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News in Brief, August 2021: Pandemic UI ends, third vaccine, PI revenues down

Sun, 09/12/2021 - 2:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s tax revenues for July 2021 (General, Education, and Transportation Fund) have come in above target. However, the Personal Income tax, the state's most important General Fund revenue source, was below its target. The PI had been leading the way in Vermont’s revenue surplus over the last two years. Young indicated that while it’s too early to tell (July is the first month of the 2022 fiscal year), the PI is typically a reliable economic indicator.

VDH: Cases increase to 141 with another death, breakthroughs become more common

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 2:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 141 new cases of COVID-19 and another death, which now stand at 284 statewide. Cases increased by 18 from the revised Thursday report (123). There are 30 people hospitalized and 9 in the ICU. Hospitalizations have remained relatively high but steady the last few weeks. According to the VDH, to date there have been 51 hospitalizations and 18 deaths among the 1,906 cases of vaccine breakthrough. 

FCC expands Emergency Broadband Benefit program eligibility

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 2:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On September 8, 2021, the FCC announced that households with a member approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program --- including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision --- in the current 2021-2022 school year are also eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB). This expands on the original program eligibility rules that included the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.   

Governor Scott issues Patriot Day Proclamation for 9/11

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 2:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As America reflects on the twentieth anniversary the September 11th attacks on our nation, Governor Phil Scott today issued a proclamation declaring Saturday Patriot Day in Vermont. He urged Vermonters to recapture the spirit of unity we felt 20 years ago by displaying the American flag across the state, like so many did following the attacks two decades ago.

Vermont Climate Council launches events to gather feedback for state Climate Action Plan

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 2:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine From hotter days to more frequent and intense storms, Vermont’s climate patterns are clearly shifting and impacting our state. This fall, state officials, local leaders and members of the Vermont Climate Council invite the public to attend one of several events to learn about the development of the state’s Climate Action Plan and help prioritize approaches.

Harpoon celebrates the end of summer with craft beer, BBQ, and buttoned-up flannels

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 2:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Summer may be coming to an end, but that just means it’s time to gear up for Fall celebrations that offer great beer and even better company! Returning this year to Windsor, Vermont, are two Harpoon fan favorites: Harpoon BBQ Festival and the Harpoon Flannel 5K.

Late night crash in Sheldon leaves two dead, one critically injured

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 10:06am -- tim

Vermont State Police On Friday 9/10/2021 at approximately 0136 hours Troopers from the St Albans State Police Barracks responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Rt 105 in Sheldon. When first responders arrived on scene, they found 2 occupants of the vehicle deceased and another occupant in critical  condition. Members of the Vermont State Police Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation.

Tri-Park hires M&S Development to obtain funding for urgent infrastructure projects

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 9:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Tri-Park Cooperative Housing Corporation in Brattleboro has hired M&S Development LLC to address complex infrastructure projects at Vermont's largest privately-owned mobile home park. M&S will also provide residents living in flood-prone areas with options for relocation. The housing cooperative provides affordable housing to predominantly low and moderate-income residents. The parks were established in 1965 as a private development and later incorporated as a cooperative in 1989. 

State distributes $4.6 million in federal funds to enhance and expand mental health services

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 9:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A range of new and strengthened services will make getting help easier as the Department of Mental Health (DMH) provides $4.6 million in federal funds to local mental health and other service agencies across the state. These funds are available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021.

Experts, college community to explore complexities of the climate crisis

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 6:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine What can any of us, especially college students, do to make an impact on climate change—a worldwide issue that grows more intense with every new hurricane and fire? "Radical Implications: Facing a Planetary Emergency," the 2021 Clifford Symposium at Middlebury College from September 23 to 25, will bring together a host of climate experts, as well as faculty and students, who will offer their perspectives on what roles we can take in the crisis that makes our planet increasingly turbulent. Events will include talks, panel discussions, a reunion, and other activities.