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Donovan supports transgender rights in military

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 2:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan joined a coalition of 15 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief opposing the Trump Administration’s plans to ban open military service by transgender individuals. The amicus brief, filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, argues that banning transgender individuals serving in the military is unconstitutional, against the interest of national defense, and harmful to the transgender community at large. The case, Doe v.

Waterline construction in Bennington begins

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Municipal waterline construction has begun in the Town of Bennington and the Village of North Bennington. Water service will be extended to properties with on-site wells contaminated or threatened by perfluooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the area where the State of Vermont and Saint-Gobain have settled Saint-Gobain’s liability. Saint-Gobain is also continuing an investigation of the affected properties east of Route 7 with oversight from the Agency of Natural Resources.

Vermont AG defends ObamaCare

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan filed a motion with 19 attorneys general that compels the Federal Government to pay cost-sharing subsidy payments required by the Affordable Care Act. Millions of Americans rely on these subsidies to lower the out-of-pocket costs in their insurance plans. Last week, the Trump Administration decided to end the October subsidy payments.

Tax revenues down as Corporate Tax slumps

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Personal Income tax was down a little and the Corporate Tax was down a lot as General Fund revenues collected for the month of September totaled $149.99 million, -$3.34 million below the consensus cash flow expectation adopted by the Emergency Board on July 21, 2017, according to Secretary of Administration Susanne Young. The under-performance was driven primarily by -$2.87 million less than expected collections in Personal Income Tax and -$1.92 million less than expected in Corporate Tax. All other components of the General Fund were either slightly ahead or behind target, with the Rooms & Meals Tax (+3.26%) had another good month.

UVM Medical Center names Desjardins new Chief Medical Officer

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The UVM Medical Center is pleased to announce that Isabelle Desjardins, MD, has accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the University of Vermont Medical Center, effective October 1. Dr Desjardins is an attending psychiatrist and associate professor of Psychiatry at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine.  Desjardins has held clinical leadership roles at the Medical Center since she arrived in Burlington in 2003.

Molly Dillon named deputy commissioner of DFR Banking Division

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Molly Dillon has been named deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation’s Banking Division, Commissioner Michael S. Pieciak announced today. Dillon has more than 30 years of experience in both retail and community banking and brings to the job a wealth of knowledge of current operations and senior management.

Ag Agency makes $1 million available for farm equipment

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is pleased to announce $1 million in funding for the Capital Equipment Assistance Program (CEAP).  This financial assistance program is available to support farmers to acquire new or innovative equipment that will aid in the elimination of runoff from agricultural wastes to state waters, improve water quality, reduce odors from manure application, separate phosphorus from manure, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. 

PSD announces October 26 meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Public Service Department today announced the next meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the multipurpose room at Brattleboro Area Middle School, 109 Sunny Acres Road, Brattleboro, VT.  Representatives from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and GEI Consultants will provide a presentation on Brownfields restoration and reuse.

Funding available for South Lake Champlain projects

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Grants are now available to support projects through the South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. The South Lake Champlain Fund supports projects focused on education and research concerning the cultural and ecological history and heritage of Southern Lake Champlain. Projects must be located on the southern portion of Lake Champlain (the area of Lake Champlain south of Crown Point in both Vermont and New York) with a preference for projects directly on the lake or in close proximity. School-based projects are encouraged.

VELCO raises thousands of dollars for mental health and substance abuse treatment organizations

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Thanks to the proceeds of VELCO's 22nd annual charity golf tournament, two organizations that provide essential mental health and substance abuse treatment to Vermonters have checks totaling nearly $15,000 to support their work. The Howard Center and Evergreen Substance Abuse Service were this year's recipients, as more than 100 golfers gathered for a good cause at the Proctor-Pittsford County Club on September 9.

Court allows limited inquiry into Sorrell's private emails

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Superior Court has set specific, narrow, limits on a proposed deposition of former Attorney General Sorrell and his disclosure of private emails. Sorrell had sought to block all inquiry into his private account, which he says does not contain work-related emails in any case. However, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office was successful in its fight against Energy and Environmental Institute’s (EELI) broad request for discovery into private e-mails of Vermont state employees.

Vermont to get Target (finally)

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Target announced plans to open its first store in Vermont, a 60,000-square-foot small-format store at University Mall in South Burlington. Target has signed a lease with LNR Partners for this small-format store, projected to open in October 2018. Following the opening of this Vermont location, Target said in a statement that "will proudly serve guests with stores in all 50 states." Target previously had considered a location in Williston. Vermont was also the last state to get a Walmart.

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