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Condos: Ballots will be mailed to all active registered voters

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 5:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos issued a reminder to active, registered Vermont voters that they will be automatically receiving a ballot for the November 3rd General Election in the mail, sent to the mailing address on file with their voter registration or pending ballot request. Ballots will be mailed to voters starting on Monday, September 21st. Voters should expect to receive their ballots sometime after the 21st through early October. Any voter who does not receive their ballot by October 1st should contact their Town Clerk to get a ballot.

PAI: Proposal would eliminate school property taxes on primary residences

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 12:42pm -- tim

by Paul A Cillo, President, Public Assets Institute To make the system understandable for voters, the state needs to choose one of the two options for a statewide tax paid by residents with rates that can be set in each school district based on spending per pupil. Property and income are the two options. We recommend an income-based tax as the fairest, simplest one.

BSD announces community-led school safety task force

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 11:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington School District (BSD) invites members of the community to participate in a School Safety Task Force as requested by the Board of School Commissioners in a resolution passed on June 25, 2020. The resolution charges the School Safety Task Force with reviewing the role of School Resource Officers (SROs) and presenting recommendations to further the District’s policy goals of implementing all elements of Restorative Practices (RP) as part of the District’s priorities of ensuring equitable and safe inclusive schools.

Bennington College awarded $25,000 to support hybrid instruction

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 9:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bennington College has received a $25,000 Presidential Grant for Alternate Academic Delivery from the Davis Educational Foundation, which will support both the technology upgrades necessary for the Fall 2020 term’s pivot to a hybrid model blending in-person and remote instruction, as well as the continuation of a faculty pedagogical workshop series that focuses on hybrid teaching techniques. The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.

Debunking eligibility myths for coronavirus relief grants

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 5:14pm -- tim

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets The Agriculture and Working Lands Assistance Application combines three different bills and a variety of eligibility components into one application. We’ve built this application to do most of the difficult thinking on the back end, and in doing so, we understand that has caused some confusion for applicants.

DUI crash results in child cruelty charge

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 4:56pm -- tim

Vermont State Police At 9 pm on Saturday, Vermont State Police received a 911 call from a residence on Henwood Hill Road in the Town of Westminster (Windsor County) Vermont, reporting that an unknown male unlawfully entered their home covered in blood and holding a small child. Vermont State Police responded to the residence on Henwood Hill Road in Westminster and spoke to the homeowners. The homeowners stated that the unknown male left the property after he found out the police were called. The homeowners stated that the unknown male and child were covered in blood and left on foot. 

Funding available for rental housing repair, farming, Webinars

Sun, 09/13/2020 - 7:05am -- tim

Agency of Commerce & Community Development Landlords and property owners that have vacant, unused rental properties may be eligible to receive up to a $30,000 grant per rental unit to fix up and renovate rental units and get them ready for use again. Grants are available from the Department of Housing and Community Development utilizing CARES Act funding to improve the overall quality, availability, and affordability of rental housing throughout the state.

Leonine: Legislature takes on budget, climate change, hazard pay

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 12:02pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs The House Appropriations Committee voted unanimously to approve the full FY2021 budget this week. The bill, H.969, passed the House on Friday. The Senate Appropriations Committee spent much of the week reviewing the bill and will officially start work on it next week. Senate policy committees including Health and Welfare and Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs are preparing their recommendations for Senate Appropriations on how to allocate the almost $200 million in remaining Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars.

Dr Levine: COVID-19 vaccine development and distribution

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 5:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Commissioner of Health Mark Levine, MD, issued the following statement about the development and future distribution of a possible COVID-19 vaccine: While we look forward to a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, we hear the fears expressed by many that political pressure is being applied to rush approval of a vaccine before it has been properly tested. Let me be clear. We stand with science.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Region improving, vaccines, flu shots, Halloween

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 5:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Northeast and the US as a whole are improving as COVID-19 case counts decrease in most areas of the country with the exception of the upper Midwest. Vermont continues to be "the safest place in America" as the state has the fewest total COVID-19 cases, the fewest cases per capita, and the lowest positivity rate. Dr Levine said Friday that as long as existing health precautions are followed, Vermonters can likely still look forward to Halloween. Yes, he said, that means wearing a mask.

Hoffman: Balanced budget can’t make up for lost federal aid

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 2:34pm -- tim

by Jack Hoffman, Public Assets Institute Dithering in Washington has left a lot of states scrambling to figure out how to pay for the support and services their citizens desperately need. In Vermont, Washington’s paralysis means the Legislature will have just over a month to determine whether the $7.1 billion budget Governor Phil Scott proposed for the current fiscal year will be adequate to get Vermonters, including individuals and businesses who have seen federal support dry up, through the coronavirus pandemic. In a normal year, House and Senate committees spend four or five months taking testimony, negotiating, and deliberating on appropriations bills.