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Leonine: The Legislature will be back in August

Sat, 07/04/2020 - 2:25pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs The Vermont Legislature recessed late in the evening on Friday, June 26. They will reconvene on August 25 to start the process of developing and passing a budget for the remainder of FY21. The state is facing a revenue shortfall of well over $300 million between the General, Education and Transportation funds for FY21 which combined with the continued uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic creates a daunting task when lawmakers return. 

Sterling College creates Food Hub

Sat, 07/04/2020 - 1:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Throughout the pandemic, the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems at Sterling College––home to the campus farm––has been busy, growing and expanding its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program while observing COVID-specific health and safety procedures.

Audit questions cost savings and health outcomes of OneCare Vermont

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 5:06pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer released this week the first part of series of audit reports on OneCare Vermont. OneCare is a collaboration of the University of Vermont Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state and the federal government. The concept is to pay health care providers a lump sum to provide preventative care, which in the long run will save the entire health care system a lot of money.

Weinberger statement on Independence Day celebrations and illegal fireworks

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 4:51pm -- tim

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. 

Weekly unemployment claims up more than 700

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 12:05pm -- tim

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.

Fill out the US Census form!

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 11:26am -- tim

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  You can also do it by calling 844-330-2020.

Labor Dept urges public to be vigilant amid national threat of unemployment insurance fraud

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 11:05am -- tim

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 state historic sites now open for the season

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:47am -- tim

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.