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McClaughry: Seizing the teacher health insurance opportunity

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 8:21am -- tim

by John McClaughry The sudden political struggle over health insurance for unionized teachers isn’t over but some useful lessons are emerging. This struggle was triggered by a provision of ObamaCare called “the Cadillac tax”. Starting in 2018, plans with premiums of over $10,800 a year for individuals and $29,500 for families will face a crushing 40% tax on those premiums.

Attorney General Donovan joins bipartisan group opposing elimination of funding for legal services

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:39pm -- katie

 

Vermont Business Magazine Highlighting the need for legal services in rural and low-income communities across the country, Attorney General Donovan today joined a bipartisan group of 32 attorneys general in urging Congress to oppose the Trump Administration’s proposal to eliminate federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).

Castleton hosts 2017 Commencement Ceremony

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:34pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The second graduating class of Castleton University passed across the stage at its 230th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, bringing to close the 2016-17 academic year. Governor Phil Scott addressed the more than 3,500 guests in attendance and thousands more streaming the ceremony live online. Scott urged the graduates to understand that the best, is yet to come.

Sanders responds to Trump's budget

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:31pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) responded to President Donald Trump's budget at a press conference Tuesday. See below for a full transcript and click here to watch the speech.

This Budget Is Immoral

"This is a budget that is immoral and that will cause an enormous amount of pain for the most vulnerable people in our nation.

BioTek Instruments completes major site expansion

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 2:02pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine BioTek Instruments celebrated the completion of a $4.5 million facility expansion and renovation during a company-wide event on Thursday, May 18. The 22,000 square foot expansion is already supporting the Company’s rapid growth. While many departments are benefitting from the additional space, the Company’s manufacturing area is most notably affected, growing by 33%. The project also includes a new 1,400 square foot training facility for the Company’s new and existing employees.

ShamRockin’ for a Cure VT raises $34,400 for the party with a purpose legacy for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:47am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Recently, Jon and Pam Baker of Roswell, Ga. celebrated a moment they were not sure would ever come. Their sons, Gavin and Jake Baker took their first dose of Orkambi, a drug recently approved by the FDA to help control their cystic fibrosis. At this “First Dose Party,” the Bakers were surrounded by hundreds of family and friends that helped make this special drug possible. 

People's United Community Foundation awards $20K to the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 9:43am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced that it has awarded $20,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington for their Early Promise program.

The Early Promise program encompasses a wide range of academic components that help Club members be successful in school and prepare them for education beyond high school. The program serves 175 young people each day through a total of ten different learning opportunities.

Scientists discover electrical 'switch' in brain's capillary network

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 6:54am -- tim

by Jennifer Nachbur University of Vermont All it takes is the flip of a protein “switch” within the tiny wire-like capillaries of the brain to increase the blood flow that ensures optimal brain function. New research has uncovered that capillaries have the capacity to both sense brain activity and generate an electrical vasodilatory signal to evoke blood flow and direct nutrients to nourish hard-working neurons.

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