Tue 11-MAR-2014 Early A.M. News Script
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21 to smoke... That's what Vermont lawmakers are considering today. Hearing testimony on raising the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 ...to 21. Representative George Till tried to add the age increase to another smoking related bill. But he agreed to withdraw it after the House said it would be taken up as a separate bill.
Despite promises from the Governor and his Administration -- lawmakers may not get a glimpse of how he plans to pay for the single payer system -- this year. The Governor's full-plan is expected by January of next year, but some legislators had asked for a glimpse of what's on the table before the scheduled end of the legislative session this May. Shumlin says he'll release it when it's ready. Republican critics say the Governor isn't giving legislators enough time to plan properly.
((20:32 - :41 Gov. Peter Shumlin D-Vermont Every detail matters. It's incredibly complicated and you've got to get it right. So, all I'm saying is let's get this right. That's more important than meeting some arbitrary deadline )) ((1:50 - :58 - Rep. Lynn Dickinson - R-St. Albans we just keep asking. I mean the qustions still are how much is it going to cost and how are we goin gto pay for it. What's going to be covered and what that impact is going to be on Vermonters)) Sen. Peter Galbraith did propose a financing plan earlier this year - though that bill has since been amended to remove the money elements. A single-payer system is estimated to cost between one-point-six and two-point-two billion dollars.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is no more. The Waterbury-based company now has a new name and a new look. Keurig Green Mountain. It places the emphasis on the brewing machines that turned the specialty coffee company into a multi-billon dollar enterprise. The new name also reflects the company's growth beyond coffee ...highlighted by recent deals with companies like Campbell's soup and Coca-Cola.
Goddard College has named new leadership -- for now. The board of trustees has named Robert Kenny as interim president. The native Vermonter is returning to the Plainfield campus after serving as vice president of finance and administration at Georgian Court University in New Jersey. Kenny had overseen finance and administration as well as academic affairs at Goddard from 2008 to 2011. He will begin in his new position April 30th.
The Airport -- and Burlington Electric are partnering up for a new project. The airport will install 1-point-5 million dollars worth of solar equipment on top of its parking garage. Burlington Electric will be leasing the space for 20-thousand dollars a year. The solar gear will not directly power the airport -- but will pump energy back into the grid.
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