Vermont Attorney General announces crackdown on illegal lending, $1 million already settled

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Vermont Attorney General William H Sorrell launches a sweeping effort to address the growing problem of illegal and predatory online lending. “Online lenders are taking advantage of thousands of low and moderate income Vermonters. They offer illegal short-term, very high-interest loans via the internet.” said Attorney General Sorrell. “These predatory loans are designed to entrap consumers in long-term debt.

Governor, DEMHS director request preliminary damage assessment for April flooding

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Joe Flynn today asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a damage assessment in areas of Vermont impacted by flooding from April 15-18.  The assessment is to determine if counties in the state qualify for federal Public Assistance disaster funds to help repair public infrastructure damaged in the floods.

Environmental groups join opposition to Costco gas station

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:08am -- tim

by John Herrick A rival fuel dealer’s opposition to the construction of a gas station at the Costco big box store in Colchester is winning friends in the environmental community.

Retail giant Costco is proposing a gasoline station at its Colchester location that it says would lower gas prices in the area. But since the project was first proposed in 2007, a competing gas station owner has been fighting the project on environmental grounds.

School board consolidation bill stalls again

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:52am -- tim

by Anne Galloway Controversial legislation often takes a circuitous route through the Legislature, and such is the case with H.883, the education governance, or school board consolidation bill.

On Tuesday, expectations among members of the House Education Committee were high. They anticipated tweaking the legislation in House Ways and Means and their own committee and then watching the bill get voted out of House Appropriations on its final journey to a floor vote.