Word in the House: Health care after single-payer

Word in the House: Health care after single-payer

By Rep. Mike Yantachka Since Governor Shumlin abandoned plans for establishing a universal health care system, popularly known as a single-payer system, the House Health Care Committee has been trying to improve the system we currently have. Vermont Health Connect continues to have operational issues with regard to processing change of circumstance filings, and the… Read More »

Vermont’s new renewable energy policy

Vermont’s new renewable energy policy

Rep. Mike Yantachka What would lead to a 6 percent increase in Vermont’s electric utility rates? Doing nothing. For the last 10 years, Vermont has grown its renewable energy industry under a program called Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development (SPEED). Under that program, Vermont became a leader not only of utility based Renewable Energy (RE)… Read More »

Word in the House: Microbeads and education

By Rep. Mike Yantachka Now that we are a few weeks into the session, the 14 committees of the House of Representatives have settled into their main work: taking testimony on bills and on the Administration’s initiatives. A bill’s main sponsor as well as interested parties, administration staff, lobbying organizations and interested private citizens are… Read More »

The word in the House: Setting the stage for environmental action

The word in the House: Setting the stage for environmental action

By Rep. Mike Yantachka Many observers were disappointed when Governor Shumlin’s inaugural speech barely mentioned the three issues that were foremost in Vermonters’ minds in 2014: property taxes, education spending and health care. Instead, his inaugural speech focused primarily on the environment. He began by laying out his “agenda for progress” emphasizing the positive accomplishments… Read More »

The word in the House…

The word  in the House…

My vote for governor The following statement was released on Wednesday, Jan. 7 as the legislative session began. On Thursday, Governor Peter Shumlin was elected back into office with 110 votes to Scott Milne’s 69. Dan Feliciano received none of the votes. The start of the 2015 session of the Vermont Legislature began Wednesday, Jan.… Read More »