will
be a "call to arms" for the movement to remove Bush from office.
and clear (Brattleboro Reformer Editorial, June 29, 2006) “If town
residents have to tighten their belts to pay additional taxes and fees
to cover the various deficits, town departments should also have to examine
what they can do without…. Town officials have lost their credibility with
Governor suggests line-item veto for 'budgetary restraint' (By Darren
M. "Allen Vermont Press Bureau, Times Argus, June 24, 2006). "Gov. James
Douglas wants what his counterparts in 43 other states have: the ability
to veto specific parts of the state budget without having to kill the whole
thing. ...what he calls a necessary "tool of budgetary restraint…."
Vt eyes tax strategy, Elected officials not backing down from their threat
to set off a tax revolt. (By Patrick McArdle, Bennington Banner, June
22, 2006). "With local property owners facing a sizable tax hike, elected
officials from Dorset are not backing down from their threat to set off
a tax revolt... '“[F]or nine years we've been trying to get through, and
we don't seem to be heard in Montpelier. It's just getting worse and worse
and Vermonters for Better Education Join Forces. (06/15/06) Groups
share mission of expanding school choice, stopping Universal Pre-K.
Fiscal Joyride (06/10/06) Vermont’s total state spending, in inflation
adjusted dollars, increased by 170 percent in the past ten years, mostly
in education and human services, while its population increased only 5
Douglas allows H.880 and S.314 to become law without his signature.
(06/10/06) Governor writes, "I am concerned that both bills will do little
to constrain school spending in Vermont and may very well exacerbate what
is already a crisis of affordability for many Vermonters."