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Vermont Legislature opens with pomp, a song and some early business

medium_kick_off.jpg12:04 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.”

Burlington Free Press: "No crisis, but plenty of financial worries as Vermont Legislature prepares to meet"

No crisis, but plenty of financial worries as Vermont Legislature prepares to meet

By Nancy Remsen
See full article: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120101/NEWS03/111231018/No-...

"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.

The Newport Daily Express- Advocates Want to “Put People First”

December 5, 2011

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.

Critics question Fletcher Allen’s spinoff of dialysis clinic to for-profit company

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.

Bennington Banner- "Activists Gear Up for Local Occupy Wall Street Rallies"

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.

"Economic Justice" Rutland Herald/Times Argus Editorial on VWC June 11, 2011

Editorial in today's Rutland Herald and Times Argus
Published: June 11, 2011

Economic justice

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.

Front Page story in Times Argus on People's Budget

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.