Seeking Accountability

By Rep. Mike Yantachka First, here’s an update on effects of the spending cap or threshold on school budgets in Act 46. Action to address this is progressing in both the House and Senate, although the approaches are different. Whether the spending threshold is increased by 0.9%, as proposed by the House, or whether they… Read More »

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 »