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Welch and Vermont Country Store owner urge reform of credit card fees

Fri, 10/09/2009 - 6:11am -- tim

Congressman Peter Welch and Vermont country store owner Kathy Miller urged the House Committee on Financial Services Thursday to crack down on unfair credit card swipe fees paid by small businesses. At a hearing to debate Welch’s Credit Card Interchange Fees Act (HR 2382), Welch and Miller asked the committee to consider the plight of small retailers forced to pay close to two percent of every purchase in swipe fees to credit card companies and big banks.

$1.45 million more in back pay for Vermont US government workers

Fri, 10/09/2009 - 6:07am -- tim

The US Labor Department has issued a ruling that will result in an additional $1.45 million in back wages for federal contract workers in St Albans and Essex Junction. The ruling affects 237 contract workers employed by CSC at the Vermont Service Center of the US Department of Homeland Security US Citizenship and Immigration Services from November of 2005 to December of 2007.

Putting Vermont Back on Track, October 15

Fri, 10/09/2009 - 6:00am -- tim

Lawrence Reed is the founder and for twenty years President of Michigan’s Mackinac Center for Public Policy, long considered the most influential free-market state think tank in the nation. His address October 15, part of the ongoing Sheraton Economic Series, will focus on how the ideas of individual liberty, private property, limited government and competitive free enterprise can be packaged to promote increased economic opportunity and prosperity for Vermonters.

VRA Retailer of the Year nominations requested

Fri, 10/09/2009 - 5:53am -- tim

Tasha Wallis, Executive Director of the Vermont Retail Association (VRA), announced today the second annual VRA Retailer of the Year Award.(ROYs). “The overwhelmingly positive response to last year’s ROYs made it clear that Vermont’s retail industry believed in the value of recognizing outstanding excellence among its members,” said Wallis. “In addition, retailers employ more Vermonters than any other business sector except health care, with more than 40,000 working in retail--16% of the entire work force.

UVM, Middlebury top schools for green practices and policies

Thu, 10/08/2009 - 8:35am -- tim

For the third year in a row, the Sustainable Endowments Institute has ranked the University of Vermont among the top schools nationally for green practices and policies, giving the school an overall grade of A- in its just released College Sustainability Report Card. Also receiving an A-, the highest grade given by the institute, were twenty-six other schools including Harvard University, Middlebury College, Brown University, and the University of New Hampshire.

Commonwealth Fund ranks Vermont #1 in health care

Thu, 10/08/2009 - 6:53am -- tim

Attached is the press release and Vermont scorecard from a new health care study being released today by The Commonwealth Fund.  It is the second version of their State Scorecard, which ranks states on 38 indicators in the areas of access, prevention/treatment quality, avoidable hospital use and costs, healthy lives, and equity, and Vermont is ranked #1.

3BL Media releases 'theCSRminute' video on social responsibility

Thu, 10/08/2009 - 6:37am -- tim

3BL Media , the experts in corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability and cause marketing communications, today announced that it has begun production and distribution of "theCSRminute," a daily video digest focusing on corporate social responsibility. Produced by 3BL Media in high-definition, the segments cover important events, initiatives, issues, trends, campaigns, awards, and breaking news.

Rae Ann Knopf appointed Vermont Deputy Commissioner of Education

Thu, 10/08/2009 - 6:25am -- tim

Rae Ann Knopf of St Johnsbury was confirmed as Vermont’s Deputy Commissioner of Education by the State Board of Education in a special meeting today. Knopf, who most recently served as the Assistant Director for Student Support and Safe and Healthy Schools, also serves as the department’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) coordinator.

Vermont counties receive another $1.2 million in energy efficiency grants

Thu, 10/08/2009 - 6:22am -- tim

Seven more Vermont counties have been awarded economic stimulus funding for energy efficiency and conservation projects through a block grant program created in legislation authored by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). County-specific block grants were awarded to Windham County for $130,800, Orange County for $115,800, Windsor County for $193,300, Washington County for $254,600, Chittenden County for $195,400, Rutland County for  $189,700, and Addison County for $153,700.  Block grants were awarded in September to Caledonia, Franklin, and Orleans Counties.

Verizon Wireless expands Vermont 3G network in Orleans County

Wed, 10/07/2009 - 10:20am -- tim

Verizon Wireless is investing in Orleans County, Vermont to stay ahead of rising demand for wireless voice, 3G multimedia and Internet access. Regionally the company has invested more than $2.5 billion into its New England network over the past nine years, including more than $105 million during the first six months of 2009.
Consumer Advantages

Cell site provides increased wireless voice and 3G data coverage along I-91 between exits 25 and 26 and surrounding area
Expanded 3G data coverage allows customers using notebook computers or smartphones the ability to: