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Vermont ranks 8th highest in tax burden study

Wed, 08/06/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

New Jersey Edges New York for Nation's Highest State-Local Tax Burden
Washington, D.C., August 7, 2008 - New Jersey taxpayers bear the heaviest state-local tax burden in 2008, and Alaskans have the lightest tax burden, according to a new report from the Tax Foundation.

In Tax Foundation Special Report, No. 163, "State-Local Tax Burdens Dip As Income Growth Outpaces Tax Growth," senior economist Gerald Prante computes each state's combined state-local tax burden, accounting for taxes paid out of state.

Kelliher Samets Volk Named New Agency for King Arthur Flour

Tue, 08/05/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

BURLINGTON, Vt (August 6, 2008)&America's oldest and most renowned flour company, King Arthur Flour, has named Kelliher Samets Volk as its agency of record, according to Tim Volk, president of the independent advertising agency. The account, previously handled by Digital Flannel in Woodstock, Vermont, was awarded after a quiet national review of agencies. Billings for the account were not revealed.

Vermont falls in Forbes' "The Best States for Business" rank

Tue, 08/05/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont falls in Forbes' "The Best States for Business" rank

Vermont fell to 36th in the Forbes "The Best States for Business" rankings. Last year Vermont was 32nd. Once again, Virginia was first and West Virginia was last. Vermont tied with Massachusetts, one place ahead of New York. New Hampshire was the highest New England state, falling six spots to 20.
Vermont ranked highest in "Quality of Life" (10) and "Labor" (12) and lowest in "Growth Prospects" (44) and "Business Costs" (43). The other two categories were "Regulatory Environment" (33) and "Business Climate" (31).

Douglas, Governors Urge President to Release Contingency LIHEAP Funds Immediately

Mon, 08/04/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor Douglas and CONEG Urge President to Release Contingency LIHEAP Funds Immediately
Waterbury (August 5, 2008) - The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG), chaired by Governor Jim Douglas, today urged the President to release the remaining $120 million in contingency funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

$1.5 million awarded for renewable energy program

Sun, 08/03/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Montpelier, Vermont - The Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) has awarded the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) a two-year contract to administer the Vermont Small-Scale Renewable Energy Program following a competitive bidding process, the Douglas administration announced.
Governor Douglas said nearly $1.5 million will be available to Vermonters to support photovoltaic, solar hot water, wind installations and hydropower stations.

Green Mountain Coffee Reports Third Quarter Results Up 43 Percent

Sun, 08/03/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2008 Third Quarter Results

- Success of Keurig single-cup brewing system and K-Cups drives strong sales and earnings growth -

WATERBURY, Vt.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., (NASDAQ: GMCR) has announced its fiscal 2008 third quarter results for the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2008.

Green Mountain Coffee to Add Manufacturing Facility in Tennessee

Sun, 08/03/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Green Mountain Coffee to Add Manufacturing Facility in Knox County, Tennessee

WATERBURY, Vt.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), has announced it has chosen Knox County, Tennessee as the future home of a new manufacturing and distribution facility for the Green Mountain Coffee segment. The Company has closed on the purchase of a 334,000 square foot building on a 31 acre parcel of land in Knox County for approximately $10.4 million. The new site will support the brand's national expansion and continued growth in the single-cup business.

Vermont Ranks 30th in Highway Study

Thu, 07/31/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont's road and bridge conditions have been under fire for the past few years, however the Reason Foundation's study may tell another story. The Reason Foundation has been conducting surveys on all state owned interstates and highways since 1984. This year Vermont ranked 30th up from 37th last year. The Reason Foundation ranks states based on categories including traffic fatalities, congestion, pavement condition, bridge condition, highway maintenance costs, and administrative costs.

IBEW Local 300 Endorses Obama for President

Wed, 07/30/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

South Burlington, Vt. - (July 31, 2008) - The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for President of the United States.

The 1,200-member labor union represents public and private sector employees throughout Vermont. IBEW Local 300 has initiated an aggressive internal political action campaign to involve its constituency in the electoral process.