Vermont Business Magazine As part of Bennington College's three-year initiative to address food insecurity in Bennington County, the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) will host a day-long virtual conference on Saturday, May 15 from 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM. Supported by a grant from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, this event is free, open to the public, and will take place virtually via Zoom. Register by May 13 to join the event.
Leonine Public Affairs This week the House and Senate appointed conferees for H.439, the FY2022 budget. The conference committee will meet to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the FY2022 budget over the next few weeks. Traditionally the legislative session ends when the budget conferees agree on the budget and it is approved by both chambers of the legislature. the Senate Finance Committee approved H.436, the Miscellaneous Tax Bill, late on Friday afternoon. They included language repealing a provision of law passed earlier this session that would have subjected forgiven 2021 Paycheck Protection Program loans to Vermont income tax. The tax had been loudly opposed by the Vermont business community.
Mister Chris and Friends Moments and Must See VT Receive Recognition from Peers
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont PBS has been nominated for three New England Emmy nominations this year. The New England Emmys are awarded for excellence in video content. Winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony on June 26.
Vermont Business Magazine As consumers continue to spend more time at home and seek out premium, indulgent comfort foods, Cabot’s releases a new line of 8 oz Triple Cream Yogurt that draws indulgent seeking consumers into the yogurt aisle for a decadent snack with what the company calls “a health halo.” The line includes six flavors; chocolate mousse, salted caramel, cupcake, red velvet, vanilla chai, and orange ginger, each offered in 8 oz resealable containers.
Vermont Business Magazine Waterbury Village has seen its share of challenges—floods and fires, booms and busts. Each time, the community has come back to life more vibrant than before. To mark the tenth anniversary of the day Tropical Storm Irene devastated their town, a group of Waterbury residents hopes to celebrate the community’s resilience with a two-story depiction of a phoenix, the mythical bird that repeatedly rose from its own ashes.
Overall premium reduction is almost -1% due to company’s cost containment initiatives
Vermont Business Magazine For the first time since the inception of the Affordable Care Act, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont can recommend a premium reduction. Compared with last year, the proposal is to lower overall health insurance premiums collected by almost one percent (-0.9%). This is the overall rate change prior to unmerging the individual and small group market.
Vermont Business Magazine The state is expanding its vaccination efforts "to meet Vermonters where they are" in order to get as many shots in arms as possible. This includes walk-in clinics at speedways with no registration necessary to college campuses to pop-up clinics. Governor Scott noted today that Vermont will apply to the CDC to obtain more vaccine from states not taking their full allotment. Arkansas has declined its entire allotment. Vermont will get 19,230 doses next week. The state could get up to 50 percent more. As of now, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not increasing because the manufacturing facility in Baltimore is not yet back on line. As of this morning, over 65 percent of Vermont adults have received at least one dose. They expect Pfizer to receive CDC approval to administer its vaccine to children 12-15 years old next week. There are about 27,000 Vermonters in that age group. They will need parental approval. The governors said the state is on target to meet its next vaccine goal by June 1. Also, the VDH is reporting today75 new cases of COVID-19 with deaths holding at 249 statewide.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Riley Allen of Montpelier to serve as a member of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Allen has served as deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Service since 2017. From 2004-2008, he served as director for regulated utility planning. From 2008-2010 he served as a hearing officer and senior policy advisor to the Public Service Board (now the PUC).
Vermont Business Magazine AARP Vermont is encouraging residents who are without access to high-speed internet, or struggling to afford it, to look into the recently launched Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. The EBB is a $3.2 billion Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help Americans access the affordable, high-speed internet they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vermont Business Magazine The DeWitt Block, a long-empty piece of Flat Street’s history in downtown Brattleboro, is being given a new life. Standing next to the Brattleboro Transportation Center, the former Sanel Auto Parts store was constructed over 100 years ago as a grocery warehouse and, though it has received interest from investors over the years, a good match for its potential hadn’t materialized until now.
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) Friday announced legislation to expand on the success of the universal free lunch approach recently extended by the USDA, and bring long-term relief to millions of food-insecure families. The Universal School Meals Program Act of 2021 would permanently provide free breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack to all school children regardless of income, eliminate school meal debt, and strengthen local economies by incentivizing local food procurement.
Vermont Business Magazine The Summit on the Future of Vermont on May 26-27 will bring Vermonters together virtually to consider “The Vermont Proposition” – a set of bold and transformational ideas for the state’s economy, environment and people by mid-century. The Summit is produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD).