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PAI: Income and poverty both fell during the pandemic. Huh?

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 4:41pm -- tim

Public Assets Institute In 2020 the typical Vermont household income dropped $8,000 from the previous year, to $66,902—below the US median for the first time since 2007. But the state’s official poverty rate stayed steady at around 9 percent. The economic impact of COVID-19 would have been worse were it not for substantial help from the federal government.

Weekly unemployment claims remain low, FPUC ends

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 4:20pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims continue to hold at typical pre-pandemic summer levels: 315, down 79 for the week and 297 fewer than this time last year. The state unemployment rate is also near its low pre-pandemic levels (3.0 percent August). But the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation programs have now expired. In addition, the federal government will not allow the state to pay regular UI claimants an extra $25 a week. Meanwhile, UI benefits lowered the overall poverty rate in the US by 1.4 percentage points to 11.4 percent in 2020 and decreased poverty across all racial groups and all age groups, according to US Census Bureau.

Rutland man arrested for possession of child sex abuse materials

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 4:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced that Robert Scott, III, 61, of Rutland, Vermont, was arraigned on Wednesday, September 15, on two counts of Possession of Child Sex Abuse Materials and one count of Failure to Comply with the Sex Offender Registry Law. The charges brought against Mr. Scott are the result of a criminal investigation including the execution of residential and online data search warrants conducted by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC).

Krowinski and Balint to hold next round of 'Investing in Vermont's Future Community Conversations'

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 2:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine House Speaker Jill Krowinski and Senate President Pro Tem Becca Balint announce the next round of community conversations on the once in a lifetime opportunity facing Vermont to make significant investments that will transform and shape the future of our state. These regional discussions will be held virtually. Future opportunities will be announced soon and posted on the Speaker and Pro Tem’s websites. 

Unemployment rate holds at 3.0 percent in August

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 1:15pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.0 percent in August, according to the Vermont Department of Labor. This reflects no change from July. The comparable United States rate in August was 5.2 percent, which was a decrease of two-tenths of one percentage point from the revised July estimate. The Labor Force and the number of Employed showed significant gains from July. However, even as the number of Employed and Unemployed showed major improvement from last year, the Labor force is still down nearly 5,000 workers.

One person dies in multiple vehicle crash on VT100 in Waterbury

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 1:11pm -- tim

Vermont State Police On 09/16/2021 at approximately 1356 hours Vermont State Police were notified of a multi-vehicle crash on VT RT 100 in the town of Waterbury. Waterbury Fire and EMS also responded. Investigation determined a 2018 Hyundai, driven by Robert Hunter, was traveling northbound on VT RT 100. The vehicle crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a 2006 Mack truck, driven by Harold Kittredge. Hunter died following the crash.

VSP provides update on death investigation in Killington

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 10:43am -- tim

Vermont State Police The investigation into the death Wednesday night of a woman in Killington is continuing, the VSP reported Thursday afternoon, September 16, 2021. The victim is identified as Brittany Bouthiette, 28, of Mt Holly, Vermont. Following an autopsy performed Thursday at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington, the cause of her death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death is listed as pending.

Hidden worlds: Hartness State Airport

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 6:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine It’s easy to miss the fact that the second longest runway in Vermont is right there in Springfield (with a part in Weathersfield!) at Hartness State Airport. Perhaps you’ve walked across the dam and seen some activity though the fence, but most people know very little about Hartness Airport and its economic contribution to the region.

Tony the Tiger partners with Hannaford to give more kids access to middle school sports

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 3:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The $20,000 donation to DonorsChoose marks the partnership's commitment to ensuring school sports can thrive in local communities. Being part of a local community means making a positive impact and giving back. For the first time, Tony the Tiger® and Kellogg's Frosted Flakes® Mission Tiger are teaming up with Hannaford Supermarkets to make a $20,000 donation via DonorsChoose to help fund middle school sports in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire and keep kids active.

Vermont approved to welcome 100 Afghan refugees

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 4:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) was approved this week by the US Department of State to welcome up to 100 Afghans in Vermont in the weeks ahead. An exact timeline of arrivals has not yet been established. USCRI is a national nonprofit resettlement agency that assists people who have migrated to the US to help them live safe and dignified lives. USCRI’s Vermont Office, Governor Scott, the State Refugee Office at the Vermont Agency of Human Services and other refugee programs have been pursuing opportunities to welcome refugees over the last several weeks.

Newport prison reports zero COVID cases

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 4:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport is now in standard modified operations, the Vermont Department of Corrections (Vermont DOC) announced Thursday. This status change comes after three consecutive rounds of outbreak testing revealed zero new COVID cases among staff or incarcerated individuals. The outbreak began after two staff members tested positive for the virus August 18 and 21 after presenting with symptoms. As part of outbreak protocol, the facility was put on full lockdown.

​Tourism and economic recovery marketing grants available

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 4:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) has announced the launch of the Tourism and Economic Recovery Marketing Grant Program. The Tourism and Economic Recovery Marketing Grants are funded through a $600,000 appropriation by the Vermont Legislature to provide grants to organizations in support of efforts and activities related to regional tourism marketing to aid recovery from COVID-19.