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Montpelier rally to call for release of detained farmworkers

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 9:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Migrant Justice announced in a press release that it will hold a rally Friday evening to denounce the Border Patrol arrest of farmworker couple Yesenia Hernández and Esau Peche.  Both are active members of Migrant Justice and participated in the June 17th 13-mile march to the Ben & Jerry’s factory, calling on the ice cream company to improve conditions for dairy workers.

When: Friday, June 23th, 6pm - 8pm

Where: Vermont State House, 115 State St., Montpelier, VT

Education Agency partners with UVM for Vermont Teacher of the Year award

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Beginning this year the Agency of Education will be partnering with the University of Vermont for the Vermont Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year process. Educators recognized at the 2016 UVM Outstanding Teacher Day, have been invited to apply for the 2018 Vermont TOY. Interested candidates must submit an application for consideration to the Vermont Agency of Education by July 14, 2017. Beginning in late July, a volunteer committee comprised of previous Vermont Teachers of the Year, a Principal of the Year and a representative from the VT NEA will assess the applications, interview candidates and recommend the top three finalists to the Agency of Education.

Leahy to fight 'disastrous' healthcare plan

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:59pm -- tim

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.

Bernie Sanders calls Senate Obamacare replacement 'worse than expected'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:26pm -- tim

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.

VSC Trustees approve balanced budget with increased state support

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:55pm -- tim

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.

Rock Art Brewery, SunCommon toast Vermont’s first solar-powered beer

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:26pm -- tim

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.

Burlington Electric launches 'Defeat the Peak' program

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:16pm -- tim

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:

VECS testifies before the Digital Commerce & Consumer Protection subcommittee

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:14pm -- tim

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: Veto session deal reached

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:08pm -- tim

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.

Scott, lawmakers make budget deal with $13 million in property tax savings

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:35am -- tim

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.

Upper Valley Aquatic Center solar project powers up

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 5:59am -- tim

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. 

Manosh to donate 1% of water well drilling revenue to assist lake

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:12am -- tim

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.