Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement ahead of a vote in the Senate Tuesday to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Vermont Business Magazine VNRC is praising a decision by DEC to withdraw a proposed rule that would have imposed restrictions on the use of non-motorized boats on Great Hosmer Pond in Craftsbury, Vermont. DEC drafted the rule last year and indicated its intention to formally move the proposal through the rulemaking process. VNRC on behalf of its members, including a number people that are part of the group Friends of Great Hosmer Pond (FoGHP), objected to the draft rule in October.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, Attorney General TJ Donovan joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block what they say is the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of 24 Vermonters to State boards and commissions, made in the month of December. Boards and commissions serve an important role in state government, giving Vermonters numerous opportunities to serve their state and communities. The Governor’s office is currently soliciting applications to fill vacancies and upcoming term expirations. All those interested in serving on a board or commission should visit the Governor’s website at governor.vermont.gov/boards-commissions to apply.
Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider announced the promotion of Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty to Vice President of Communications beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Murphy-Moriarty has led Norwich University’s Office of Communications since August 2013, when she was hired as Director of Communications and Marketing. She had previously served as Chief Marketing Officer for the State of Vermont.
Vermont Business Magazine Personal Income Tax revenues for last month surged and are running ahead of projections. General Fund revenues collected for the month of December totaled $139.62 million, $8.19 million above the consensus cash flow expectation for the month. The monthly consensus cash flow targets were established by the Emergency Board on July 21, 2017 and reflect the General Fund receipts estimated to be collected each month. December marks the sixth month and the halfway point of fiscal year 2018.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Board of Directors has announced that Paul Frank + Collins has become VBSR’s newest Champion Member.
“We are very pleased to welcome Paul Frank + Collins to this special level of membership,” said VBSR executive director Jane Campbell. “Given their leadership in some of our workshops on employment issues and their work in renewable energy, having them involved at the Champion level is very appropriate.”
Vermont Business Magazine Burlington has been named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live 2018 by Livability.com, outpacing more than 2,100 cities (with populations between 20,000 and 350,000) in this data-driven ranking. Ann Arbor, MI, home to the University of Michigan, was ranked Number One. Burlington ranked 24th. As with Burlington and UVM, many of the top cities were university towns.
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders will join prominent climate activists to kick off a new campaign to take on the Trump Administration and the fossil fuel industry on January 31st. The event, Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance, launches Fossil Free US, a campaign led by 350.org, calling for an immediate halt to all fossil fuel projects and a fast and just transition to 100 percent renewable energy for all.
Vermont Business Magazine Stowe and Whistler are doing their parts, but historically low snow fall in the western United States has resulted in disappointing results, both in skier days but even more so in associated retail sales. Vail Resorts, Inc (NYSE: MTN) has reported certain ski season metrics for the comparative periods from the beginning of the ski season through January 7, 2018, and for the prior year period through January 8, 2017.
by Kevin Mullin, GMCB Medical costs in Vermont related to asthma, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease have increased from $1.52 billion in 2010 to $2.04 billion in 2015. According to the Vermont Department of Health, the costs related to chronic diseases are expected to continue increasing by 75 percent from 2010 to 2020. The Vermont Department of Health points to poor diet as one of the three main factors responsible for these diseases.
by John McClaughry The House and Senate health care committee chairs in Montpelier are pondering new adventures in health care policy for 2018. High on their list is a Vermont individual insurance mandate. The mandate to purchase government-approved insurance has had a four year run in Washington.