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Vermont treasurer issues report on climate change and state investments

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 1:21pm -- tim

Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce today released a report that documents a long-term process of constructive engagement efforts to address environmental, social and governance issues related to climate change. The report details actions taken and planned next steps in the administration of state funds and pension fund investments under the custody of the Treasurer’s office.

United Way of Chittenden County awards $1.84 million to local human service organizations

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:56am -- tim

United Way of Chittenden County notified 27 agencies that the United Way grants supporting their local community programs will be sustained for FY2015. This continued funding commitment begins the second year of a new three-year funding cycle that United Way launched last year. The announcement is a result of a successful 2014 Community Campaign that raised $3.85 million from which United Way is investing $1,845,615 to support local programs in 2015.

Governor Shumlin commends apprenticeship graduates from state registered program

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 8:05am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin on Saturday addressed the 91 graduates of the Vermont Department of Labor's Registered Apprenticeship Programs in electrical and plumbing trades. The programs are run in collaboration with Vermont Technical College under a grant from the Vermont Department of Labor. The ceremony was held at the VTC campus in Randolph Center.

Marine general to speak at Norwich ROTC commissioning ceremony

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 5:28am -- tim

Norwich University’s graduating future officers will hear remarks from a fellow alum at this spring’s joint services commissioning ceremony. Brigadier General Raymond R. Descheneaux ’87, United States Marine Corps Reserve, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation (Mobilization), returns to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers during a formal ceremony to mark the occasion on Sunday, May 10 at 9 am.

Vermont maple sugarer is sweet on solar

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 5:07am -- tim

Fairfield maple sugarer Harvey Bushey is planting a new crop on his farm, a community solar array. A longtime resident of Franklin County, Bushey has meticulously tended to his sugarbush by boiling sap every spring for his business, Log Cabin Maples. On a recent afternoon, Bushey and his wife, Mary, were found enjoying the bucolic Vermont tradition alongside the state’s promising new future of solar energy.

‘Times’ columnist David Brooks is Dartmouth commencement speaker

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 4:35am -- tim

Political commentator and critically acclaimed author David Brooks will deliver the main address at Dartmouth’s 2015 Commencement exercises on Sunday morning, June 14, on the Green. Since September 2003, Brooks has written an op-ed column for The New York Times that has helped shape important conversations of the day, from the future of the Republican Party to the dangers of what he sees as the moral relativism of modern society.

Senate Appropriations close to passing 'tight' budget

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 9:44am -- tim

by Elizabeth Hewitt As the Senate Appropriations Committee hones in on a final version of the General Fund budget package for fiscal year 2016, things are tight. “Our options are very, very limited,” Senator Jane Kitchel, D-Caledonia, said Friday. The committee aims to pass the budget bill out on Monday, and plans to get the bill through the Senate by the end of next week. The House General Fund budget totaled $1.47 billion.

House passes bipartisan Welch legislation to curb prescription drug abuse

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 5:37am -- tim

The House of Representatives has passed bipartisan legislation authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) to combat prescription drug abuse by improving the distribution process for prescription drugs.  The legislation, which was unanimously approved on a voice vote, was cosponsored by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

Weekly unemployment claims bounce

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims rose again for the week of April 18, 2015, and are near 1,000 for the first time in nearly two months. The transition from the end of the winter recreation season is resulting in a seasonal increase in unemployment claims. There were 980 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont, an increase of 213 from the previous week's total, but 125 fewer than they were a year ago.

Caledonia County Republicans oppose extending sales tax to services

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:03pm -- tim

Caledonia County Republicans have registered their strong opposition to any broadening of the Vermont sales and use tax to include services. The Caledonia County Republican Committee took the action unanimously at its monthly meeting on April 20. The action was prompted by the April 15 advocacy of the sales tax extension by Democratic/Progressive Senator Tim Ashe, Chair of the Vermont Senate Finance Committee.