Vermont Gov. James H. Douglas delivered his state of the state speech yesterday afternoon, focusing on health care reform and tax cuts to achieve “prosperity through affordability.” He also discussed leasing the Vermont Lottery as an additional funding source.

“With health care premiums increasing by double digits, fuel topping three dollars per gallon, and property taxes continuing a steady climb, families are feeling the squeeze,” Douglas said. He asked that the legislature make affordable health care “the top priority” this year.

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