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Kiplinger: Vermont among 'Least Tax Friendly'

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 4:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont continues to rank as a "high tax" state. Kiplinger, a national business forecasting firm, has released its rankings of the best and worst states for taxes. The list was unveiled as part of Kiplinger’s fifth annual Tax Map, which reveals income taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes, “sin” taxes (for products such as alcohol and tobacco) and other tax rules and exemptions across all 50 states and Washington, DC. Vermont has high taxes on income and property, but is relatively low on sales.

Leahy statement on President Trump’s recent actions on health care

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 3:51pm -- tim

US Senator Patrick Leahy The President does not want to provide “great” health care. The President wants to tear down the Affordable Care Act, stripping affordable, comprehensive health care coverage from millions of American people, and thousands of Vermonters. His latest attempt to do so is as blatant and obvious as throwing a brick through a plate glass window...

Labor Dept recognizes Vermont businesses for exemplary workplace safety

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 3:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor and Governor Phil Scott recognized several Vermont businesses Friday for their strong commitment to providing safe, healthy and effective workplace programs at the annual Vermont Safety and Health Council held in South Burlington, Vermont. The Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety is the highest honor given by the State and recognizes an employer’s commitment to excellence in workplace safety and health policy.

Sanders responds to Trump's 'reckless' Iran announcement

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 3:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement Friday after President Donald Trump disavowed the international nuclear deal with Iran and declared his intention not to certify Iran’s compliance with the agreement: "President Trump’s speech today was the latest in a series of rash and reckless moves that make Americans less safe..."

Seven Days political editor Paul Heintz wins two journalism awards

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 3:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For his hard-hitting political reporting and successful efforts to pass a media shield law in Vermont, Seven Days political editor Paul Heintz has been selected as the AP New England Journalist of the Year. The New England Newspaper and Press Association honored Heintz at its fall conference Thursday in Natick, Mass. “He’s not just a dogged reporter and eloquent writer,” the judges said of Heintz, 33, of Hinesburg; “he’s a leader in the field.” 

Renewable energy innovators recognized at REV2017

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 1:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Earlier in October the 17th Annual Renewable Energy Vermont Conference & Expo, REV2017, brought together 505 attendees, including 28 government officials from across New England and Quebec to focus on “Renewables For All”. Recognizing entrepreneur, citizen, and renewable energy champions and innovators for their outstanding contributions toward securing our sustainable energy future, Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) presented three awards.

Independent insurance agents impact on Vermont economy exceeds $61 million

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 1:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The impact on Vermont’s economy by the state’s independent insurance agencies is estimated to be in excess of $61 million. Agencies employ 848 Vermonters and are "extremely philanthropic," according to a recent report. That’s just some of the significant results of the report commissioned in May by the Vermont Insurance Agents Association (VIAA).

CCV faculty overwhelmingly vote to join union

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ballots from 435 Community College of Vermont (CCV) faculty were counted Thursday at the Vermont Labor Relations Board. CCV faculty voted by mail on the question of whether to join the AFT Vermont union. 300 CCV faculty voted yes to join AFT Vermont (70% of ballots cast) in order to negotiate for an improved CCV for faculty and students. The final tally was 300 voting for the union, 131 opposed, and 4 spoiled ballots.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center presented 2017 ANCC Magnet Prize

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) was presented with the 2017 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Prizebefore an audience of more than 10,000 nurses and conference attendees at the ANCC Magnet Conference in Houston October 11. The prize was given for SVMC’s Transitional Care Nursing Program, a part of the Accountable Community for Health Project. It is the highest honor that can be granted to a Magnet organization. Only one Magnet Prizeis given worldwide each year.

Vermont PBS premieres 'Saving Our Waters' Oct 19

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 6:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saving Our Waters, a three-part documentary on the health and resiliency of the Lake Champlain basin especially with the increase in extreme weather events, premieres online and on Vermont PBS Thursday, October 19 at 8 pm. Featuring interviews with scientists, community members, policy makers, farmers, business owners, and stakeholders, the series creates a comprehensive look at the watershed, which includes approximately 40 percent of Vermont.