Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims subsided somewhat last week after a big spike. Volatility is typical of the holiday employment scene. However, claims are still significantly lower than at the same time last year. Claims have been lower than they were the same time last year for most weeks in 2017.
by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Saint Michael's College has narrowed its search for a new president to three, according to Trustees Chair Mary-Kate McKenna. McKenna sent a letter to the St Mike's community Thursday saying the Colchester college has three current presidents as finalists for the position. Saint Michael's College President John J Neuhauser announced last May his plans to leave the college in June of 2018. The names of the three candidates were not revealed either in the letter or at the request of VBM.
Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank NA presents the 2017 Special Olympics Vermont Holiday Games December 10 at St Michael’s College and Spare Times Lanes in Colchester. Nearly 500 athletes and Unified partners will compete in swimming, floorball, and bowling. “We are very excited to be the presenting sponsor of the first ever Special Olympics Vermont Holiday Games” says Anita Bourgeois, Community Bank N.A. New England Regional Manager.
Senator Bernie Sanders I thank Leader Schumer for putting me on the so-called 'tax reform' conference committee. Let me be very clear: Both versions of the Senate and the House tax bills are morally grotesque and terrible economic policy. Both bills would provide massive tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, increase taxes on millions of middle class Americans, raise the deficit by more than $1 trillion, and lead to savage cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Vermont Business Magazine Personal income tax revenues, the most important General Revenue source, rebounded in November to push them up over 24 percent for the month (+$10.08 million) and ahead for the year. November marks the fifth month of fiscal year 2018. General Fund revenues collected for the month of November totaled $104.58 million, $8.30 million above the consensus cash flow expectation for the month. The November monthly consensus cash flow target reflects where General Fund receipts overall should be through the month, given the consensus revenue forecast for fiscal year 2018, adopted by the Emergency Board on July 21, 2017, according to Secretary of Administration Susanne Young.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Chris Sununu announced today that New Hampshire will opt out of the FirstNet plan presented by AT&T, and will instead pursue a contract with Rivada Networks, LLC for the provision of an alternative plan for the build out of a high speed wireless broadband network for New Hampshire's first responders. Vermont Governor Phil Scott announced last week that Vermont would opt-in to the FirstNet/AT&T plan. New Hampshire is the first state to opt-out of what is intended to be a nationwide safety plan.
Vermont Business Magazine In 1998, to provide area community organizations with blankets to help Vermonters in need, New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) conducted its first Blankets of Hopeä Drive. Now in its 19th year, the NEFCU Blankets of Hopeä drive has collected and distributed thousands of blankets to organizations including the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), Spectrum Youth & Family Services, Samaritan House, and others.
Public Assets Institute This is the 11th year in a row that Montpelier has projected spending obligations will exceed state revenue projections going into the start of the legislative session. Maybe it’s time to acknowledge that the state’s revenue system isn’t keeping up with even modest budget growth. Projected General Fund revenue for next year is $1,591 million. That’s about $34 million more than Vermont had available to pay for base appropriations for this year ($1,557 million). If this revenue growth were distributed evenly, there would be enough for an increase of just over 2 percent across state government.
Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan raised concerns over the FCC for allowing “fake comments” to be posted on its public comment pages related to proposed rules that would roll-back net neutrality rules. “Net neutrality should be protected and preserved. Fake comments undermine the integrity of the entire process.” said Donovan. In July, the Vermont AG submitted comments to the FCC supporting an open internet.
Vermont Business Magazine Vail Resorts, Inc (NYSE: MTN) today reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 ended October 31, 2017, and provided season pass sales results and certain early ski season indicators. Vail has seen immediate positive impact from its recent acquistions of Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont and Canada's Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort in North America. While early season results have been mixed across the Vail network, Whistler Blackcomb and Stowe have had a strong start to the season with early snow and cold temperatures conducive to snowmaking. Colorado and Utah have been challenged with limited early season terrain.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts visited the Vermont Christmas Tree Farm in Barton Wednesday to highlight the importance of these businesses to the rural Vermont landscape and economy. After touring the farm with owners Bill and Sue Tester, Governor Scott cut three trees, two for his offices in Montpelier and one to bring home. The Testers also provided tips on the best method for cutting and transporting the trees back to his Pavilion office.
Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to preserve air and water quality “are really, at this point, in jeopardy,” said Gina McCarthy, who headed the agency under President Barack Obama and spoke Friday afternoon at the University of Vermont. “It is very, very difficult today not to get a little bit down.” Still, everyone must stop worrying, buck up and move forward, she told those who attended the speech, sponsored by UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. That’s what her father would have demanded, McCarthy said.