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Vermont congressional delegation scores high on 2014 National Environmental Scorecard

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:21pm -- tim

Vermont’s Congressional delegation received high marks today from the National League of Conservation Voters for their pro-environment voting records in LCV’s 2014 National Environmental Scorecard. The delegation’s voting record stands in sharp contrast to a national trend of anti-environmental voting, particularly in the House of Representatives, according to Lauren Hierl, the political director at the Vermont Conservation Voters.

Expect aggressive increases at the pump following this week’s wholesale price spike

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:14pm -- tim

Vermont gasoline prices have edged up over the last couple of weeks, but drivers could see a steeper increase soon, according to a national rating service. For this week, gas prices in Vermont are at an average of $2.387, which is a modest increase of 3.6 cents from a week ago and 4.3 cents from a month ago. Vermont economists have indicated that the lowered gas prices have put millions of dollars into consumers wallets, which has been perhaps the brightest spot in a slowly emerging economy. A price spike could hurt consumer activity.

Keurig, Dunkin', Smucker's expand retail relationship

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:29am -- tim

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc, (NASDAQ: DNKN), The JM Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR) today expanded their partnership by signing agreements for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Dunkin' K-Cup packs at retailers nationwide in the US and Canada, and online. Dunkin' K-Cup packs are presently available in Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the US Keurig is the exclusive producer of Dunkin' K-Cup packs and will remain so with the expansion of the partnership.

CFV launches economic indicators report

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:20am -- tim

Campaign for Vermont (CFV) announces the launch of The Economic Indicators Report. The Report includes data obtained through public records requests as well as some publicly available data that has been analyzed. The February issue focuses on the state of Vermont's workforce. Subsequent reports will be published monthly and examine a specific theme within Vermont's economy.

​Published by CFV with numerous collaborators, the Economic Indicators Report serves Vermonter's need for a nonpartisan, evidence-based discussion of the state's economic climate.

Barton's 2.6 MW of high performance solar panels work even in the snow

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:43am -- tim

Essex Capital Partners, a Massachusetts based developer of utility scale solar projects, and Sunpreme Inc, a US-based solar photovoltaic company that designs and manufactures its own cells and panels, are pleased to announce the completion of 90 day post commissioning of the 2.6 megawatt ground mount solar system developed by Essex Capital (through its subsidiary, Barton Solar), located in Barton, Vermont.

ECHO receives $7,300 grant for invasive species project

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:42am -- tim

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, has received a $7,300 grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program. The funding will support changing one of ECHO’s tanks in our lobby to show 6 animal and 4 plant invasive species. The project, “Aquatic Invasives tank and Interpretation,”will allow ECHO to update its current schooling tank to open in late summer this year.

Advocates oppose ‘disability tax’ for Reach Up families

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:26am -- tim

Advocates appeared before the Legislature Wednesday to oppose a $1.65 million budget cut targeting families on Reach Up who have household member with a disability. The Administration proposal would count $125 of an adult SSI beneficiary’s income against the rest of the household’s Reach Up grant. Children receiving SSI would be exempt from the proposal. The proposal would affect approximately 1,100 Reach Up households with adult SSI beneficiaries. The hearing was for advocates and the public for comments on Vermont’s budget before the House Appropriations Committee.

New position open on VEC’s board of directors

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:24am -- tim

A new position has become available on Vermont Electric Cooperative’s (VEC) Board of Directors. The position represents the towns of Alburgh, Grand Isle, Isle La Motte, North Hero, and South Hero. Members who are interested in running for this position, which will open in May of 2015, should contact VEC at 802.730.1172 to request director candidate materials.

Frozen water pipes affecting communities and homes

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:14am -- tim

With a growing number of communities having experienced water main breaks over the past week and other communities reporting frozen underground water pipes affecting a number of individual customers, Vermont state agencies are ready to provide assistance to communities that may need resources, Governor Peter Shumlin and Public Safety officials have announced.

Vermont F&W news: Youth turkey hunting, expands Southern Vermont WMA, conservation camp applications

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 3:56am -- tim

In an effort to promote youth hunting in Vermont, youth hunters are encouraged to sign up for the Third Annual Governor's Youth Turkey Hunt this spring. The young hunters will be treated to a luncheon on Sunday, April 19, at the Waterbury Fish & Game Club, where they will take part in a discussion on the importance of the hunting tradition in Vermont. 

Hergenrother: Well-intentioned policy will hurt small businesses

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:49pm -- tim

by Adam Hergenrother Vermont has historically been considered an excellent place for entrepreneurs to start a business. As recently as the summer of 2013, Vermont was named the second most entrepreneurial state in the nation by CNN Money. While we may be a very entrepreneurial state, we fall far short of being a business-friendly one. 

AHS grant recipients face $10.9 million cut

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:07pm -- tim

by Elizabeth Hewitt Nearly two dozen advocates sounded off to House lawmakers about underfunding for programs and services in the Shumlin administration’s proposed budget on Tuesday. One by one, advocates from an array of backgrounds around Vermont, voiced concern to members of the House Appropriations Committee about levels of funding for housing, heating and health programs, many of which are run by community-based organizations and funded by grants from the state.