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Leonine: Gun safety legislation forces shift in Montpelier

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 3:02pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs The conclusion of this week marks the midpoint of the 2018 legislative session. Because the official crossover deadline for policy bills was Friday legislators were working feverishly to move bills out of committee to ensure the other body has the ability to consider them. However, due to an unusual amount of floor activity the crossover deadline is getting an unofficial extension. Much of this can be attributed to the sudden shift in the political landscape regarding gun safety legislation. In less than two weeks time most gun safety bills went from being non-starters to must pass legislation.

Condos: Our democracy needs you, remember to vote!

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 4:40am -- tim

by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos Voting is the bedrock of our democracy. One-person, one-vote is an ideal that lies at the corner of our collective democratic values. On Town Meeting Day, the first Tuesday in March, citizens across Vermont come together in their communities to discuss the business of their towns. For over 200 years, Town Meeting Day has been an important political event as Vermonters elect local officers, vote on municipal and school budgets, and decide a host of other potential local issues, like bond votes or school district consolidations.

Ken Squier to be honored by CVCC

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 11:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Legendary sports broadcaster Ken Squier will be honored by the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce at their Annual St Patrick’s Day Breakfast. As St Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, The Chamber will be getting a jump on the “Wearin’ of the Green” by meeting on Tuesday, March 13th. The breakfast will kick off at 7:30am at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Montpelier.

February 2018 newsbriefs

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 11:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Quiros to pay back $81 million, give up resorts; VEC CEO Christine Hallquist resigns, to run for governor; Amtrak could suspend Vermont service; $15 minimum wage; Vermont Gas rate decrease would save customers $270 a year; Maine power line picked over Vermont options for Mass RFP; Woodchuck Cider ends relationship with Pabst; ​Scott, lawmakers put gun control bills on fast track; and more.

F-35 ballot question has both sides scrambling

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 4:40pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine If the skies seem a bit quieter around Burlington International Airport these days, it’s because the Vermont Air National Guard’s F-16s have been flying fewer sorties. And it will keep getting quieter for about the next 18 months, which will include, starting next March, about six months of no F-16 activity. But for the next few days, the political noise will get louder, and who knows when that might quiet down.

Unemployment taxes to fall again, claims to be higher

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 3:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor announced Friday, March 2, 2018, three potential changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program, that will ultimately reduce tax rates for employers beginning July 1, 2018. These anticipated changes will also reduce the taxable wage base amount that employers currently pay on unemployment taxes by $2,000, beginning January 1, 2019, and on the benefits side, claimants are expected to see an increase in the maximum benefit amount effective July 1, 2018.

NEFCU accepting applications for 2018 STEM scholarships

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 1:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On March 1, 2018, New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) began accepting applications for its 2018 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarships. Three scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded. To be eligible for NEFCU STEM Scholarships, applicants must be New England Federal Credit Union members. 

In addition to NEFCU membership, applicants must be pursuing one of these fields of study:

Killington to spend $16 million on upgrades

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 12:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Just as Vermont is getting bombed with heavy snow, Killington Resort has announced that it will invest $16 million in a number of significant upgrades ahead of the 2018-19 season. The upgrades will optimize the guest experience and make the mountain more accessible to all guests. Enhancements will include a new 6-person high speed bubble chairlift, new lift service at South Ridge, significant upgrades to the K-1 Express Gondola, additional availability of intermediate trails, improvements to existing intermediate runs, and resort-wide infrastructure upgrades including the addition of hands-free lift access validation with RFID technology at both Killington and Pico.