by Paul Cillo Public Assets Institute It should be obvious by now: You can’t provide property tax relief by raising property taxes. In fact, it should have been obvious long before now. Yet that is exactly what the Legislature included in Act 46, the school consolidation bill, in 2015. (It then repealed that provision in 2016.) And that is exactly what the House Education Committee is proposing again this year. The committee voted on Friday to introduce a committee bill (H.509).
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Arts Council announced today that Executive Director Alex Aldrich will step down on April 14 after more than 20 years leading the nation’s only nonprofit state arts agency. The board of trustees has begun transition planning as part of the organization’s ongoing strategic planning process. They have hired an interim executive director, Teri Bordenave, who will oversee day-to-day activities as well as assist in a national search for a new executive director.
Vermont Business Magazine On Saturday, March 25, the lights of iconic sites like The Empire State Building and the Space Needle will be turned off between 8:30 and 9:30pm to show solidarity in the fight against climate change as people around the world celebrate the 11th annual Earth Hour.
Vermont Business Magazine Howard Center announced today that Deborah Richter, MD, was recently hired to provide services and supports to those in recovery from alcohol and substance use. The appointment follows the recent closure of Maple Leaf Farm, as Howard Center and other providers seek to provide continuous service for individuals who previously had been enrolled at Maple Leaf. Richter was employed by Maple Leaf Farm and, post-closure, continuously served her clients through a temporary placement at the Vermont Department of Health.
Vermont Business Magazine To recognize excellence in the teaching of Vermont’s young children, the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children announced the third annual Early Educator of the Year Award. In the third year of this award, the Permanent Fund will be accepting nominations for an outstanding home-based child care professional who has demonstrated a commitment to quality early childhood education.
by Emma Lamberton Vermont Watchdog A prominent Republican consultant and local columnist is alleging that Governor Phil Scott’s administration sought to prevent her from writing about GOP dissent over the Republican governor’s immigration policies.
Montpelier, Vt. – America’s Joblink Alliance – a provider of the nationwide web-based database Joblink, which is used by the State of Vermont – has notified the State that the job seeker functionality of its website was compromised by a malicious software.
A national celebration and proclamation of the success and impact the SBDC programs have on economic development! Did you know that the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is part of a nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers? For the first time ever, we are all teaming up to celebrate #SBDCday on March 22, 2017. America’s SBDC is the largest technical assistance program for small businesses in the country with nearly 1,000 centers providing no-cost advising and low-cost educational workshops for entrepreneurs and business owners.
Vermont Business Magazine In a development with direct implications for future work at Revision Military Newport, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) announced today that the US Army awarded Revision Military a contract for as much as $98 million to produce the next generation of combat helmets for soldiers. The announcement follows an intense competition for the project.
Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has received $20,000 from the Olmsted Foundation to send 10 students along with Peace and War Center Director Professor Travis Morris to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, for two weeks in May for cultural immersion and to study the conflict there firsthand. The trip is organized and planned by the students, who are all cadets on track to commission into the US military. The Olmsted Foundation provides opportunities for US military officers to travel for cultural immersion to enhance the American military.
Vermont Business Magazine Merchants Bank awards Technology for Tomorrow a $2,000.00 grant to help support T4T's programs that bring free technology education to under-served Vermonters. Technology For Tomorrow (T4T) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that began with a group of high school students from South Burlington who utilized their computer skills to serve their community through free technology training. Since its founding in 2012, Technology for Tomorrow has worked with students from high schools across Vermont to coordinate educational technology workshops.
Vermont Business Magazine US Citizenship and Immigration Services will present 20 citizenship candidates to the Honorable Colleen A. Brown, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, U.S.