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Regulator orders investigation of Vermont Gas into pipeline depth

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:23pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Public Utility Commission today opened an investigation into whether Vermont Gas Systems violated its 2013 permit by burying its pipeline at a depth of less than 4 feet in 18 locations in New Haven. The company's Certificate of Public Good (CPG), issued on December 23, 2013, authorized the construction of the pipeline from Chittenden County to Addison County and required that the pipeline be buried at least 4 feet deep within electric transmission corridors for safety reasons.

Weekly unemployment claims increase again

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 12:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims continued their summer-long, steady increase in claims. Claims typically remain low during the summer at around 500. Claims spiked two weeks ago and then again three weeks ago and have been on the rise since the beginning of June and are higher than they were the same time last year; previously claims were generally lower for most weeks in 2017. For the week of July 8, 2017, there were 613 claims, up 56 from the previous week's total and 73 more than than they were a year ago. As expected, by industry, Services reported the most claims (46 percent of the total). But manufacturing saw an increase, tripling its claims to about 180, or 29 percent of the total, or more than the change from the previous week.

Condos inducted as president-elect of NASS

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Monday, July 10 Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was chosen by a bi-partisan group of his peers as President-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) at the Summer Conference in Indianapolis. NASS serves as a medium for Secretaries across the country to share ideas and best practices in the development of public policy as it relates to elections and voting, business services and policy relating to state archival work and records management.

Leahy notches budget panel win for VA funding

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved legislation to fund the Veterans Affairs Administration (VA), staving off “devastating” cuts proposed by the Trump Administration to a facility in Vermont and securing additional resources for Vermont veterans.  It was the first markup session on one of the 12 annual Appropriations bills that fund the government to be co-led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in his new role as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Unpermitted, polluting Tunbridge salvage yard fined $25,000

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 6:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources announced Thursday that Blakeman’s Towing and Recovery, an automotive towing and recovery business located in Tunbridge, was fined $25,000 for operating in violation of state salvage yard and land use laws, and hazardous waste management regulations. Salvage yards provide important waste management services to Vermonters by reusing and recycling a range of materials from automobiles and scrap metal to hazardous waste like battery acid and vehicle fluids.

NEFCU donates $2,500 to Williston Community Food Shelf

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 3:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) recently donated $2500 to the Williston Community Food Shelf (WCFS) for the Summer Bag Program. The donation will cover all the expenses to provide two additional bags of “kid friendly” food per month to families with children during summer vacation. The extra bags of food are meant to help bridge the gap created when free breakfast and lunch programs available at the schools become unavailable during the summer.

Leahy reacts to latest Senate health care bill

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:01pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy Senate Trumpcare 2.0 is just as bad as earlier versions and in some ways is worse. This remains a stumbling, shameful and craven exercise to pass a tax bill in the guise of a health care bill.  The ‘mean’ House bill the President described keeps getting meaner.  Lost to many in the White House and on Capitol Hill is the fact that these are decisions that literally mean health or illness and life or death to countless people.

Kinney Drugs Foundation donates $250,000 to UVMMC inpatient building

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 3:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Kinney Drugs Foundation is donating $250,000 to provide supportive spaces for families in the Robert E and Holly D Miller Building at the University of Vermont Medical Center, which will contain 128 new single-patient rooms. Completion of the building is expected in the Fall of 2019. Patients in the Miller Building will experience enhanced quality of care due to the privacy, space for families, and healing environment single-bed rooms provide. Studies show that facilities designed with the needs of patients and families in mind result in better outcomes and a better experience overall. Currently, only thirty percent of patient rooms at the UVM Medical Center have one bed.

Sanders statement on revised health care bill

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement Thursday after Senate Republicans released the revised version of their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act: "The revised Republican 'health care' plan is an absolute disaster that will inflict severe economic pain on millions of Americans. That is why it is opposed by virtually every major health care organization in this country – by doctors, nurses and hospital administrators.

Senate Appropriations rejects $1.6 billion amendment for veterans

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday offered a $1.6 billion amendment that would have supported the health care of thousands of veterans across the country and bolstered the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The amendment, which was offered by Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), was rejected in Committee by a vote of 15 to 16.