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DPS creates wireless coverage maps and submits challenge to carriers

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 5:07am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Public Service has created an interactive map that shows the results of a drive test of mobile wireless coverage in the state. After reviewing providers’ maps that purport to show the extent of their coverage, the Department undertook a drive test of all major roads in the state to collect data and assess where mobile wireless service is actually available from a consumer perspective.

Fat Toad Farm wins 4th Good Food Award

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 4:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Fat Toad Farm is excited to announce that they received a 2019 Good Food Award for their Vanilla Bean Goat's Milk Caramel Sauce. The nation's leading food producers, grocers, chefs, journalists and activists united in San Francisco on Friday, January 11th to honor the 220 Good Food Award winners. An annual awards ceremony now in its ninth year, the Good Food Awards recognizes American food and drink creators who demonstrate a commitment to creating tasty, authentic and responsibly made products and in doing so, better the nation's food system.

Welch appointed to House Intelligence Committee

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 3:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) was appointed today by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees the federal government’s seventeen intelligence agencies and offices, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the intelligence functions of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, State and Energy. The committee is also investigating Russia’s attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

Sanders, Democrats introduce bill raising minimum wage to $15

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 2:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Rep Bobby Scott (D-VA), chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, joined House and Senate leadership Wednesday to introduce the Raise the Wage Act of 2019. The bill would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024, index future minimum wage increases to median wage growth and ensure all workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers and workers with disabilities.

Governors Scott and Sununu team up on family leave option

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 1:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Governor Phil Scott and New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu today detailed their Twin State Voluntary Leave Plan, a bi-state voluntary paid family and medical leave program, in a press conference at Schilling Beer Company in Littleton, NH. The governors’ plan creates an insurance product that is not currently offered in either state. It will be available to all businesses, as well as individuals, and will be anchored by the state employee workforce of both states - a combined 18,500 employees.

Seven Days hires Kate O’Neill for new reporting project on opioid epidemic

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington-based weekly Seven Days has launched a year-long reporting project chronicling the opioid epidemic in Vermont and efforts to address it. The designated writer of “Hooked: Stories and Solutions From Vermont’s Opioid Crisis” is Kate O’Neill, who has personal experience with the crisis: Her sister, Burlington mom Madelyn Linsenmeir, died last October after years battling addiction.

Vermont Legal Aid: Evictions bad for renters, bad for landlords, bad for taxpayers

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In Vermont, approximately 1,700 eviction cases are filed every year. The number one cause of eviction is falling behind on rent. In most cases, families lose their housing, leading to increased rates of homelessness, unemployment, mental and physical illness, and financial and housing instability. Half of eviction cases were begun for $2,000 or less owed; 90 percent of them were for less than $5,000.

Blue Cross Vermont offers popular Snow Days events for 2019

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) will celebrate getting out into Vermont’s beautiful winter by hosting four Snow Days events in 2019. Snow Days feature free access to cross-country skiing and/or snowshoeing trails, and free rentals on a first-come, first-served basis in an effort to encourage physical activity during the winter months. BCBSVT will also provide healthy snacks and hot cocoa. The first 50 attendees at each location will receive a free Snow Days fleece hat.

Airbnb offers federal shutdown benefit

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As federal employees across Vermont go without their paycheck during the ongoing shutdown, which enters its 26th day today, Airbnb is announcing A Night On Us, a new program to support federal executive branch employees in Vermont as well as nationwide who share their home or an experience on Airbnb during the ongoing federal government shutdown.

Public hearing on governor’s FY 2019 budget adjustment Jan 22

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 8:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House Committee on Appropriations will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in room 11 of the State House. The Committee will take testimony on the Governor’s recommended FY 2019 budget adjustment proposal. It adds about $54 million and moves $266 million from the State Health Care Resources Fund into the General Fund.

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