Senator Patrick Leahy This is a debate about the Women’s Health Protection Act. Protecting women’s health. Protecting half America’s population in their right to seek the health care they require. Protecting their ability, half of America, to make decisions about their own bodies. How is this a question even up for debate? Today the Senate considers the Women’s Health Protection Act. A woman’s right to make choices about her own body is a constitutional right. It was affirmed by the Supreme Court nearly 50 years ago. Polling – as if that should be the benchmark by which we legislate – shows that nearly two-out-of-three Americans believe the fundamental right established in 1973’s Roe vs. Wade should be upheld. Yet here we are today – a body of 100, 76 percent of which are male – making decisions about the private lives of the nearly 168 million women in this country. That’s ludicrous.
Vermont Business Magazine Paul Cillo, founding Executive Director and President of the Public Assets Institute, is stepping down, the organization’s Board of Directors announced today. Cillo has led the think tank, which focuses on advancing racial, social, and economic justice, for 19 years. Cillo’s significant contributions to public policy work span more than 40 years, as a local and state political representative and a consultant on education finance, tax and budget policy, health care, and energy efficiency. He represented Hardwick, Walden, and Stannard in the Vermont House of Representatives for 10 years, serving four years on the tax-writing Ways & Means Committee and four as Majority Leader.
Vermont Business Magazine Today, Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah F George announced her re-election bid for 2022. Sarah has served as the State’s Attorney for Chittenden County since January 2017 after Governor Phil Scott appointed her to the position. In 2018 she won the election with 99.1% of the vote. George had been considered a possible candidate for the now open position of attorney general, as TJ Donovan recently announced he would not seek reelection. George will have at least one Democratic primary challenger, as Ted Kenney from Williston announced his candidacy Tuesday.
Vermont Business Magazine Barton Village voters elected not to sell Barton Electric to Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) in an Australian ballot vote on Tuesday, 100-48. The decision allows Barton Village to continue owning and operating the electric utility that serves more than 2,000 customers in Barton, Brownington, Charleston, Irasburg, and Westmore. Barton Village Trustees first announced their recommendation to sell the electric utility to VEC in March. Two informational meetings were held prior to the vote on May 10.
Department of Fish & Wildlife Through interviews and scene processing it was determined that a 14-year-old juvenile was hunting with his father in Hartford. The juvenile had shot and wounded a turkey which resulted in the juvenile and his father splitting up to attempt to locate it. The juvenile’s father was attempting to shoot the wounded turkey and shot the juvenile. The father transported the juvenile to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where he was treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
by Katie Harris, Vermont AFL-CIO Chair of The Women & Gender Equity Committee Let us make no mistake… The Supreme Court’s attack on a person’s right to control their own body is an attack on workers rights. We, as working women, are not machines to be regulated by men regardless of their status within the halls of power. Just as we reject the notion of the worker devoid of agency, as a tool of capital, we also reject the subjugation of any body with a uterus by the elitist patriarchy. As women and as workers we must not now nor ever take even one step back from our hard earned rights without total resistance. As the Chairwoman of the Vermont AFL-CIO’s Woman & Gender Equity Committee, I vehemently denounce the US Supreme Court’s intent to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Representative Heidi E Scheuermann As my eighth legislative session serving the people of Stowe comes to a close, I am announcing my intention to not seek reelection to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2022. This decision was not an easy one and is bittersweet, but it is the right one. It has been my privilege and my most sincere honor to serve the people of my hometown for the last 16 years. Growing up in Stowe, I never imagined such a tremendous opportunity, and have been so grateful for the support of my friends and neighbors throughout these years. It is difficult to look back at everything through the course of my 16 years, but I can say I very proud of my work to expand economic opportunities for all, to support our private sector by encouraging job and wage growth, and to ensure our most vulnerable Vermonters have the critical supports they need.
Vermont Business Magazine Nothing is more powerful than love, especially when it’s given away. On Wednesday, May 4, Rutland Subaru donated more than $ 6,600 from the 2021 Subaru Share the Love® event to support palliative care services at Rutland Regional Medical Center. As part of the Share the Love event, Subaru donated $250 for every new Subaru sold between November 15 and January 2.
Vermont Business Magazine KEEN Utility, the work boot division of KEEN Inc. (KEEN), launched the She Builds Grant Program to champion the next generation of tradeswomen. The program pledges $1M in much needed product and financial support over the next five years to trailblazing nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada dedicated to the empowerment and education of women seeking a career in the skilled trades. KEEN Utility announced the 2022 She Builds grants, selected by KEEN Utility and their fans, will go to Black Women Build-Baltimore, Girl's Garage, Vermont Works for Women, Oregon Tradeswomen, and British Columbia Institute of Technology's Trades Discovery for Women.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Creamery, B Corp Certified makers of consciously crafted artisanal cheese and butter, today answered consumers' call for a sweet, indulgent snack made from clean, high-quality ingredients with the release of Strawberry Spritz, the first dessert-inspired goat cheese from the #1 nationwide brand of fresh goat cheese. This new flavor is available now at Murray's Cheese and retails for $6, and is coming soon to grocery shelves nationwide.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Legislature on Monday gave final approval, via voice vote, to the Universal School Meals Act, S.100. The bill requires all Vermont students to have access to two meals per day during the 2022-23 school year. During the past two years, the federal government paid for meals for all students through pandemic waivers — this program expires in June, and without state action, 40,000 children could lose access to school meals this fall. If S.100 is enacted, the state will provide reimbursement to schools on top of regular (non-pandemic) federal funding provided for Universal School Meals. The Joint Fiscal Office estimates the one-year cost at about $29 million based on a range of factors. It could be lower or higher.
Vermont Business Magazine Rutland Regional Medical Center has once again received an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, this time for the Spring 2022 grading period, and remains the only hospital in Vermont to receive this grade. The “A” grade is a national distinction recognizing Rutland Regional’s achievements in protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.