by Morgan True vtdigger.org Governor Peter Shumlin won’t introduce tax options to pay for a universal health care system this year, despite promising on several occasions that they would be presented to lawmakers before the end of the legislative session.
“We’re not ready, it’s as simple as that,” Shumlin said at a press conference Monday.
The largest and only state chartered credit union for all Vermonters announced that the VSECU Board of Directors has named Robert Miller, Managing Director at Conning, Hartford, CT, and former Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development, to succeed Steve Post as the Chief Executive Officer. Miller will join VSECU on March 31 and immediately assume the role of CEO.
This morning, the Senate passed by voice vote legislation authored by Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) and Representative Greg Harper (R-MS) to boost funding for pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
by Rob Roper The past year has been a hard one on Vermont employees. For example, IBM, Vermont’s long-time top private employer laid off 419 workers from its Essex facility last summer and just announced another 140 jobs will go. Up north, Energizer closed its St. Albans factory in September, costing us 165 jobs. Down south, just this past month Plasan Carbon Composites of Bennington announced it is moving to Michigan along with 143 more jobs.
US News & World Report has released its rankings for the Best Law Schools for 2015, and has rated Vermont Law School as the No. 1 environmental law school in the nation for an unprecedented sixth consecutive year.
In addition, U.S. News ranked Vermont Law No. 18 nationally for clinical training. This category recognizes the best law schools for providing “hands-on experience.”
by Morgan True vtdigger.org
Governor Peter Shumlin’s proposal to raise the state’s Medicaid reimbursement rate by 2 percent may not pass muster in the House of Representatives.
Increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate is important to addressing the shift in health care costs from people with publicly financed coverage to the commercially insured, according to state regulators and other officials.
by Laura Krantz vtdigger.org What do a South Burlington doctor, a Williston health clinic secretary, a Price Chopper pharmacist and a relapsed drug addict and his brother-in-law have in common? Prescription fraud charges.
As Vermont public health officials drill down on how to help drug addicts recover, police are pursuing sticky-fingered individuals – from all walks of life – whom they believe funnel painkillers into the wrong hands.
by Laura Krantz vtdigger.org Governor Peter Shumlin highlighted the opiate addiction crisis in Vermont in his State of the State address, but statistics show no significant rise in accidental drug overdose deaths from opiates over the past eight years, according to a new Health Department report.
by Laura Krantz vtdigger.org Gun rights advocates Sunday gathered on the Statehouse steps for a three-hour rally to oppose votes the Legislature could take in the next two months about guns.
The protesters wore blaze orange hats, held signs, waved “Don’t tread on me” flags and cheered for speakers who called on lawmakers to preserve Vermont’s gun laws, which are regarded among the most lenient in the nation.
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) and Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), based in Burlington, Vermont, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities provide free primary healthcare clinics for families and individuals, today announced their 2014 National Partnership to make healthcare services more readily available to the uninsured.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org
Crossover — the deadline for bills to be passed out of committees in the Statehouse — is Friday, and that means lawmakers will be scrambling to nail down language for a large number of bills that are still in play.
In the Senate, the Finance Committee will review a jobs bill, while the Economic Development Committee considers new legislation that would require testing for toxic materials in consumer products.
This year’s “Big Change Roundup for Kids” raised $227,237.93 in donations to support health care services and programs provided by Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care. The Roundup is the largest fundraiser each year for Vermont Children’s.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc, based in Waterbury, Vermont, has legally changed its name to Keurig Green Mountain Inc. The name change received overwhelming approval at the company's annual meeting held March 6.
Joined by several business owners, Governor Peter Shumlin today called on lawmakers to approve a phased-in increase in Vermont’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017. The governor, President Obama and several regional governors had issued a similar appeal for an increase at the national level, and are supporting an increase in the wage in their respective states.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org
The Chittenden County Transit Authority announced on Sunday morning that bus services will operate as scheduled on Monday in the Burlington area.
Last week the local Teamsters union threatened to strike on March 10 if CCTA and union members couldn’t agree to a three-year contract in negotiations this weekend.
Vermont is home to some of the most vibrant locally made products in the country. Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development and the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets are presenting the First Annual Made in Vermont Marketplace tradeshow on April 12 & 13 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org Vermont has one of the most extensive private land conservation efforts in the country. Over the past 30 years, the Vermont Land Trust, community land trusts and The Nature Conservancy have preserved hundreds of thousands of acres in Vermont.
The cornerstone of the land conservation movement has been the notion that property — working forests, farms and ecologically important lands — would remain undeveloped in perpetuity.
AT&T has invested nearly $60 million its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Vermont between 2011 and 2013, driving a wide range of upgrades to enhance speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business customers.
As the Legislature returns from their Town Meeting Week sabbatical, Vermont Business Magazine is offering this review of recent vermontbiz.com poll questions, featuring Governor Shumlin's effort on reducing heroin and opiate addiction, the Legislature's rally to make hand-held cell phone use illegal while driving (the governor opposes the bill), and a recent push by lawmakers to use the rooms and meals tax to help pay for the cleanup of Vermont's waterways, most notably Lake Champlain.
General Fund revenues totaled $60.12 million for February 2014, $1.88 million or 3.23 percent ahead of the monthly target. Year to date, General Fund receipts are now $833.64 million, -$.26 million or -0.03 percent below the cumulative target. Year to date revenue is +$27.20 million (+3.37 percent) ahead of the same period for the prior fiscal year (FY 2013). Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding released the February 2014 General Fund (GF) revenue results Thursday.
Senator Patrick Leahy on Friday announced the witnesses who will testify at the US Senate Judiciary Committee’s field hearing, in Rutland on March 17, on “Community Solutions To Breaking The Cycle Of Heroin And Opioid Addiction.”
New unemployment claims rose last week for the second consecutive week after a long preiod of decline. They had decreased for seven consecutive weeks, or every week since the end of 2013. For the week of March 1, 2014, there were 1,009 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont. This is an increase of 185 from the previous week's total, and 75 fewer than they were a year ago.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org Vermont’s 72-year-old junior senator told The Nation that he has begun meeting with political strategists, traveling to southern states and entertaining the logistics of a run for president in 2016.
To provide additional support to Vermonters signing up for April 1 health coverage, Vermont Health Connect is extending the Customer Support Call Center hours this weekend and next. The Call Center will be open:
Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce are soliciting Nominations for the 24th Annual Deane C Davis Outstanding Vermont Business Award. Given to the Vermont Business whose outstanding accomplishments in 2013 complement its history of success and awareness of what makes Vermont unique. Nominations close on March 7.
The award will be presented at the Vermont Chamber Business and industry EXPO on May 21, 2014, at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center. The theme of this year's Expo is Business Innovation: Media, Workforce, and Finance.
by Laura Krantz vtdigger.org
Last fall, Governor Peter Shumlin publicly supported an initiative that is supposed to make it easier for the state to keep guns out of the hands of alleged domestic abusers. A fee mechanism to pay for safe storage facilities is part of that initiative.