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

State Of The State To Focus On Opiate Abuse

Governor Peter Shumlin will give his annual introductory address to the legislature at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

While the imperative of the State of the State shouldn’t be overstated, it is an important ritual in Montpelier and it can help focus lawmakers attention on an issue.

Governor Peter Shumlin is expected to address what he has called an epidemic of opiate abuse in Vermont, and offer some solutions based on recent reports from the administration.

Opiate abuse isn’t a new issue for the administration, in the last two sessions, they’ve tried to build a treatment apparatus, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. The question is how to pay for any new programs, considering a $70 million budget shortfall. The governor has said that all new programs should be budget-neutral.

It’s not the first time the governor has focused an address on one issue. His 2013 address was focused on education.

A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
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