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VDH: COVID cases still high, 3 deaths for 642

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 5:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 386 cases of COVID-19 for Thursday (345 Wednesday). VDH also reported three additional deaths from the virus. The total death toll is now 642 lives lost. These are the first fatalities reported in May. Nearly all the recent deaths have been of people of at least 70. More than half of all deaths have been of Vermonters 80 or over.

Efficiency Vermont among winners of 2022 ENERGY STAR Awards

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 2:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are announcing the winners of the 2022 ENERGY STAR Awards. These 210 organizations, which represent the top ENERGY STAR partners, are making important contributions in support of America’s clean energy transition. They come from 37 states and span nearly every sector of the economy, including Fortune 500 companies, schools, retailers, manufacturers, home builders, and commercial building owners and operators across the United States. In New England, 13 organizations across four of the states are leading the way in support of America’s clean energy transition.

Legislature passes bill to protect biodiversity and support climate resilience

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 2:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Senate passed legislation to protect biodiversity and improve climate resilience (H.606). The bill passed on a unanimous voice vote. The bill now heads to the Governor for his signature. This policy was a recommendation of the state’s Climate Action Plan, adopted in December 2021. This bill calls for the creation of a statewide conservation plan that identifies a full range of conservation approaches to employ. Working with stakeholders from private landowners to land trusts, working land businesses, and the public at-large, the Agency of Natural Resources will be responsible for determining the tools, programs, and mechanisms needed to advance the conservation of 30% of our land by 2030 and 50% by 2050.

Legislators issue resounding override of pension veto

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 1:11pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House today reaffirmed its overwhelming support of the Legislature’s pension reform package by voting to override Governor Phil Scott’s veto two days after the Senate’s own unanimous override vote. The governor had anticipated the override but vetoed the plan May 2 "on principle" because it did not include an option for new employees to select an investment-type retirement plan like a 401(k) and because it did not sufficiently address a several-billion-dollar unfunded retirement obligation. He called the bill a "Band-Aid." Despite that, the bill passed without a single "nay" vote.

Families of eligible children will get food benefit to help make up for missed meals

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 1:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The federal government has authorized the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) and Agency of Education (AOE) to provide a temporary food benefit to preK-12 students who would normally receive free or reduced-price meals at school. These benefits, called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT, are provided to students who missed meals at school due to COVID-19. Benefits are $39.90 each month for an eligible student who had at least one COVID-19-related absence. Approximately $3.6 million in benefits will be issued to 22,238 Vermont households for September 2021 through January 2022. This covers 33,234 students.

Montpelier Mayor Anne Watson to run for state Senate

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 1:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Anne Watson, currently serving as the Mayor of Montpelier, announced today that she is running for the Vermont Senate to represent the Washington Senate District in the 2022 Democratic primary election, to be held on August 9th. This announcement comes shortly after current Washington County Senator, Anthony Pollina, made it known publicly that he will not seek re-election.

Secretary of State Condos issues statement on National Nurses Day

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 12:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos praised Vermont nurses on this year’s National Nurses Day. “Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system; they provide compassionate care to us and our loved ones in our times of greatest need,” said Condos. “The past two-plus years have demonstrated the essential role nurses play in caring for our communities, whether in our homes or health care systems, schools, or clinics. We are indebted to, and grateful for, the nurses who provide exceptional care and comfort to Vermont citizens. They truly make a difference in our lives.”

Seven Days wins 23 first-place awards in regional media competition

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 11:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly based in Burlington, won 23 first-place awards in this year’s New England Better Newspaper Competition — including top honors in investigative, climate change and religious issue reporting, and the prize for general excellence. Staff writer Chelsea Edgar received the top reporting prize for all weekly newspapers in the region: Reporter of the Year. The contest is organized by the New England Newspaper & Press Association; winners were announced at NENPA’s annual convention in Boston on April 30. This competition is the largest and most comprehensive journalism recognition program in New England. 

Pieciak to run for state treasurer

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 11:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In an email to supporters today, former Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak of Winooski declared his candidacy for the office of Vermont Treasurer. Current Treasurer Beth Pearce announced on Wednesday that she would not seek reelection because of health concerns. Pieciak has served as DFR Commissioner in both the Shumlin and Scott Administrations. VermontBiz obtained a copy of the email this morning. He has played a prominent role in the investigation of the EB-5 fraud centered at Jay Peak Resort and in the state's COVID-19 response. Pieciak has been a regular participant in Governor Phil Scott's press conferences and presented the state's COVID-19 data modeling.

Common Good Vermont announces 2022 Vermont Nonprofit Wages & Benefits Survey 

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 7:03am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Common Good Vermont is pleased to announce the Vermont launch of the 2022 Survey on Nonprofit Wages and Benefits in Northern New England. The survey is conducted every two years in partnership with the Maine Association of Nonprofits and the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits and is used to produce an annual report that tells an important and deeply informative story about nonprofit employment in Vermont and northern New England.   

Vermont Secretary of State officials attend regional election cybersecurity conference

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 3:58pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announced that Deputy Secretary of State Chris Winters and members of his elections division attended a two-day regional conference on election cybersecurity and preparedness alongside other New England colleagues and federal partners led by the Depart of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS CISA).