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Tax revenues continue on positive trend

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 12:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Tax revenues are still coming in largely above targets, continuing their strong showing from the spring. The personal income tax, the most important General Fund revenue source, was up nearly 7 percent over expectations. Meanwhile the corporate tax, which tends to spike, was almost 70 percent ahead of targets. Secretary of Administration Susanne Young released Vermont’s Revenue Results for July 2019 today.

Winooski awarded $450,000 Northern Border Regional Commission grant

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 11:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The City of Winooski has announced that the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) has awarded the City a $450,000 grant through their Economic & Infrastructure Development Investment program to support the Main Street Revitalization Project. This grant will reduce the project cost to taxpayers in Winooski by approximately $600,000 in debt and interest.

Thunderstorm potential has GMP rescheduling today’s EV test drive event

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 11:22am -- tim

Vermont Buiness Magazine The threat for thunderstorms across central and southern Vermont has Green Mountain Power (GMP) rescheduling today’s EV Test Drive Event in Rutland. The National Weather Service says thunderstorms are possible in Vermont throughout the day, and especially across central and south-central Vermont this afternoon. Forecasters say the storms this afternoon could cause localized flash flooding.

Roper: Two prominent young people leave Vermont

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 3:18am -- tim

by Rob Roper This past spring the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce surveyed 500 young professionals, primarily Burlington area residents between the ages of 22 and 34, and learned that over 40 percent intend to leave Vermont. Now we can put some faces on those statistics. Taylor Dobbs, 29, a prominent reporter who worked for VPR and most recently Seven Days, has decamped with his wife, an educator, for North Carolina. Ben Jickling, 25, a two-term independent Representative from Brookfield, is leaving to take a job with a medical software company in Wisconsin. Both were life-long Vermonters.

Middlebury breaks ground on facility that turns waste into energy

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 4:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representatives from Middlebury College, Vanguard Renewables, Vermont Gas, Goodrich Farm, and the State of Vermont gathered on August 20 at the farm in Salisbury, to mark the official groundbreaking for an anaerobic digester. The facility will combine cow manure and food waste to create Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). The project is a milestone toward the college’s goal of using 100 percent renewable energy sources, and Middlebury will be the primary consumer of the RNG produced at the dairy farm. During the event, speakers from each organization discussed the facility, which will be the largest anaerobic digester east of the Mississippi River.

Leahy, Murray, and Peters ask GAO for review of border patrol checkpoints

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 4:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Patty Murray (D-Wash) and Gary Peters (D-Mich) on Tuesday requested that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a comprehensive review of the Border Patrol’s use of interior immigration checkpoints as part of their border security mission and their compliance with the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right of Americans to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Two-thirds of Americans live within 100 miles of the Northern, Southern and maritime borders of the United States, and could be stopped and searched within that “border zone.”

Last Mile Ride raises $120,000 for end-of-life care in Central Vermont

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 1:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The 14th annual Last Mile Ride drew record crowds to the Gifford Green last weekend with 497 community members walking, running, or riding to support end-of-life care and special services for central Vermont patients and families. The event, which included a 5K and family-friendly walk Friday evening and a motorcycle ride Saturday, raised more than $120,000, bringing the grand total to more than $880,000 raised since the inaugural LMR in 2006.

State will use its own funds to ensure access to full family planning services

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 1:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following new limits on how federal Title X funding can be used, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD notified the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that it will stop using those funds provided to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England for family planning services in Vermont. Instead, the Vermont Department of Health will use State funds that have been reserved to ensure these services can continue.

2019 Vermont Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame inductees named

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The who's who of Vermont's ski and snowboarding world will gather at The Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe on Saturday, November 2nd for a festive dinner and silent auction to celebrate the Induction of the class of 2019 into the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. The event, hosted by the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe, will also honor the recipients of the Paul Robbins Award and First Tracks Award. One of the highlights of the evening will be the showing of short biographical films created for each inductee.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England withdraws from Title X program

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Planned Parenthood Federation of America on Monday announced that the Trump administration, through what PPFA called an unethical and dangerous gag rule, has forced Planned Parenthood grantees out of Title X, the nation’s decades-old program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood health centers has been a part of the program since it was created, nearly 50 years ago, and have collectively been the largest provider, serving 40 percent of all patients who get care through the Title X program. In Vermont, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) serves 11,000 people who access affordable birth control, STD testing, cancer screenings, and more through Title X.