For the first time in eight years, Vermont will have a Democratic governor and a Democratic legislature. Political pundits are watching to see how much of incoming governor Peter Shumlin’s ambitious legislative wish list can be implemented.
The agenda includes closing a $150 million budget gap without raising taxes or laying off public employees; putting a single-payer health care program in place; expanding broadband access; decriminalizing marijuana, reducing the prison population and creating jobs. We get a reality check from John Dillon who covers the statehouse for Vermont Public Radio.
Jeremy Hobson joins Robin Young as co-host of Here & Now in its new 2-hour format, from WBUR and NPR.
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Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, was a friend of former South African President Nelson Mandela. She joins us and says, “He was the best of us.”Comment | more »