Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement Monday regarding the end-of-year spending bill: "As I have stated many times, Congress must not break for recess unless it addresses some of the major crises facing this country. While Republicans believe that tax breaks for billionaires and large corporations is the nation's major priority, I strongly disagree. Here are some of the issues that Congress must deal with now.
Vermont Business Magazine Comcast and Mobius have opened the voting process for the 2018 Vermont Mentor of the Year Award. Voters can read the full nominations for each candidate, and submit their choice for one of the 10 finalists by clicking the link below. Public voting is open through Thursday, January 4, 2018, and will narrow the field down to three finalists. The final award winner will be determined by a selection committee of local mentoring supporters, and Comcast will present the award to the winning mentor at Mobius’ annual Mentoring Celebration at the Statehouse later in the month.
Vermont Business Magazine At the recent 23nd Annual Meeting of the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), keynote speaker Don Macke from the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship discussed “The Road Ahead for Rural Economic Development in Addison County.” For a link to his presentation and the Addison County Development Opportunity Profile, go to: addisoncountyedc.org/about/news/acedc-annual-meeting-new-board-members
Vermont Business Magazine Following last week’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gutting the 2015 Open Internet Order, which prohibits content restrictions, website fees and the creation of internet ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ lanes by internet providers, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos released a statement condemning the decision, calling it a devastating blow to open information access and free speech.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan and 14 other attorneys general filed a lawsuit December 5 accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of violating the Clean Air Act by delaying air quality standards for ground-level ozone pollution. Ground-level ozone causes asthma and other respiratory problems. The EPA determined a new standard, adopted in 2015, would have public health benefits worth an estimated $2.9 billion to $5.9 billion.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets would like to remind all state farm operations that the 23rd annual winter manure spreading ban is underway. As required by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets' (VAAFM) Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs), between December 15 and April 1, no manure or other agricultural wastes (including: compost and spoiled feed) may be spread on agricultural fields throughout Vermont.
by Mike Smith Republicans deserve what they got in Alabama last week when voters rejected their candidate for the US Senate, Roy Moore. This Senate seat should have been a slam dunk for Republicans. In Alabama they hadn’t lost a Senate race to a Democrat in over two decades. In fact, they had a candidate in Luther Strange who likely would have won the general election easily, but Moore defeated Strange in the primary.
Republicans decided to run a flawed candidate against Democrat Doug Jones even before sexual misconduct accusations surfaced.
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims as expected fell dramatically last week as holiday hiring picked up. Volatility is typical this time of year. Claims also remain lower than at the same time last year, as they have been for most weeks in 2017. Holiday hiring will see a reverse after Christmas, when claims typically spike again. For the week of December 9, 2017, there were 586 claims, 293 fewer than than they were last week and 80 fewer than they were a year ago. Altogether 4,161 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 766 from a week ago, and 940 fewer than a year ago.
Vermont Business Magazine If the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program is not funded by Congress, 24 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Vermont and New Hampshire, providing primary care to over 260,000 residents, will lose 70 percent of their funding beginning in January. The Health Centers have halted planned service expansions, including much-needed treatment programs for substance use disorders.
by ANR Secretary Julie Moore There’s been a lot of conversation lately around how to fund long-term clean water efforts in Vermont. Having personally worked on waterway clean-up in Vermont for 15 years, I am deeply aware of the long-term nature of the challenges we’re facing. We are a small state with a big task ahead of us and while this work is not insurmountable, finding solutions that have broad-based support won’t always be easy. There is one piece of this puzzle that just makes sense: TDI’s New England Clean Power Link project.
by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Burlington's Yankee Medical, Inc, a longtime local supplier of equipment such as wheelchairs, hospital beds and prosthetic limbs, has become part of the University of Vermont Health Network. The Network's affiliated hospitals include The University of Vermont Medical Center. UVMHN said in a statement that the partnership will make the transitions from hospital to home as smooth and beneficial to patients as possible.
Vermont Business Magazine In a letter to Governor Phil Scott and Agency of Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille, Rights & Democracy is calling for Vermont to extend the ACA enrollment period beyond Friday's deadline. Of the 12 state-based exchanges, Vermont and Idaho are the only two in the United States that has not extended the deadline. Below is a copy of the letter sent to this afternoon by Jessica Early, RN, the Health Care Justice Organizer for Rights & Democracy.