By Guy Page
Investigative journalist Alex Berenson reports that since March, vaccinated Vermonters have been more likely than non-vaccinated Vermonters to be hospitalized for Covid-19 variant: “Even accounting for the relative population sizes, vaccinated people were more likely to be hospitalized than the unvaccinated, state data show.” See his Substack page, “Unreported Truths,” for his May 10 column, “MRNA red flags fly ever higher.”
Rep. Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) will not seek re-election. The eight-term lawmaker said she is proudest of her support for economic development and tourism. But she leaves the State House with concerns: “Montpelier believes in the one-size-fits-all, big warehouse approach to education, and toward that end, has wrested almost all control of our local schools and our education from our local communities. My lack of success in this work for local control is my biggest regret.”
The Vermont Legislature on Monday approved Universal School Meals, S.100. The bill requires all Vermont students to have access to two meals per day during the 2022-23 school year. During the past two years, the federal government paid for meals for all students through pandemic waivers. This program expires in June. Under S100, the state will provide reimbursement to schools on top of regular (non-pandemic) federal funding provided for Universal School Meals. The Joint Fiscal Office estimates the one-year cost at about $29 million based on a range of factors. It could be lower or higher.