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Fiscal Cliff Looms

Sen. Patrick Leahy says he regrets calling for the resignation of senator Al Franken before the Senate Ethics committee had a change to fully investigate the matter
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Sen. Patrick Leahy at a July news conference in Montpelier.

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Congress put off decisions about several tax and budget issues when it adjourned last month. If those bill aren't passed soon after the election, the tax burden on the average Vermont household will go up 6 percent, about $3,500, starting January 1, 2013.Our guest on Vermont Edition is Senator Patrick Leahy to discuss the stalemate over these bills, and what it will take to resolve these critical issues during Congress' lame-duck session after the November election.

Also in the program, Vermont law enforcement officers have deployed electronic stun guns 50 times in the last 18 months, and 10 of those incidents have involved people who are mentally ill. VPR's John Dillon looks at whether police are following their policies when they try to subdue individuals who are in mental health crisis.

And we listen back to some of the voices in the week's news.