12:04 p.m.: Peg Franzen, president of the Vermont Workers’ Center, stepped up to the microphone before a throng of folks in red shirts to begin a Put People First rally. The organizers delivered petitions to legislative leaders calling for a new budgeting process. “We are here to be the voice of the people, the 99 percent,” Franzen said. “We are here to demand a budget that puts people first.”
No crisis, but plenty of financial worries as Vermont Legislature prepares to meet
By Nancy Remsen
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"Two hours after the House and Senate reconvene Tuesday, volunteers organized by the Vermont Workers Center will deliver the first salvo in a campaign to “put people first” in the budget-writing process.
December 5, 2011
BY CHRISTOPHER ROY
NEWPORT CITY – Last Thursday, about two dozen Newport area residents met at the Emory State Office Building to discuss community needs. Similar meetings have taken place elsewhere in the state. Eventually members of the groups will bring their message to the State House.
Put People First, part of the Vermont Workers' Center, organized Thursday’s meeting. Members are particularly concerned about what will happen to public assistance programs. They also feel everyone has a right to housing, education and dignified work.
$26M Dialysis Deal Rejected
Article published Dec 3, 2011
By Thatcher Moats VERMONT PRESS BUREAU MONTPELIER —
Vermont's top health care regulator intends to reject a $26 million offer from a for-profit Massachusetts company to buy the state's five dialysis centers, including the centers in Berlin and Rutland.
Fletcher Allen Health Care plans to sell five outpatient kidney dialysis clinics to a for-profit company for $26 million.
The state’s largest hospital is operating the clinics at a loss, and officials say the spin off to Fresenius Medical Care, the largest dialysis services provider in the United States, will enable the Burlington-based hospital to continue to offer a crucial service for patients.
Activists gear up for local Occupy Wall Street rallies
Posted: 10/09/2011 09:46:44 PM EDT
Sunday October 9, 2011
BRATTLEBORO -- Vermont activists seeking economic justice are bringing the fight from Wall Street to Main Street.
After roughly 700 protesters were arrested earlier this week in New York City during demonstrations against the excesses of Wall Street, a handful of Vermonters are stepping up actions in the Green Mountain State.
Editorial in today's Rutland Herald and Times Argus
Published: June 11, 2011
The grass-roots movement that pushed successfully for health care reform this year hopes to broaden its efforts on behalf of broader forms of economic justice.
At the same time economic numbers recently released may take the steam out of efforts to reshape the state’s tax code in a more progressive way.
Workers’ Center takes on ‘People’s Budget’
By Thatcher Moats
VERMONT PRESS BUREAU - Published: June 10, 2011
MONTPELIER — A nonprofit grassroots group that rallied thousands of Vermonters to support health care reform legislation with its “health care is a human right” campaign is laying the groundwork for another political push with a different focus: state budget and tax policies.
Vermont’s Move Toward Single-Payer Health Insurance
By NANCY FOLBRE
Nancy Folbre is an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.