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Vermont Legislature
Follow VPR's statehouse coverage, featuring Pete Hirschfeld and Bob Kinzel in our Statehouse Bureau in Montpelier.

New Biennium, Day 1

Legislation introduced in both the House and Senate would increase the proportion of education resources going to districts with economically disadvantaged students.
Angela Evancie
VPR File
Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier.

One-hundred-eighty lawmakers are arriving at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday to start the new legislative session. Among them them are new faces and old, and a mix of priorities - from education property taxes to where we go now with changes to the health care system. And the backdrop to all of this? A somewhat bizarre and still unresolved election season.

Vermont Edition is from the Statehouse on Wednesday, as legislators, their families, state leaders and lobbyists descend on Montpelier for opening day of the Legislature. We'll look at the major shifts in politics wrought by a November election that didn't yield a winner in the governor's race, but did see more Republicans elected to the House and Senate. And we'll look at the impact of the single-payer bombshell Governor Peter Shumlin dropped late last month.

We'll get analysis from VPR's Bob Kinzel, and then Speaker of the House Shap Smith is our guest to take your calls.  What do you want lawmakers to tackle in the coming session? Post below, or email

Broadcast live on Wed., Jan. 7, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Patti is an integral part of VPR's news effort and part of the team that created Vermont Edition. As executive producer, Patti supervises the team that puts Vermont Edition on the air every day, working with producers to select and research show ideas, select guests and develop the sound and tone of the program.
Ric was a producer for Vermont Edition and host of the VPR Cafe.
Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
Sage Van Wing was a Vermont Edition producer.
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