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Vermont Legislature – Special Session Week Four

June 18, 2018 | Uncategorized

MEAN SEASON Governor Phil Scott vetoed H.13, the second version of the FY2019 budget bill this week. The move was not surprising and results in the legislature and governor being no closer to resolving their disagreements than they were a week ago. With July 1st and the beginning of the new state fiscal year only […]

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Vermont Legislature – Special Session Week Three

June 11, 2018 | Government Affairs, Leonine

BEST OF TIMES  The Vermont legislature ended the third week of the 2018 special session without any indication a final adjournment is on the horizon. The standoff between Democratic leaders in the legislature and the Republican governor over the budget is more intense now than ever. Governor Phil Scott is vehement in his position that […]

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State Attorneys General Take On the Feds

May 18, 2018 | FOCUS

By FOCUS, a Leonine business   In 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Obama administration, enacted strict vehicle emissions and mileage standards aimed at increasing fuel economy for cars and light-duty trucks. The rules sought to require these types of vehicles to get at least 55 miles per gallon for model years […]

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After Years of Budget Tightening, Teachers Take to the Streets

April 16, 2018 | FOCUS

By FOCUS, a Leonine business   The teachers’ strikes started in West Virginia and quickly spread to Oklahoma, two of the states with the lowest average salaries for teachers. Kentucky, another state where salaries are far below the national average, saw the next wave of protests which shut down all public schools in the state. […]

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As Federal Funding Tapers, Red States Acquiesce to Medicaid Expansion

March 12, 2018 | FOCUS

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business   To date, 32 states and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs as authorized under the Affordable Care Act. The remaining 18 which have not – mostly red states – are finding it increasingly difficult politically to continue to hold off on expanding the program. This delay […]