Citizens feel shut out of local Act 250 cases

TIMES ARGUS     July 7, 2012 By Thatcher Moats               VERMONT PRESS BUREAU MONTPELIER — What do an asphalt plant proposed for Barre Town and a biomass project being developed at Goddard College in Plainfield have in common? The separate cases have upset central Vermont citizens who say Act 250 regulators are flubbing the review process […]

Veterans Deserve the Best

Imagine a situation where military personnel are punched in the face, given food unfit to eat, generally humiliated and abused. It’s wrong, but perhaps expected in a POW camp during a time of war. Now imagine the same conditions endured not by active combat military but by older veterans in the Vermont Veterans Home in […]

New Law Ensures Help for Vermonters with Autism and Developmental Delays

New Law Ensures Help for Vermonters with Autism and Developmental Delays

It is extremely gratifying to enact new policies that truly and directly help families and the most vulnerable of our neighbors. Such is the case with a bill I wrote this year. The new law ensures that Vermonters with autism and developmental delays will get therapies they need to improve their quality of life.  As […]

Advocates press for expanded autism coverage

February 1, 2012 – By Alan Panebaker, Parents and lobbyists held a press conference Wednesday promoting a bill that would expand private insurance coverage for people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder to include those older than 6 years. In 2010, Vermont passed Act 127, which mandates that private insurance companies and Medicaid cover diagnosis […]

Parents, advocates say autism insurance mandate falls short

By Alan Panebaker, On Oct. 2, Lisa Howarth’s daughter, Stella, celebrated her sixth birthday. Stella has been diagnosed with autism, and she uses a communication device instead of speaking. For Stella, turning 6 brought a harsh dose of reality. A law passed in Vermont requiring insurance companies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of […]

Lawmakers Want Vermont To Create State Bank

January 20, 2012 A group of lawmakers wants Vermont to become the second state in the country to create a state bank. They believe a state bank would strengthen the Vermont economy by making more capital available to small businesses. VPR’s Bob Kinzel reports: (Kinzel) The creation of a state bank has been a priority […]

Pollina: Inequality, economy are the issues

December 19, 2011 Washington County State Senator Anthony Pollina says the Legislature should recognize the growing income and wealth gap and work to reverse the trend he says is hurting our economy and families and making any real economic recovery more difficult. Pollina is introducing a resolution asking the Legislature to support policies that close […]

Retiree group rallies for entitlements

Times Argus, Vermont Press Bureau, Thatcher Moats                                                         August 19, 2011 MONTPELIER — Marguerite Desany, a 75-year-old Burlington resident, has been retired and enrolled in Medicare for more than a decade. But only in the past year has she started worrying that the government-run health insurance program could face cuts. “I’m a little worried,” Desany said, […]