Senator Patrick Leahy We’re finally seeing why Senate Republican leaders have been hiding their shameful Trumpcare bill for so long. With no hearings, no debate, no vetting process, and no score, this plan breaks every promise the President made about what he would do in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Cobbled together behind closed doors, it is a cruel and cynical hoax, played on millions upon millions of Americans who would lose all or some of their health insurance protections under this plan. Millions of Americans would not be able to afford insurance.
Vermont Business Magaziine US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement and video Thursday after Senate Republicans released a draft of their health care bill: “For weeks, Republicans have been drafting their ‘health care’ bill in secret, refusing to hold hearings or public debate. Now we know why. The bill Republicans announced today is even worse than expected and by far the most harmful piece of legislation I have seen in my lifetime. This bill has nothing to do with health care.
Vermont Business Magazine This week the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees unanimously approved a balanced fiscal year 2018 budget after several years of shortfalls. The five-college system enrolls over 12,000 students, including over 10,000 Vermonters, and is comprised of Castleton University, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, Vermont Technical College and the Community College of Vermont.
Vermont Business Magazine Rock Art Brewery unveils Vermont’s first solar-powered beer, Sun Rocked IPA, as a toast to the 20-year-old brewery reaching a new milestone: going solar. SunCommon of Waterbury helped Rock Art Brewery of Morrisville become the first Vermont brewery to fully offset its power needs with a 200-panel rooftop solar array.
Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department today launched its new Defeat the Peak program, encouraging members of the Burlington community to reduce their energy usage on the hottest – or peak – days of summer 2017. Defeat the Peak is a unique approach to demand reduction that uses the following “triple bottom line” strategy to get customers engaged in the effort:
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Energy Control System’s (VECS) co-founder Bill Kuhn testified last week before the Digital Commerce & Consumer Protection Subcommitte hearing in Washington, DC, at the annual Internet of Things (IoT) Showcase Event. The IoT encompasses any and all devices which can be connected to the Internet and to each other from cell phones to coffee makers to smart homes. VECS designs and manufactures electronic devices using cutting edge technology for IoT applications.
Leonine Public Affairs The Vermont General Assembly gaveled to a close at 7:48 pm on Wednesday, June 21, following a day-long veto override session. Lawmakers gathered to respond to the governor’s veto of two bills, H509, an education finance bill, and H518, the FY18 budget bill. Lawmakers also considered H511, a bill to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. H.511 was originally a highway safety bill that was amended to include the compromise language on marijuana legalization.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson issued statements after the Legislature passed a revised budget Wednesday night. Scott, Johnson and Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe had carved out the compromise over the last couple of weeks and announced it Wednesday morning. The governor had vetoed the budget and property tax bills in early June.
Vermont Business Magazine The Upper Valley Aquatic Center (UVAC) and Norwich Solar Technologies (NST) have completed the commissioning of a 500-kilowatt solar project just down the road in Hartford, for the benefit of UVAC and its members and guests. The system was turned on May 23rd and is now producing power. So far it has produced 33,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity. Feeding into Green Mountain Power’s electricity network, this build is projected to save UVAC a substantial amount on electricity annually.
Vermont Business Magazine To demonstrate appreciation of clean water, healthy communities, and Vermont, the NA Manosh Corporation of Morrisville is donating 1% of water well drilling revenue to Lake Champlain International, supporting efforts to make Lake Champlain drinkable, swimmable and fishable for future generations. “We tend to take having access to clean, fresh water resources for granted, Lake Champlain included,” says Manosh Corporation’s owner and president, Nick Manosh.
by Eileen Whalen, President and COO of University of Vermont Medical Center; Jill Berry Bowen, CEO of Northwestern Medical Center; Don George, CEO of Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Vermont; Todd Moore, CEO of OneCare Vermont. As leaders of large Vermont health care organizations we are tasked with the need to treat the sick and the infirm, to do so efficiently, and to provide high quality care. We accept that. But we need partners, and with those partners, we need to change the perception of public health being about sickness, to public health being about wellness.
Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) have recommended Burlington attorney Christina Nolan to President Trump to be Vermont’s next US Attorney. Nolan would be the 38th US Attorney in Vermont’s history and the first woman nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate for the position. She would lead an office of 45 employees, including 20 attorneys who represent the United States in criminal and civil litigation in Vermont.