Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims as expected fell dramatically last week as holiday hiring picked up. Volatility is typical this time of year. Claims also remain lower than at the same time last year, as they have been for most weeks in 2017. Holiday hiring will see a reverse after Christmas, when claims typically spike again. For the week of December 9, 2017, there were 586 claims, 293 fewer than than they were last week and 80 fewer than they were a year ago. Altogether 4,161 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 766 from a week ago, and 940 fewer than a year ago.
Vermont Business Magazine If the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program is not funded by Congress, 24 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Vermont and New Hampshire, providing primary care to over 260,000 residents, will lose 70 percent of their funding beginning in January. The Health Centers have halted planned service expansions, including much-needed treatment programs for substance use disorders.
by ANR Secretary Julie Moore There’s been a lot of conversation lately around how to fund long-term clean water efforts in Vermont. Having personally worked on waterway clean-up in Vermont for 15 years, I am deeply aware of the long-term nature of the challenges we’re facing. We are a small state with a big task ahead of us and while this work is not insurmountable, finding solutions that have broad-based support won’t always be easy. There is one piece of this puzzle that just makes sense: TDI’s New England Clean Power Link project.
by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Burlington's Yankee Medical, Inc, a longtime local supplier of equipment such as wheelchairs, hospital beds and prosthetic limbs, has become part of the University of Vermont Health Network. The Network's affiliated hospitals include The University of Vermont Medical Center. UVMHN said in a statement that the partnership will make the transitions from hospital to home as smooth and beneficial to patients as possible.
Vermont Business Magazine In a letter to Governor Phil Scott and Agency of Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille, Rights & Democracy is calling for Vermont to extend the ACA enrollment period beyond Friday's deadline. Of the 12 state-based exchanges, Vermont and Idaho are the only two in the United States that has not extended the deadline. Below is a copy of the letter sent to this afternoon by Jessica Early, RN, the Health Care Justice Organizer for Rights & Democracy.
Vermont Business Magazine At a meeting in Barre on December 8, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board committed $4,749,000 to create 38 new affordable homes in Manchester, Montpelier and Essex, to make accessibility improvements to 60 homes statewide, to conserve 595 acres of farmland in Addison, Rutland, and Franklin counties, and to add 118 conserved acres to a high elevation natural area at Mt Equinox in Manchester.
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) hails action this week by the Canadian Parliament to pass new customs preclearance language into law that will make possible improved rail and air travel between Vermont – and other points in the United States -- and Canada. For an Amtrak rail crossing, Vermont officials have previously told VBM that logistics would still have to be worked out in setting up a station in Montreal to handle customs, among other prerequisites.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s two US senators – Senator Patrick Leahy (D) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I) – have joined Senator Edward J Markey (D-Mass), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and 13 other senators on Thursday in announcing their plan to introduce a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would undo Thursday’s action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and restore the 2015 net neutrality rules.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) was honored, alongside partners from the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests (GMFL) and the Lexington School for the Deaf, in receiving the US Forest Service Chief’s National Honor Award for Excelling as a High Performing Agency. This recognition was for successful efforts to diversify opportunities in Vermont, including developing American Sign Language crews combining young adults who are deaf and hearing on conservation projects over the past two summers.
Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the winners of the first Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship, launched in early October to increase support for entrepreneurs in the City of Burlington. Collectively, the winning organizations received $200,000 and provide a broad range of support services and work with a diverse mix of entrepreneurs.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Teddy Bear, PajamaGram and the United States Olympic Committee announced today that Spirit, the official Team USA Bear, is giving Team USA athletes a big competitive edge for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018: warmth and comfort from head to toe. In his second year as the official Team USA Bear, Spirit wears a red, white and blue winter outfit, including a puffer jacket and matching hat, mittens and scarf. A portion of every sale of the Team USA Bear helps support our athletes, and that’s not the only thing Spirit will help: He’s giving Team USA Hoodie-Footies from PajamaGram to each American athlete—roughly 245 total—so they can stay warm and rested when not skiing, sliding, snowboarding and skating to the medal stand.
Vermont Business Magazine The holiday season is upon us in Vermont and Mother Nature has gifted our slopes with up to two feet of snow this week. This abundant early season snowfall allows for expanding open terrain at resorts and has enticed above average amounts of mid-week visitors. With resorts dropping ropes and making snow, and most of the remaining Vermont ski and snowboard areas planning to open this weekend, Vermont’s open terrain will double over the next week and could be close to 100 percent open over the holiday.