Coventry’s Missing Money

June 8, 2017

About 1,000 people live in the Northeast Kingdom town of Coventry. About $1.4 million may be missing from the town's bank accounts.

Six independent auditors have identified financial gaps under the watch of Coventry's longtime treasurer, Cynthia Diaz. After thirteen years, she may finally be forced out of office this week.

VTDigger's Dan Schwartz discusses what we know about Diaz, and Editor Anne Galloway talks about what we still hope to find out from public records.

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The Health Care Deciders

June 1, 2017

Last week, Gov. Scott announced that Kevin Mullin, a state senator from Rutland, would be the new chair of the Green Mountain Care Board. As chair, he's now the top health care regulator in the state, leading the group that decides on health insurance prices, hospital budgets, and more. In this week’s podcast, Erin Mansfield, VTDigger's health care reporter, talks about the Green Mountain Care Board: who they are, what they do, and how their decisions affect every Vermonter who relies on a hospital for medical care.

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Pot or Not?

May 25, 2017

Gov. Phil Scott this week vetoed a limited marijuana legalization bill. At the same time, he said he would consider a revised version of the bill if lawmakers are willing to make changes in an upcoming session. In this week's podcast, VTDigger's Elizabeth Hewitt and the Vermont Press Bureau's Neal Goswami discuss the future of legalization in Vermont.

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The $26 Million Question

May 19, 2017

Earlier in the legislative session, Gov. Phil Scott announced a proposal to shift collective bargaining on teachers’ health plans from the local level to the state level. Now, the Legislature has been facing the threat of a budget veto while preparing to adjourn for the year. VTDigger’s Mark Johnson and Elizabeth Hewitt describe how we got here.

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