Vermont Business Magazine With some governors working to make it harder for citizens to vote, Governor Peter Shumlin today signed a law to make it easier. The bill (H458), signed into law at Montpelier City Hall, automatically registers eligible Vermonters to vote when they apply for a state driver’s license. President Obama has called for so-called automatic voter registration (AVR) laws to be adopted nationwide. Vermont is now the fourth state with such a law.
by Mike Faher/The Commons It isn’t cheap to maintain an insurance policy on a nuclear power plant. But, as of this month, Entergy Vermont Yankee is getting a big break on premiums: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the company can cut its onsite proper-damage insurance coverage from $1.06 billion to $50 million. Citing the fact that the Vernon plant has been shut down for more than 15 months, the federal agency says a much smaller insurance policy still will be adequate to cover cleanup and decontamination work resulting from any accident.
Vermont Business Magazine AllEarth Renewables, the award winning Vermont-based solar tracker manufacturer, has announced the company will donate a portion of every tracker sale in North Carolina to the repeal effort of HB 2, the state's new discriminatory law. HB 2 overturned protections for LGBT people and sanctioned discrimination across North Carolina. Until the discriminatory law is repealed, AllEarth will donate 1 percent of every sale in NC to Equality NC, an organization leading the HB 2 repeal effort.
Vermont Business Magazine Coming this fall is the Way to Go! Challenge, a two-week event encouraging everyone to travel smart, September 26 - October 7. Registration is open for individuals, businesses and schools to sign-up online at http://www.waytogovt.org. Top performing businesses, schools and individuals will be awarded with recognition and prizes. Designed to encourage a culture of shared mobility, Way to Go! seeks to get people moving, support cleaner air and reduce fossil fuel consumption.
Vermont Business Magazine Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), have announced the Q2 2016 results of their joint initiative, the VBR-EPR Business Conditions Survey. For this reporting period, the diffusion index shows a decline in optimism from Q1 2016 to Q2 2016, indicating that Vermont CEOs continue to feel neutral to mildly pessimistic about the business climate for the coming three months. The survey, which is conducted quarterly, provides both a look back at the previous quarter and a predictive index going forward. The data for both the backward and forward-looking questions are weighted to the Vermont economy by sector employment and turned into “diffusion indices." These diffusion indices provide a tool for analyzing and presenting insight into the Vermont economy over time through the sentiments of the Roundtable members.
Vermont Business Magazine The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved an initiative by Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) that would help law enforcement gain access to real-time information on drug overdoses. The Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act (HR 4982), as amended by Welch’s initiative, was unanimously approved by the committee and will now head to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.
by Bruce Parker Vermont Watchdog The Vermont House gave unanimous approval to S230 on Tuesday to a bill that aims to give towns a say over where renewable energy projects are sited. Wednesday the House passed the bill on a third reading and moved the amended version back to the Senate. While some Vermonters hoped the Legislature would let towns make siting decisions, lawmakers created a complex statewide planning process that involves local, regional and state planners.
Vermont Business Magazine After recent successful actions against foreign counterfeiters, Revision Military, a world leader in protective eyewear solutions based in Essex Junction, was invited to share testimony with a US Senate Judiciary Committee investigating the impact of foreign counterfeiting. Gregory Maguire, Revision’s Senior Director of Legal and Government Affairs, provided a comprehensive analysis of the current and future challenges facing American manufacturers, and outlined the dangers to consumers presented by illegal counterfeit ballistic products. Several recommendations were offered to the committee for consideration, including proposed steps for Federal government action that would strengthen efforts to curtail the sale of inferior counterfeit products.
Vermont Business MagazineVMEC is offering three different training opportunities appropriate for organizations considering ISO 9001 and to those already certified to ISO 9001:2008. ISO 9001 is a process-based approach to documenting and reviewing the structure, responsibilities and procedures required to implement an effective quality management system in any organization. A new revision of the ISO 9001 quality management system standard, ISO 9001:2015, was released in September of last year.
Vermont Business Magazine Ski Vermont’s new Marketing Manager, Adam Rowe, comes to VSAA from Connecticut where he worked in marketing for the off-road industry. There he specialized in sales and marketing, content management, trade show coordination and community building. He also worked closely with industry partners to help cross promote and strengthen brands on multiple levels. Rowe grew up in Connecticut and while traveling to the Ludlow area often as a child he fell in love with Vermont.
by Chris Graff Vermont Business Magazine Years ago the publisher and writer William Allen White was so sure there had to be corruption in Vermont government he sent up investigators and offered rewards. None was found. White had his own theory why this was so: “There are so few pennies in the state treasury that every Vermonter knows where every one of them is, all of the time.” Now days, of course, there are enough pennies circulating in the state that White’s theory probably is long outdated.
Vermont Business Magazine Lyndon State’s News7 has again been recognized by the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences. The organization selected Lyndon State College's daily student newscast and two stories that appeared on those newscasts for awards in their 2016 College/University Awards programs.