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Engelberth and Stantec top list of Best Places to Work in Vermont

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce announced today the ranking of the top 45 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2017. All the companies were honored Wednesday evening at a sold-out awards ceremony at the DoubleTree Conference Center with over 400 attendees. All the companies represented have the honor of saying they are a Best Place to Work in Vermont. The 45 winners set a record at the 11th annual event, surpassing last year's 38 winners.

Government contract opportunities for caterers with VTARNG

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 3:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Army National Guard (VTARNG) is seeking out caterers available in the Northern Vermont area that are willing to provide catering services for training sessions that last between two and four weeks. Generally, VTARNG has between 75 to 125 students that require 3 meals a day during each session. Typically the VTARNG has 9 or 10 sessions a year.

Vermont reacts to withdrawal of health care bill

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine There are many clear and compelling lessons to be drawn from the ashes of this sad and botched episode.  I hope Republican leaders will set aside the Hastert Rule – under which all legislation is only passed with Republican votes – and actually let all of the people’s elected representatives take part in forging actual solutions for improving health care and the ability of all Americans to have solid, practical, good-quality and affordable health insurance.

Vermont Labor Dept updates data breach

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Officials from the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) continue to work closely with America’s Joblink Alliance (AJLA) – a provider of the nationwide web-based database Joblink – to identify individuals in Vermont who may have been breached as a result of a cyber-attack on the vendor’s Joblink system, announced by VDOL on Tuesday. The FBI is also investigating.

Vermont AG: Legislator did not violate campaign finance law

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 1:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has concluded that an email solicitation sent under the name of a representative to the Vermont General Assembly did not violate Vermont’s prohibition against legislator solicitations of lobbyists. Representative Jill Krowinski had given the Vermont Democratic Party permission to send an email soliciting contributions to the party using her name.

Jobless rate down another tenth to 3.0 percent

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s jobs outlook continues to slowly improve. The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for February was 3.0 percent. This reflects a decrease of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised January rate, as all the key indicators improved: the rate was down, the labor force and number of employed increased, and total unemployed fell. Vermont ranked sixth best, while New Hampshire had the lowest rate in the nation at 2.7 percent and New Mexico was highest of any state at 6.8 percent.

Finance proposes, governor slams $2 a night room tax

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Senate Finance committee voted 5-1-1 Thursday to add a $2 fee on top of the 9 percent "rooms" tax to raise $7.2 million for affordable housing and for other vulnerable Vermontes, such as victims of abuse. Governor Phill Scott on Friday issued a statement saying this new fee would be a detriment to the tourism industry, while jeopardizing broadly-supported affordable housing efforts. The Finance committee is responsible for tax policy.

Governor calls JobLink data breach 'appalling'

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 9:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott called the JobLink data breach "appalling" at a press conference Thursday at the State House with Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle. While 180,000 or more Vermont Labor Department accounts could be affected, the extent of the damage is not yet known, or even whether any Vermonters were actually victimized. The state has been using the third party vendor, America's Job Link Alliance, since 2003, as a way for job seekers, including those on unemployment, to find work.

Weekly unemployment claims nearly double

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims jumped last week after falling the week before. This suggests that the winter tourism season is winding down just as the best snowfall of the year covered the state with deep powder. Claims were also higher than a year ago. As expected, by industry, Services reported the most claims with 597 (67 percent of the total), all the other sectors were similar to the previous week's totals. Services typically report the most claims.

CVMC named one of 2017’s Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 5:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) in Berlin has been named one of the nation’s Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). This follows the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital honors awarded in February by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Welch dares GOP to bring Obamacare killer bill to vote

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The scheduled vote on House Republican leadership’s American Health Care Act was just postponed and will no longer be taking place this evening as previously scheduled. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) this morning spoke during the House debate on the legislation that would replace the Affordable Care Act. In his remarks, he said the bill would result in the GOP turning its back on the people who did the most to elect them.

Representative Peter Welch Remarks March 23, 2017: