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Speaker decides against capital gains tax increase

Thu, 03/20/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Speaker decides against capital gains tax increase

Democratic House speaker Gaye Symington disapproved any steps towards changing the current exemption from taxation that Vermont allows on the first 40 percent of taxpayers capital gains. Symington explained her decision was due to the growing uncertainty in the financial world, and asked the House Ways and Means Committee to find an extra $3 million to $5 million in state revenues without enforcing a new tax fee.

Majority of Vermonters Favor Four-Year Term for Governor

Wed, 03/19/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

of Vermonters Favor Four-Year Term for Governor
In testimony March 20, 2008, before the Government Operations
Committee of the Vermont Senate, Charlie Smith,
President of the Snelling Center for Government, presented the findings from 15
months of survey and outreach work on the question of whether Vermonts elected leaders should have
four-year terms of office.  How we choose to be governed is a very
serious matter, Smith said.  Should we place higher value on the

TD Banknorth will change name to TD Commerce Bank

Tue, 03/18/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Following its purchase of it $8.5 billion acquisition of Commerce Bank in New Jersey, announced October 2, 2007, TD Banknorth announced today (March 19, 2008) that it will change its name to TD Commerce Bank. The new entity will give customers access to over 2,000 branches when combined with its Canadian parent Toronto Dominion, making it the seventh-largest network in North America.

IBEW Local 300 Electricians Volunteer at Barre Garden Show

Sun, 03/16/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Barre, Vt. - (March 17, 2008) - The Central Vermont Garden Show recently welcomed electricians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 into the mix.
Seven IBEW Local 300 members volunteered nearly five hours apiece March 12 to help set up tables, chairs, displays and brand new electrical mats for the event. Volunteers included Kyle Brown, John Burditt, Tiffany Copley, Randie Dayton, Steve Edwards, Katy Ramstack and Greg Tessier. Copley, Edwards, Ramstack and Tessier are all central Vermonters.

TD Banknorth Donates $48,000 to Vermont Charities

Thu, 03/13/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

TD Banknorth Donates $48,000 to Vermont Charities
Burlington, VT - TD Banknorth, through the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation, recently donated a total of $48,000 to several charitable organizations across Vermont. The funding will help strengthen Vermont communities through the support of the cultural arts, youth development programs and literacy initiatives.

Governor Douglas pushes for Vermont Yankee safety review

Wed, 03/12/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Urges NRC to Approve Independent Safety Assessment
Montpelier, Vt.March 12, 2008 -- Governor Jim Douglas has called on the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission to support a reliability and safety
assessment-commonly called an Independent Safety Assessment
(ISA)-of the Entergy Vermont Yankee nuclear power station in Vernon.
In a letter to NRC Chairman Dale Klein, Governor Douglas said the
operation of Vermont Yankee is at a critical juncture and events during the