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Welch today kicks off statewide tour highlighting impact of Trump budget on Vermonters

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 10:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine TODAY, Monday, April 10, 2017, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) will kick off a two week statewide tour to hear from Vermonters about the impact of President Trump’s budget on their lives and communities. Throughout the tour, he will hold press conferences, convene roundtables, and conduct a town hall-style meeting.

MONDAY, April 10, 2017

11:15am               Press conference on the impact of Head Start budget cuts

                                Sara Holbrook Community Center                             

Burlington named a Top 50 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 7:01am -- tim

Annual list with Entrepreneur magazine focused on best places to live and work

Vermont Business Magazine has released its second annual Best Cities for Entrepreneurs list created in partnership with Entrepreneur magazine. Burlington ranked Number 12 on the list, with Alexandria, VA, topping the list. The new rankings combined Livability’s economic development experts and data scientists, who worked in tandem to rank small to mid-size cities across the US on what makes the best places for entrepreneurs to start a business and find quality of life.

Mike Smith: Parting words

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 5:21am -- tim

by Mike Smith This will be my last column for the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. I am not giving up on writing a weekly column, just changing venues, but this column is neither the time nor the place to talk about that. Instead, I want to write about how grateful I am to those that gave me the opportunity to write for two newspapers that are rich in tradition and talent. Also, I want to express my thanks to the readers of my column.

Highest property tax rates in New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, New Hampshire, Vermont

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 4:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont has the fifth highest effective property tax rate in the nation, according to a national survey. ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation's largest fused property database, has released a 2016 property tax analysis for more than 84 million US single family homes, which shows that property taxes levied on single family homes in 2016 totaled $277.7 billion, an average of $3,296 per home and an effective tax rate of 1.15 percent. Vermont (2.02 percent) and New Hampshire (2.03 percent) had rates that were nearly double.

Leonine: April showers bring May adjournment

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 11:20am -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs If there was any doubt the 2017 legislative session is getting close to adjournment, those doubts were put to rest by the end of the week. The committees attempted to deal with bills quickly so any unforeseen contentiousness could be handled in the next two weeks. It appears the session will likely adjourn by May 6th leaving only a few weeks to get agreement between the House and Senate on a number of policy issues.  

Schubart: Are we losing our way in Vermont as well? Our ethics crisis

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 5:32am -- tim

by Bill Schubart The Legislature is at an impasse trying to decide whether to establish and adequately fund a statewide ethics commission that has real enforcement capability. There’s been considerable favorable testimony by Vermonters, ethicists and our secretary of state, Jim Condos, who has been a relentless champion of government transparency, inclusion and establishing such a commission.

Holcombe: School mergers leading to improved choices and options, greater affordability

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 4:50am -- tim

by Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary of Education When the towns of Bethel, Rochester and Royalton started to talk about how to move forward under Act 46, one of the first things they did was ask students what they wanted for their high school experience. The answer was loud and clear: more peers, greater depth and breadth of academic opportunities, and more extracurricular activities.  Community members wanted the same, but they also worried about affordability.

New forestry from old growth, better for carbon

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 11:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New results from a 15-year study on Mount Mansfield and at the University of Vermont's research forest come to a surprising conclusion: Imitating old-growth forests enhances carbon storage in managed forestland far better than conventional forestry techniques. As the planet warms, carbon markets are getting hot too. Forest landowners have been looking for ways to enter these markets, making money from their commercial timberland not just by selling logs—but also by demonstrating that their land is absorbing climate-warming carbon dioxide from the air.

AllEarth pays $4 million for commuter rail cars

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 4:10pm -- tim

by C.B. Hall Vermont Business Magazine AllEarth Rail, an affiliate of Williston-based solar manufacturer AllEarth Renewables, has announced its purchase of 12 vintage rail coaches to be used in launching a commuter rail service in northwestern Vermont. AllEarth Rail president David Blittersdorf, who is also CEO of AllEarth Renewables, said that Texas's Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) had awarded AllEarth Rail a contract for purchase of the cars after it won a bid for the equipment over three other parties.

Senators demand fair treatment of student loan borrowers in public service

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 3:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) joined a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos led by Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and sent by a total of 36 senators. The letter expresses concern over announcements that borrowers may not be able to rely on notices they have previously received about their eligibility for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).

Vermont opposes president’s efforts to stall energy efficiency standards

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 1:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced that the State of Vermont joined two multi-state actions to force the US Department of Energy (DOE) to finalize energy conservation standards for several consumer and commercial products. Efficiency standards are crucial for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving money for consumers. The standards apply to items such as ceiling fans, portable air conditioners, walk-in coolers and commercial boilers.