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Speaker Smith Looks Ahead

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House Speaker Shap Smith with Governor Peter Shumlin.
House Speaker Shap Smith with Governor Peter Shumlin.

http://www.vpr.net/audio/programs/84/2013/01/VTED_0118_2013.mp3

During his inauguration speech last week, Governor Peter Shumlin proposed a plan to increase child care subsidies by taking money from the earned income tax credit. We hear House Speaker Shap Smith's take on the plan, he discusses the proposal to ban semi-automatic assault weapons and a bill to decriminalize marijuana.

He also discusses the future of the Waterbury State Office Complex, possible budget cuts and the possibility of raising the gas tax.

Also on the program, VPR's John Dillon provides analysis on this week's court cases involving the continued operation of Vermont Yankee.

Plus we'll hear from the Norwich University Regimental Band as it prepares for its seventh Presidential inauguration appearance.