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September 18th, 2019

 

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Three Threats to Vermont’s Fiscal Position

By Don Turner This year, legislators and Governor Scott crafted a budget that is quite reasonable in the aggregate. New taxes and fees are fairly limited; important investments are made in a number of areas (from clean water to broadband deployment); and the budget growth rate is just 2.6%. Over the past five years, spending increases have been rea...

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End Surprise Billing, Protect Rural Patients through Dispute Resolution

By Roger Allbee Congress is finally taking steps to end surprise medical billing, a longstanding issue that for years has caused needless stress and financial woes for Vermont patients as well as patients across the country. No one should be subjected to the pain and hardship that comes with surprise billing. Yet, due to a number of factors—includi...

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New weatherization incentives good for families, good for jobs

By Brian Gray In the midst of the warm summer months, it’s easy to forget the long winter and cold, wet spring we survived this year. But there are plenty of reasons for Vermonters, especially with moderate incomes, to take action now in preparation for the coming cold. Just about every Vermonter would agree that if there was something they could d...

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Renewable energy funds available for farmers, rural businesses

By Cody Smith, policy associate, Center for Rural Affairs In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced more than $400 million available for farmers and rural business owners under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP, a farm bill program, provides financing for energy efficiency upgrades like insulation, lighting, and H...

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Invest in Primary Care Where It Is Needed Most

Bi-State Primary Care Association is proud of the work of our Vermont Congressional Delegation to increase access to comprehensive, affordable, quality health care for Vermonters and people across the nation. Senator Leahy advocates as a member of the Appropriations Committee and Congressman Welch is making his voice heard for added funding in his...

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Be a Mentor

By Wendy Freundlich As September approaches and summer comes to its inevitable end, think about  becoming a mentor with Girls/Boyz First Mentoring.  We are a 22 year old community based mentoring program in central Vermont.  Our mission is to provide our mentees with high-quality, long-term mentoring relationships that inspire, support and enable o...

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School Boards Health Benefit Proposal Strikes the Right Balance

By Elizabeth Fitzgerald Vermonters recognize that one of our most important public responsibilities is the education of our children. Not only is it a moral and legal imperative, but it is also critical for the economic future of our state. Providing a high-quality education for Vermont children means that we must make sure that those who choose to...

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Unintended Consequences

By Stilton Jarlsberg The recent rash of mass shootings has left the nation stunned but, sadly, not speechless. The usual media and political suspects are saying the usual things, using the bodies of the innocent as a sickening ideological soapbox. We’re not going to do that here. These gruesome murders are not about, nor caused by, politics. Rather...

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Twelve Reasons We Need Sane Health Care for Everybody

Health industry lobbyists keep claiming to wonder why we need Medicare for All when, they insist, we have such a wonderful system already. Well, here are 12 reasons: • 9/11 first responders wouldn’t have to beg for health care • People in horrible accidents wouldn’t have to resort to online begging • People with diabetes wouldn’t have to risk amput...

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President Trump is Providing Hope for Kidney Patients

President Trump has promised to fight for the forgotten men and women of America—those whose needs and suffering have been too often unheeded by their government. One forgotten group in healthcare is the millions of Americans with some stage of kidney disease—especially the more than 700,000 Americans suffering from the final, deadly stage of the d...

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