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Equitable Financing for Vermont's Universal Healthcare System

In February 2015, the Vermont Workers' Center and NESRI published a concrete healthcare financing plan that shows how universal healthcare could be implemented in Vermont. 

It adds to former Governor Peter Shumlin’s proposals, published in December 2014, by providing equitable solutions to the questions raised in his report. The plan includes cost and revenue models that demonstrate that it is not only possible, but financially and economically advantageous to implement a publicly financed health care system in Vermont.

National Press: "In Spite of Corporate Lobbyists, Vermont Residents Organize to Raise the Wage" in Truthout

In Spite of Corporate Lobbyists, Vermont Residents Organize to Raise the Wage
Thursday, May 1, 2014
By Jonathan Leavitt for Truthout

Original article here

While legislators in the Vermont State House seem to more often be swayed by Koch-funded lobbyists than the concerns of their constituents, The Vermont Workers' Center and other activist groups are organizing to win livable wages in the state.

May Day 2014 Press: "VERMONT WORKERS’ CENTER CELEBRATES UNION VICTORIES, BIAS-FREE POLICING BILL" in VTDigger

VERMONT WORKERS’ CENTER CELEBRATES UNION VICTORIES, BIAS-FREE POLICING BILL
by ANNE GALLOWAY MAY 2, 2014

Original article here

Several hundred Vermonters descended on the Statehouse steps on Thursday for the Vermont Workers’ Center’s annual May Day event.

The center, and a coalition of unions and advocacy groups for poor and disabled Vermonters, had a lot to celebrate.

Op-Ed: A First Step Toward a People's Budget

Publication Date: June 29, 2012
James Haslam, Vermont Workers' Center
Burlington Free Press

My Turn: A first step toward a people's budget

It is hard to tell a legislator that he or she is failing — particularly a hard-working member of one of the appropriations committees. But let’s face it: when it comes to human needs — food, housing, education, employment, social security and, of course, health care — things have not been getting better for the people of Vermont, and those who have been suffering the most have been slipping behind the fastest.

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