Vermont taxes, opioid leadership, PoetryFest and woody biomass
- By Brianna M. Fay
Vermont’s leadership in addressing the opioid crisis is described in a recent article in Preventive Medicine. Thomas Simpatico, a psychiatrist affiliated with the Vermont Health Access Program and UVM explains the “Hub and Spoke” model and the state’s efforts to develop “cost effective, outcomes driven public policy.”
Vermonters will pay more than $2 billion in federal income taxes this year, Economist Arthur Woolf writes. Whle $2 billon seems like a lot, it is a fraction of more than $1.6 trillion the federal government is due to collect this year Woolf says. Woolf analyzes Vermont taxes and state economic issues in a weekly column in the Burlington Free Press.
In the last four years, Burlington police disproportionately stopped more black drivers than white, a recent study has found. The research, conducted by UVM’s Stephanie Seguino and Cornell’s Nancy Brooks, concluded that in 2015 officers also ticketed 41% of black drivers, as compared to 30 percent of white drivers. See the article here for more details.
The Vermont Department of Health recently published the 2014 Physician Census Summary Report. The report identifies the makeup of physician care in the state, showing a decrease in primary care full time equivalents per 100,000 population.
ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
With forests covering 78 percent of Vermont, the state has the potential to increase the use of woody biomass for energy. A 2015 report by The Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School assesses the opportunities and challenges for sustainable development of this renewable resource in Vermont, and makes recommendations for woody biomass utilization and long-term forest health.
Institutionalizing climate change resilience in transportation planning in the Northeastern U.S. is the subject of a study by UVM researchers. Focusing specifically on adapting bridges and culverts, which are vulnerable to climate-induced flood impacts, the research recommends intergovernmental strategies for resiliency.
The U.S. Geological Survey recently released a report on transportation and hydrology studies in New England. The report includes research on flow statistics in Vermont and chloride concentrations in streams along state highways in Northwestern Vermont.
In honor of National Poetry Month, Phoenix Books will be hosting PoetryFest events throughout April. Poetryfest will feature readings and discussions with Vermont poets, including Leland Kinsey--reading from his new collection "Galvanized"--and Daniel Lusk--reading from his collection "The Vermeer Suite."
The influence of emotional knowledge on how people experience, understand, and are willing to adapt to climate change is the subject of new research by Rutgers University grad student Kathryn Ryan. The case study uses subjects from Londonderry, Vermont--a town still struggling to recover from Tropical Storm Irene--to explore the role of emotive--physical storytelling and public participation on engagement with climate change planning.
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