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Rep. Welch and Sen. Warren move to cap drug copays

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 3:17pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), joined by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), introduced legislation today that would cut prescription drug costs for families by placing a monthly cap on their out-of-pocket drug costs.  The Capping Prescription Drugs Act of 2018 comes as more than a quarter of Americans are struggling to afford their medicine.  

Champlain Valley Dispensary brings pain relief to South Burlington

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 3:15pm -- katie

Burlington area medical cannabis patients now have easier access to alternative pain relief with the opening of Champlain Valley Dispensary’s (CVD) first satellite location at 2 Green Tree Drive in South Burlington.

The new dispensary has ample parking and is patient comfort focused with nearly 3,000 square feet of retail space including three separate consultations stations.

“While our waterfront dispensary is uniquely positioned, we wanted to create easier access for our patients who live and work outside the downtown area, many of whom find travel to be challenging. This new South Burlington dispensary provides that and the feedback from our pa- tients confirms our decision,” said Shayne Lynn, CVD Chief Executive Officer.

PAI: The property tax is what’s wrong with school taxes

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 12:04pm -- tim

by Jack Hoffman, Public Assets Institute It was a messy finish to a messy legislative session, but Vermonters can take some comfort that no permanent damage was done to the state education funding system. It’s disappointing that the governor insisted on another year of pretend budgeting—using one-time revenue again to artificially lower property tax rates. But, hey, worse ideas were floated this year, and it does buy the Legislature and the administration some time. The ploy will be worth it if they use the next six months to give Vermonters what they want: a school funding system that’s much easier to understand and one that’s based on their ability to pay—that is, their income.

Rock of Ages owner buys famous French limestone quarries

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The parent company of Barre's Rock of Ages, Polycor Inc of Quebec, announced today the acquisition of four famous limestone quarries located in Burgundy, France, previously belonging to Rocamat. The French quarries have been used for centuries to build landmarks across Europe. 

Vermont-based Swenson Granite and Rock of Ages are part of the Polycor family of brands. As a result of this acquisition, local Rock of Ages customers will now have access to this heritage French limestone along with the American granites.

Over $30,000 raised to support hospice at CVHHH

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 2:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With the support of individuals and area businesses, Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH) raised over $30,000 to support its Hospice program at its annual golf tournament. Twenty-one teams gathered on Wednesday, June 20 at the Country Club of Barre for a  day of golf, a silent auction, a Red Sox raffle, and a barbecue dinner provided by a top sponsor, New England Excess Exchange.

Hospital prepares for strike as talks continue

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 4:01pm -- tim

UPDATE: No agreement was reached Tuesday night and talks will resume later Wednesday to avert a Thursday strike.

Vermont Business Magazine On Tuesday afternoon, UVM Medical Center president Eileen Whalen was joined by clinical and operations leaders to outline plans to ensure continued high-quality patient care in the event of a strike. The union representing the hospital’s nurses has announced its intention to strike for 48 hours starting on Thursday, July 12 at 7 am if an agreement is not reached on a new three-year contract. Talks will continue this evening in an effort to avert a strike. The nurses union, according to Local22 & Local44 news, has offered a one-year solution to get past the present deadlock.

John Burton retiring from NPI

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 3:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine NPI Technology Management announced today that John Burton, cofounder and president of NPI, will retire in 2018, remaining with NPI in an advisory role. In a statement to employees and clients, Eric Hart, NPIs CEO, said, “John is an outstanding leader who shepherded the company through the journey to become the technology management partner and advisor we are today. His  passion for helping businesses succeed is imprinted in every aspect of our work.”

State expands PFAs testing plan to include 10 schools in pilot project

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 3:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health has updated its health advisory for drinking water of 20 parts per trillion (ppt) to cover five per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are a large group of human-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s. Exposure to certain PFAS may affect different systems in the human body.