From Vermont's only member-supported digital news daily, VTDigger reporters go deep on the key story of the week.
How concerning is the Delta variant in Vermont?
The Delta variant of the coronavirus is driving a new surge in Covid-19 cases across the country — and a much smaller increase in cases throughout Vermont. Health authorities say the Delta variant is far more contagious than previous strains of the virus, but that vaccines are still effective at preventing severe illness and death. But with case numbers rising both nationally and locally, how concerned should Vermonters be?
The housing crunch hits renters
Since last year, realtors have described unprecedented home-buying, driving up prices and competition. What’s less clear is how the pandemic has affected the state’s rental market. But one family’s story backs up the word on the street: People are scrambling for apartments that aren’t there.
How to spend a broadband windfall
Connecting Vermont’s most rural homes to high-speed internet has been a challenge for decades. Christine Hallquist, the incoming executive director of the state’s new community broadband board, hopes to finish the job within seven years.
Can Vermont regulate religious schools?
A series of court rulings over the past year has chipped away at Vermont’s long-standing ban on sending public tuition dollars to religious schools. Now, the state has to resolve major questions about how to regulate private schools that get taxpayer money — with a new school year only two months away.
Are Vermont's pandemic transplants here to stay?
It’s still too soon to know what the long-term effects of Covid-related migration might be. But many families who found their way to Vermont last year say they’re not going anywhere.
Ending the Covid emergency
The Covid-19 state of emergency gave the Scott administration the authority to maintain a vast social safety net during the pandemic. Landlords were barred from evicting renters, homeless Vermonters were housed free of charge in motels around the state, and a series of meal distribution programs ensured families access to food.
Now that the emergency declaration has ended, advocates are nervous that the boost in social services over the past 15 months will be coming to an end too.
Guests: Anore Horton (Hunger Free Vermont), Xander Landen (VTDigger)
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