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Governor decreases workers' comp insurance rates to save $10 million

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced that workers’ compensation insurance rates will continue to improve for a second year in a row. It will cost less for most Vermont employers when the new rates approved by the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) become effective on April 1. The log hauling industry will be the biggest benefactors and overall it will save Vermont employers $10 million a year.

House takes up suite of women’s health initiatives and sexual harassment prevention legislation

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:57am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The House gave preliminary approval today to the Sexual Harassment Prevention Bill (H.707) on a vote of 131-2. Two additional bills will be up for consideration later this week, including H.639, which bans cost-sharing for breast imaging services and H.404, which establishes Medicaid reimbursement for long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).  

Stolen rhino horn valued at $200K recovered

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 3:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Over the past eleven months UVM Police has collaborated with several law enforcement partners to investigate the theft of a valuable rhinoceros horn that had significant historic importance to the University. The horn was reported stolen on 4/27/2017 from UVM’s Torrey Hall/UVM’s Department of Wildlife Biology and was estimated to be valued in excess of $200,000.

Vermont Farm to School & Childcare Program reveals 2018 grant awards

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 3:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has canceled the 2018 Vermont Farm to School and Childcare Grant Award Ceremony due to weather, which was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon (March 14, 2018), in the State House cafeteria. Legislators and others will still enjoy the school lunch planned by Vermont FEED and the agency, as served by the staff at the State House Café.

Corey Parent to run for open Franklin County Senate seat

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine State Representative Corey Parent (R-St Albans) announced today that he’s a candidate to represent Franklin County and Alburgh in the Vermont Senate. “I want to thank the people of St Albans for allowing me the honor to serve on their behalf for past four years. I also want to thank Senator Carolyn Branagan for her service to the people of Franklin County.” Parent said. Branagan, a Republican, has announced she will step down. Franklin County has long been a Republican stronghold.

Vermont Mutual donates over $9,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Mutual Insurance Group recently presented a check for $9,900 to the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Vermont as part of their partnership with UVM and the Cats Win, Community Wins initiative. The check was presented on the ice by Dan Bridge, president and CEO of Vermont Mutual and Mark McDonnell, executive vice president and COO, to Tanya Benosky, executive director of The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington.

State and local law enforcement begin school safety assessments

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of Governor Phil Scott’s overall plan to ensure Vermont’s schools remain safe – as outlined in a memo to legislators in February – the Vermont State Police, Vermont Sheriffs and municipal police departments have begun meeting with school officials throughout the state to conduct school safety site assessments. The assessments seek to gather information on current school emergency preparedness planning, training, policies, security systems and school safety practices being used across Vermont. This data will assist the Vermont School Safety Center, school safety partners, communities and school boards in identifying common school emergency preparedness gaps and areas to focus future planning, training, exercise and equipment initiatives.

The Big Reveal: UVM senior medical students learn fate on Match Day

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Match Day – the annual rite of passage that ignites a senior medical student’s future – is on Friday, March 16, 2018. Beginning at noon EDT, medical students in the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine’s Class of 2018 and soon-to-be-doctors from across the US and world will learn which US residency program they have been matched to for the next three to seven years.

Inaugural Main Street Grants will help fund seven downtown projects

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Seven communities around Vermont were announced on Tuesday as the inaugural winners of Main Street Grants, a program the National Life Group Foundation created in partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation. The grants include funding for signs to guide visitors through downtowns, renovation of a community center, and updating a historic performance space. In all, $85,500 in grants were awarded to Barre, Bennington, Montpelier, St Albans, St Johnsbury, Waterbury, and Wilmington. The National Life Foundation provided $70,500 of the funding and the Vermont Community Foundation provided $15,000.