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PAI: Another attempt to lower property taxes by raising them

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 4:07pm -- tim

by Paul Cillo Public Assets Institute It should be obvious by now: You can’t provide property tax relief by raising property taxes. In fact, it should have been obvious long before now. Yet that is exactly what the Legislature included in Act 46, the school consolidation bill, in 2015. (It then repealed that provision in 2016.) And that is exactly what the House Education Committee is proposing again this year. The committee voted on Friday to introduce a committee bill (H.509).

Vermont Arts Council Executive Director Alex Aldrich to step down on April 14

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 2:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Arts Council announced today that Executive Director Alex Aldrich will step down on April 14 after more than 20 years leading the nation’s only nonprofit state arts agency. The board of trustees has begun transition planning as part of the organization’s ongoing strategic planning process. They have hired an interim executive director, Teri Bordenave, who will oversee day-to-day activities as well as assist in a national search for a new executive director.

Howard Center adds Dr Deborah Richter to recovery staff

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Howard Center announced today that Deborah Richter, MD, was recently hired to provide services and supports to those in recovery from alcohol and substance use. The appointment follows the recent closure of Maple Leaf Farm, as Howard Center and other providers seek to provide continuous service for individuals who previously had been enrolled at Maple Leaf. Richter was employed by Maple Leaf Farm and, post-closure, continuously served her clients through a temporary placement at the Vermont Department of Health.

Permanent Fund open nominations Early Educator of the Year Award

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine To recognize excellence in the teaching of Vermont’s young children, the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children announced the third annual Early Educator of the Year Award. In the third year of this award, the Permanent Fund will be accepting nominations for an outstanding home-based child care professional who has demonstrated a commitment to quality early childhood education. 

March 22nd is the first ever SBDC day

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:33pm -- Anonymous

A national celebration and proclamation of the success and impact the SBDC programs have on economic development! Did you know that the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is part of a nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers?  For the first time ever, we are all teaming up to celebrate #SBDCday on March 22, 2017.  America’s SBDC is the largest technical assistance program for small businesses in the country with nearly 1,000 centers providing no-cost advising and low-cost educational workshops for entrepreneurs and business owners. 

Revision Military Newport wins $98 million contract for advanced combat helmet

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In a development with direct implications for future work at Revision Military Newport, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) announced today that the US Army awarded Revision Military a contract for as much as $98 million to produce the next generation of combat helmets for soldiers. The announcement follows an intense competition for the project. 

Norwich receives $20,000 from Olmsted Foundation to send students to Israel to study conflict

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has received $20,000 from the Olmsted Foundation to send 10 students along with Peace and War Center Director Professor Travis Morris to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, for two weeks in May for cultural immersion and to study the conflict there firsthand. The trip is organized and planned by the students, who are all cadets on track to commission into the US military. The Olmsted Foundation provides opportunities for US military officers to travel for cultural immersion to enhance the American military.

Joint statement of Leahy, Sanders and Welch on ICE enforcement actions In Vermont

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:23am -- tim

Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, Representative Welch We have expressed our serious concerns to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about these arrests of several farmworkers and farmworker advocates.  We are also reaching out to ICE about the potential impact in Vermont of President Trump’s executive order calling for increased immigration enforcement.  Instead of focusing on removing those people who pose a threat to public safety or national security, the Trump Administration is targeting all undocumented persons, including the people that help keep our dairy farms and rural economy afloat.   

UVM study links opioid abuse to childhood emotional trauma

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A study by researchers at the University of Vermont has revealed a link between adult opioid misuse and childhood emotional abuse, a new finding that suggests a rethinking of treatment approaches for opioid abusers. To uncover the link to emotional abuse, the study, published in the current issue of Addictive Behaviors, analyzed and cross referenced the results of a series of psychological tests administered to a sample of 84 individuals with a history of problem opioid use who had also suffered trauma during their lives.