Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WVTK Local & State News March 10, 2015

The Brandon Select Board has placed the town’s manager on administrative leave. The decision came following the Select Board meeting last night. Board members entered into a closed-door executive session and proceeded to place Robin Bennett on administrative leave. It is unclear if Bennett’s administrative leave is paid or unpaid.

During some questioning from the the Appropriations Committee today, Vermont's health care reform chief says the cost of the Vermont Health Connect health insurance exchange is projected to grow to nearly $200 million, and he says a key part of the system won't be functional for the foreseeable future. The system still isn't able to enroll employees of small businesses whose employers pay for health coverage. Meanwhile, its duties are scheduled to expand soon to include medium-sized businesses, those with between 50 and 100 employees.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says that if he runs for president, it will be to debate the serious issues facing the country. Sanders is expected to announce soon whether he will be seeking the Democratic nomination for president next year. Sanders says he's not worried about other possible candidates as he considers whether to run. He also dismissed the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's e-mails, saying it's not a major issue for him.

Vermont State Police have completed their investigation into a trooper suspected of driving under the influence. All their information has been handed over to the attorney general's office. The AG's office is now reviewing those findings. They will decide whether any criminal charges are filed. Trooper Eric Rademacher works out of the Rutland barracks. He is on paid leave. Rademacher has been a trooper for 19 months.

President Obama signed an executive order establishing the Student Aid Bill of Rights. The memo directs the Department of Education and other federal agencies to look for ways to help with loan repayments. One proposal would focus on lenders to provide better customer service and create more repayment options.