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Legislature Week in Review: Happy hour, water tax, prescription drug costs

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 4:07pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs This week the Statehouse was relatively slow moving in terms of House and Senate floor action. The House did settle on the rules for the recount of the Orange-1 House race and there was a vote to elect new UVM trustees, but beyond that, action was light. Things should start to pick up as bills move out of committee in advance of the Town Meeting week recess in two weeks, which also marks the midway point of the 2017 legislative session.

Holcombe: Every Student Succeeds Act supports Agency’s focus on continuous improvement

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 11:26am -- tim

by Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe Just over 50 years ago, in response to a national poverty rate of almost 20 percent, President Johnson introduced legislation known as the “War on Poverty.” His goal was “not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it." A central piece was the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), which emphasized equal access to educational opportunity and accountability for meeting equity goals. The Act mandated funds to support those goals.

NPR war reporter Tom Bowman to speak at St Mike’s on Feb 23

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 5:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saint Michael’s alumnus and National Public Radio (NPR) Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman ’77 will be presenting on campus on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center at Saint Michael’s College. His talk, titled “Reporting on war and conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq,” will highlight Bowman’s many trips to the war-torn region and being embedded with US troops. Bowman was nearly killed last year when his convoy was ambushed, killing his colleague, NPR photographer David Gilkey, and their Afghani translator.

Pico hosts Wounded Warrior Project

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 3:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine An abundance of snow and chilly temperatures could not keep Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) veterans away from the slopes of Pico Mountain recently. Participants skied, rode snowboards, and enjoyed the benefits of getting out of the house and connecting with fellow service members. Warriors and guests arrived at the mountain early, eager to obtain their equipment and conquer the snowy peaks. Many participants were beginners, so the bunny slope was busy throughout the day. Only an afternoon trip to the Slopeside Grill for lunch interrupted the action.

Girls on the Run Vermont announces its 18th season with open registration

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 3:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Girls on the Run Vermont (GOTRVT) is excited to welcome its 18th season by announcing that program registration for Central VT is open! From now until February 22, parents/guardians can register their girl for the Central VT spring program at their participating site or rec center via the GOTRVT website.

Scott trip to Quebec 'to strengthen' economic, security, environmental, energy partnerships

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 4:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and members of his senior staff and cabinet traveled to Québec City this week for the first official meetings with their Québec counterparts, as well as meeting with businesses and industry groups in the Province. Scott and Premier Couillard discussed opportunities to expand the Vermont-Quebec partnership through continued collaboration, promoting trade integration, improving the Vermont-Quebec multi-sectorial cooperation agreement and exploring increased education exchange opportunities.

Special Olympics Vermont delegates make case for critical funding on Capitol Hill

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Special Olympics athletes, Program leaders, Unified Partners, and family members from 39 states and the District of Columbia converged on Capitol Hill on February 15 for Special Olympics’ 15th annual “Capitol Hill Day.” Special Olympics athletes from across the nation held more than 250 face-to-face meetings with Members of Congress in both the House and Senate, challenging and inviting their elected officials to partner with them to achieve the goals of expanding Special Olympics Unified Sports and Unified Champion Schools programming throughout the US, and to end health care disparities and discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities. 

Scott, VCRD, utilities look to develop 'climate smart' communities

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 1:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) joined with Governor Phil Scott and partners including Green Mountain Power, Efficiency Vermont, Vermont Electric Coop and Washington Electric Coop today to launch the Climate Economy Model Communities Program. VCRD will join with the utilities and other partners to facilitate a process in two communities annually to help them build and implement locally developed plans modeling state-of-the-art rural development in an age of climate change.

Vermont PBS sells Mt Ascutney license for $56 million

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont PBS announced today that it accepted a bid of $56 million for one of its four broadcast licenses, WVTA, in the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction. Vermonters will not see any reduction in over the air coverage. Vermont PBS will reengineer its network and upgrade its remaining signals to replicate coverage transmitted from Mt Ascutney.

Bernie Sanders seeks to expand Social Security

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) introduced legislation Thursday to expand Social Security benefits and strengthen the retirement program for generations to come. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced a companion bill in the House.The legislation would ensure that Social Security could pay every benefit owed to every eligible American for the next 61 years, according to a new analysis Thursday by the retirement system’s chief actuary.

Weekly unemployment claims inch down

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 9:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims remained relatively flat again last week. By industry, Services were slightly higher than Construction, which had reported the most claims over the last few weeks. Most times of the year, Services record the most claims. The spikes in the graph below reveal the volatility in hiring and firing around the holidays.

For the week of February 11, 2017, there were 554 claims, down 8 from the previous week's total and 23 more than than they were a year ago. Year-to-year claims have been lower the last several weeks.