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Legislature Week in Review: Talk of Special Session

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:30am -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs A mid-week press conference by House leadership to "remind" Governor Scott that "Vermonters expect him to present responsible budget proposals" put a spotlight on the tension between lawmakers and the Governor on the development of the FY18 state budget. House leaders in a statement pointed out Vermonters approved 90 percent of school budgets at Town Meeting. They argued the Governor's proposal for school boards to level fund K-12 budgets in order to invest in higher education and early education had been rejected by Town Meeting voters. Governor Scott responded through a spokeswoman that his budget proposal is balanced and put the burden back on lawmakers to come up with a budget of their own if they didn't want to adopt his plan.

Leahy, Sanders and Welch support Early Head Start grant

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 8:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine United Children’s Services has been awarded an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant to expand high quality early learning opportunities for Bennington’s most vulnerable infants and toddlers. The grant is for $1.2 million from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families and will support 48 infants and toddlers in Bennington County.

Vermont Maple Festival among top Vermont April events

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 4:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s famous Maple Season will continue to be a top tourism draw throughout the month of April, culminating with the immensely popular Vermont Maple Festival in downtown St. Albans during the weekend of April 28 to 30. Coming on the heels of Maple Open House Weekend (March 25-26), which provides visitors a firsthand opportunity to experience Maple Season at the state’s legendary sugarhouses, the Vermont Maple Festival is a three-day celebration that showcases maple producers, vendors, exhibits, and attractions and events for kids. Growing in popularity, the Vermont Maple Festival drew a record estimated crowd of 40,000 people in 2016.

'Female Founders Speaker Series' features The Alchemist & Vermont Creamery

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 11:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) and Hotel Vermont are thrilled to announce that March’s “Food & Beverage” event will feature Allison Hooper, co-founder of Vermont Creamery, and Jen Kimmich, co-founder of The Alchemist. The event will be held Monday, March 20th, 5:30-7pm in beautiful Juniper Hall at Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry Street in downtown Burlington. All are welcome, but tickets are limited so interested parties are encouraged to act fast. 

Fed economist to speak at Lyndon/Johnson State College forum March 22

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 4:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Dr Robert K Triest, vice president and economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, will talk on economic conditions in Vermont and regional economic conditions at a forum March 22 at Johnson State College. The forum, co-sponsored by Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges, will be at 5:30 pm in Stearns Performance Space at Johnson State College. The event is free and open to the public.

The forum will include a panel discussion and an opportunity for attendees to network afterward.

Champlain Women’s Empowerment Symposium set for April 3

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 4:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Champlain College Women’s Empowerment Initiative’s Spring Symposium will be held on April 3. A series of events will be held throughout the day to celebrate the 2017 theme -- “Being Brave: Cultivating Our Courage and Confidence.” The third annual Spring Symposium will bring together members of the Champlain College faculty, staff, students, alumni and community for learning and engaged discussion. Events are open to the public.  

Kids VT wins six awards from national parenting media group

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 3:31pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine For the sixth year in a row, Kids VT, Vermont’s free monthly parenting magazine, took home the top writing prize at the Parenting Media Association’s Design and Editorial Awards Competition. The national competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design in PMA member publications. The association announced the honors at its annual March convention in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Kids VT won the following awards in its size category:

Nancy Putnam appointed to Union Bank board

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 11:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine David S Silverman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank announced today that, on February 15 the Board of Directors of Union Bankshares, Inc appointed Nancy C Putnam of Jeffersonville to the Board of Directors of Union Bank. Previously employed as a CPA with Marckres Norder & Company in Morrisville, Nancy recently retired after 21 years of employment.

Merchants Bank awards $2,000 grant to HOPE’s Project Real Job

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 4:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On a recent bleak winter day, spirits were lifted at HOPE with the news of a $2,000 grant award from Merchants Bank. Grant funds will support HOPE’s Project Real Job initiative – one of HOPE’s most utilized programs, will assist working low income residents of Addison County. Project Real Job is designed to keep low income working people gainfully employed.  In 2016, HOPE assisted 55 different people in Addison County with small amounts of support to help cover approved job related expenses.

House General votes out family leave insurance bill

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 4:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a 7-4 party-line vote today, the House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs voted favorably to advance H196, a bill that would create a family and medical leave insurance program. The program would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave to cover a worker’s absence for a qualifying condition, including to care for a new child, a seriously ill loved one or themselves. Governor Phil Scott, however does not love the bill because it pays for the $80 million benefit with what the governor calls a payroll tax.

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