EQUAL TIME is where Vermonters talk about issues ignored by the corporate media—mothers opposing toxic pollution, workers fighting for decent jobs, nurses working for health care reform, students speaking out about their education, farmers struggling against corporate agribusiness, and more.

E911 Dispatchers Blow the Whistle on Ill Advised Consolidation

Nick Sheehan of the Rutland and Patricia "Trish" Bennett of the Derby Public Safety Answering Points, which handle both emergency calls from the public and dispatch calls from law enforcement, explain the likely impacts on public safety if the Governor's proposed consolidation of Public Safety Answering Points is adopted by the legislature. The highly trained dispatchers serve as the lifeline for Vermonters, and the police, fire and rescue services responding to emergencies where every second counts.

Progressive Legislator on Difficulty of Moving to Universal Health Care

Vermont House Progressive Party caucus chair, Chris Pearson shares his conclusions about the difficulties in moving to a publicly funded universal health care system. This follows on Governor Shumlin's decision that "now is not the time" to move forward on universal health care and a statement by Progressive Party vice chair

Economic Bottom Line: Legislature Should Proceed with Universal Health Care

Healthcare economist Professor Gerald Friedman’s analyzes Governor Shumlin’s report, Green Mountain Care: A Comprehensive Model for Building Vermont’s Universal Health Care System, finding that even with some faulty assumptions it makes a case that the Vermont legislature needs to go ahead with implementing publicly financed universal healthcare. The ultimate economic bottom line is whether better health care can be provided at a lower cost to the community.

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