Governor Peter Shumlin today signed the FY 2016 Transportation Bill, which builds on recent years of progress in improving the overall condition of Vermont’s transportation infrastructure. Joined by legislative leaders and Transportation Secretary, Sue Minter, the Governor signed the bill to authorize $616 million in infrastructure improvements in support of the Agency of Transportation’s (VTrans) vision of a safe, efficient, multimodal transportation system that promotes Vermont’s economy and quality of life.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) Thursday announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected six Vermont communities to receive a total of $2 million for grants under the Brownfield Grant Program that will help them assess and clean up contaminated properties to facilitate their redevelopment and reuse.
Solar projects in communities throughout Vermont will be open for public tours the third Saturday in June. “Celebrate Solar Tours” will take place across the state on Saturday, June 20, the weekend of the Summer Solstice. Like open sugarhouse weekend in the spring and open art studio weekend in the fall, the summertime tours will give Vermonters the opportunity to get an up-close view of solar systems to learn about the technology, solar economics, and the benefits of solar to our community.
Following doctor’s orders is about to get more fun thanks to a new initiative announced Wednesday by Governor Peter Shumlin. Under the new “Park Prescription” program, physicians around the state will prescribe to their patients time outdoors in Vermont State Parks as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic health issues.
After a slow start to the year, Vermont's housing market has strengthened and in April out-performed every other state in New England. Vermont was the only state with an increase in both sales and median price. For New England overall, year-over-year sales decreased by -2.5% according to the RE/MAX INTEGRA, New England April Monthly Housing Report. Pending sales were up 11.4% over April 2014 and up 19.5% over March 2015.
The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) announced grants today totaling $3,083,910 to protect 2,127 acres of agricultural land on 14 farms and a sugarbush and to conserve 641 acres of wooded and open land on three properties with recreational trails in the towns of Williston, Lyndon and West Windsor. The grants were made to the Vermont Land Trust, the Lake Champlain Land Trust, Kingdom Trails and The Trust for Public Lands. The funding commitments were made at the Board’s May meeting.
The Vermont State Police participated in the national "Click It or Ticket it" campaign; as well as Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) over the Memorial holiday weekend from Friday May 22 until Monday May 25, 2015. Sadly, there were three (3) fatalities on Vermont roadways this past holiday weekend. There have been fourteen (14) total fatalities in Vermont this year to date. 42% of this year's fatalities have either been unbelted or improperly restrained.
WCAX-TV announced today that Marselis "Div" Parsons died this morning. A WCAX report said: "It is with great sadness we report the passing of our friend and colleague Marselis Parsons. Marselis died Wednesday morning of cancer. He was 70. Marselis thanked his loyal following six years ago when he retired from WCAX News. 'We have been a guest. I have been a guest in their homes for 25 years. It has been an honor,' Marselis said in his last newscast. The former news director, reporter and anchor told stories here for 43 years.
Vermont Business Magazine Bolstered by a strong increase in the number of workers against a steep drop in the number of unemployed, the Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for April was 3.6 percent. This represents a decrease of two-tenths of a percentage point from the revised March rate (3.8 percent). The national average in April was 5.4 percent, which experienced a decrease of one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month’s estimate.
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announced today that Duane Peterson, founder and co-president of SunCommon, as the 2015 recipient of the Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business. Named for the late owner of Hemmings Motor News and a founding member of VBSR, the award is given to a VBSR member who best exemplifies Ehrich’s commitment to the environment, workplace, progressive public policy, and community.
Ski Vermont is excited to announce the winner of this season’s Vertical Challenge, the second competition stemming from Ski Vermont’s Check In to Win program. Rob Weiss from Albany, New York logged almost two million vertical feet snowboarding at Killington Resort in an impressive 85 days on the hill this season.
US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) on Tuesday launched his campaign in Burlington for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. In a speech this evening, Sanders will laid out the serious challenges facing the country and detail an “Agenda for America” calling for specific proposals to provide bold solutions.
In remarks prepared for delivery at the outdoor event on the shore of Lake Champlain, Sanders said (CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO WATCH ON CSPAN):