Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) will host a live streamed town hall tonight in Washington at 7 pm to address the enormous disparity between the wealth of corporate executives and the wages and treatment of the companies’ workers. Sanders will be joined by workers from Amazon, Disney, McDonald’s, American Airlines and Walmart, and he has invited the CEO of each company to attend.
Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the Attorney General announced today that it has concluded its investigation of the Brattleboro Retreat related to allegations of improper Medicaid claims, finding no criminal misconduct. Other investigating agencies, including the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO), reached the same conclusion. The AGO’s investigation was conducted by its Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit after receiving a referral from the Vermont State Auditor.
by Joyce Marcel There are beers. There are unicorns. There are unicorn beers. Less well known are unicorn breweries — they make the unicorn beers. Perhaps the best-known is Vermont's own The Alchemist, which makes Heady Topper, an unfiltered double India pale ale (IPA) with an 8 percent alcoholic kick and enough hops to make the inside of your mouth feel like someone's been playing a bass drum back there. (It has a sister IPA named Focal Banger that tastes like the whole marching band went through your mouth. On horseback.)
by CB Hall How much can malted grain, hops, water and a bit of yeast do for a little state's economy? Vermont's breweries numbered 58 at press time, by VBM's count, and the growth in Green Mountain State brewing continues at its almost frantic pace. It makes one wonder if beer has supplanted maple syrup as the state's trademark liquid, but it also makes one ask: How long can the boom keep booming?
Fuse, Burlington, Vermont In the past decade, there have been frequent reports about the decline in sports participation. But in a reverse of that trend, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) recently revealed sport participation is growing again. While the SFIA study details what participants are playing, we thought it important to understand why the growth is occurring, so in June 2018 Fuse surveyed 2,000 US teens to find out.
by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center is preparing to get back to a regular work schedule Saturday morning after a nursing strike sent about 1,700 union members to the picket line for 48 hours starting Thursday at 7 am. This is the first nurses strike in the hospital's history.
Nurses were scheduled to strike during what would be their usual shifts. Of the 1,800 unionized nurses, 93 elected to go to work on Friday, a few more than the hospital reported came to work on the first day of the strike.
Senator Bernie Sanders: "The indictments announced today by the Justice Department confirm once again that Russia interfered in our elections to benefit Donald Trump. The fact that these indictments name 12 members of Russia’s military intelligence service strongly suggests that the interference was directed from the highest levels of the Russian government."
Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters and others who purchased tickets to a concert gone wrong will be eligible for refunds. The Office of Attorney General TJ Donovan has resolved its investigation of Shrinedom 2017, a rock festival that was supposed to take place on Saturday, September 16, 2017, in Irasburg. Seven bands were contracted to play, including local bands and national acts Vince Neil, Slaughter, Warrant, Lita Ford and Firehouse. On the day of the festival, the organizers had not sold enough tickets to pay the national bands, who did not perform.
Vermont Business Magazine It’s not every day one gets the chance to weigh in on a multi-million dollar budget. This month, the Clean Water Board is asking Vermonters to do just that. Public ideas and feedback on how to prioritize the $19 million in clean water funds will help the Clean Water Board develop the Clean Water Fund budget for 2020. The easiest way to participate in the conversation is to take the Board’s 9-question survey, available online or by mail. The board is accepting comments through July 31.
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell again last week after a brief spike, caused by the seasonal reduction in school bus drivers. For the week of June 30, 2018, there were 470 claims, 140 fewer than than they were the previous week, and 143 fewer than they were a year ago. Altogether 3,770 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 35 from a week ago, and 485 fewer than a year ago. For most weeks of 2017 and 2018 claims have been below the year before.
Senator Patrick Leahy: An indictment charging 12 Russian intelligence officers with conspiring to interfere with our presidential election is no witch hunt. I agree with Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein that as Americans we must stand together against any and all foreign interference in our democracy.
Vermont Business Magazine Ten families from New York to California have been selected as finalists in GMP’s Rutland Innovation Home Contest – and one will win a cutting-edge, super-efficient home in the next several weeks.