Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has issued the following statement: Like so much, since the pandemic began, Independence Day this year is very different and presents unique risks. This holiday weekend I urge Burlingtonians and our neighbors to stay vigilant in our efforts to keep the virus in check by minimizing exposure to the “Three Cs” — crowds, close contact settings, and closed in spaces.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine After a steep decline as the economy began to reopen in April, initial unemployment claims for the last several weeks have flattened and are holding in the 2,000 per week range. They hit their peak in early April. As the governor has continued to open up the economy, the weekly unemployment insurance claims fell rapidly until early June. The last few weeks has seen them bouncing up and down.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Scott continues to urge Vermonters to complete the US Census form. Millions of dollars in federal funding is at stake. Vermont has one of the worst response rates in the nation. If Vermont is under-counted, then the state could lose some of that funding, which would just go to some other state. The easiest way to complete it is online at https://2020census.gov/. You can also do it by calling 844-330-2020.
Vermont Business Magazine Amid a national concern for identity theft and a subsequent threat of fraudulent unemployment insurance claims increasing, the State of Vermont and Department of Labor have taken steps to increase monitoring and awareness for unemployment insurance fraud. Cases of fraudulent unemployment claims associated with identity theft occur when an individual’s identity has been stolen and a claim has been opened in their name. This is also known as “imposter fraud.” While the theft of the identity likely occurred in the months and years prior to COVID-19 as part of national and global data breaches, the Department of Labor wants individuals to be aware of steps it is taking to monitor fraud, and how to prevent theft from occurring in the first place.
Vermont Business Magazine The Division for Historic Preservation has announced the Vermont State Historic Sites opened on a limited basis the week of July 1. The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch and the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell opened Wed., July 1. On Fri., July 3, the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Hubbardton Battlefield in Hubbardton, Chimney Point in Addison, and Senator Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford opened. The President Chester A.
Vermont Research News While much recent attention has focused on urban police forces, such as the move to cut the Burlington police budget, town spending on police services has also grown. Student researchers with the Legislative Intern Policy Center collected data from 140 towns on how much they spend on police services. Some towns spend a lot and some spend very little. Per capita town-level spending ranges from almost zero to above $400. Also, In a sample of interviewed participants around Burlington, 25.8% had either never, or very rarely accessed their local natural areas before the pandemic.
by Bill Schubart As a grateful user of Vermont’s healthcare system (UVM hip replacement last year), an observer of its growth (the house I grew up in in Morrisville was next to a pasture in which the current Copley Hospital was built in 1958), and a participant in its growth (I chaired Fletcher Allen in 2003). I value and care deeply about healthcare in Vermont. And, full disclosure, I’m an advocate for universal healthcare coverage and hope to see it in my lifetime.
Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch was in Winooski Wednesday to highlight sweeping infrastructure legislation expected to pass the US House of Representatives. The event was held near two Winooski projects that could benefit from the passage of the bill and included Winooski Mayor Kristine Lott, local developer Jacquie Dagesse and Vermont State Senator Dick Mazza.
Vermont Business Magazine AT&T customers across Vermont are getting a major boost in their wireless connectivity. They've expanded their 4G LTE network coverage across the state. Additionally, they’ve launched two new, purpose-built cell sites to give first responders access to FirstNet, the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders and the extended public safety community.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported 17 new cases of CVOID-19 in Vermont. This is the highest single-day total in over a week. Eight of the cases were in Chittenden County, three were in Franklin County and another three in Windham County. The statewide total is now 1,227. Associated deaths are holding at 56. There are two hospitalized.
Vermont Business Magazine US Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) are leading a new proposed amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to require President Trump and the Trump Organization to disclose full financial information, including the total income earned by the Trump Organization from any licensing agreements, for foreign properties owned by President Trump’s family business.