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Bipartisan NOPEC bill backed by Leahy is OK'd by Senate Judiciary

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 3:57pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Bipartisan legislation backed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to crack down on anticompetitive behavior by foreign oil producing nations advanced Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The bill now goes to the full Senate.

The No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act, or NOPEC, will let the federal government take action against price fixing by OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, and its partner nations. The bill is sponsored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and cosponsored by Leahy and by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).  Their bill was approved in a strong vote of 17 to 4.  Leahy, a former chair and ranking member of the committee, led in developing and introducing earlier versions of the bill.

VDH: COVID cases down to over 300

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 3:53pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 345 cases of COVID-19 for Wednesday. There were 504 on Tuesday, 304 on Monday, 98 on Sunday, 294 cases on Saturday, 323 on Friday and 417 on Thursday. Cases have edged up in recent weeks, especially in Bennington and Washington counties, and grew 5 percent in the last week (2,317 new cases, 318 more cases compared to last week).

Attorney General T.J. Donovan will not seek reelection

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 3:18pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Today Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced his plans for the 2022 campaign cycle by issuing the following statement:

“I will not seek reelection as Attorney General in 2022. I have wrestled with this decision for the past few months and it feels like the right choice. After nearly sixteen years as an elected official (19 years in public service), it is time to take a break from the political world and pursue other opportunities.

North Hero-Grand Isle drawbridge update

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 2:48pm -- katie
Vermont Business Magazine US Route 2 at the temporary drawbridge is open to two lanes of traffic. The contractor is working during the day from 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Saturday. They are also working a night shift from 5:30 PM to 4:00 AM, Monday through Friday, and 3:00 PM to midnight on Saturdays. Night work is planned to continue through May 15th.

Vermonters turn in nearly 3.5 tons of unneeded medication on Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 12:55pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters turned in almost 3.5 tons of unused, unwanted and expired medication on the 22nd nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day this past Saturday.

The total of 6,950.1 pounds collected eclipsed every previous Prescription Drug Take Back Day except for the event held in spring 2021.

“The continued success of this program is a testament to how seriously Vermonters take the issue of properly disposing of unused medication, which we know can fuel addiction when treated less carefully,” said Governor Scott. “Getting these drugs out of people’s medicine cabinets is a key element of our prevention strategies, and I thank our local, state and federal partners — and especially every Vermonter who participated — for their determined and ongoing work to address the opioid epidemic.”

Bill to protect Vermont waters passes Senate

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 12:52pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine H.466, a new bill that will help Vermont protect its surface waters, passed second reading in the Vermont Senate today. Its recent passage in both the Vermont House and the Senate represents a significant step toward thoughtful climate-resilient protections for our rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds, while ensuring equitable access for surface water users in the future.

EPA names Efficiency Vermont ‘Partner of the Year’

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 12:49pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Efficiency Vermont is honored to receive the 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

2021 was a year of recovery and transformation for Vermont. As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to disrupt lives, Efficiency Vermont maintained a focus on the hardest hit sectors of the economy. Energy-saving programs helped Vermonters and businesses lower costs, build resilience, and reduce carbon emissions.

Vermont, New Hampshire, and Minnesota have best coworkers

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 12:48pm -- katie

​Vermont Business Magazine As more employees head back to the office and some consider a job transfer, CapRelo, a global employee relocation and assignment management firm serving private and public sector clients, recently commissioned a survey about what makes a great coworker. The top trait of a great coworker is being collaborative.

“We were curious about the connection between colleagues—especially as more are going back into the workplace and juggling a hybrid work environment,” explained Barry Morris, CEO, CapRelo. “Not surprisingly, we learned that working together with coworkers is very important. The results underscore the importance of work culture, and for those embarking upon a relocation for work, understanding how coworkers interact helps integrate into a productive environment faster.”

Springfield Area CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund approves $265,000 in financing for area businesses

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 9:25am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Springfield Regional Development Corporation (SRDC) has announced the approval of $265,000 in financing for four area companies through the Springfield Area CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund.  The Fund is the result of a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and is intended to assist businesses with recovery or growth needs stemming from the pandemic.

Champlain College to celebrate Class of 2022 with return to in-person Commencement

Thu, 05/05/2022 - 5:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mortarboards will fly once more as Champlain College will hold in-person commencement ceremonies for its traditional undergraduate and Champlain College Online undergraduate and graduate students on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Champlain will award honorary doctorates to commencement speakers Aly Richards, chief executive officer of Let’s Grow Kids, and nationally renowned journalist and author Garrett Graff. The ceremonies will also feature student speakers Izzy Bell and Paula Realbuto. Hilary Delisle, a Champlain College staff member and alumna, will sing the national anthem. The events will take place at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, at 10 am for traditional undergraduate students and 3 pm for students receiving Champlain College Online undergraduate and master’s degrees.