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Five bills become law, Scott vetoes two criminal justice bills

Thu, 05/19/2022 - 9:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott Thursday announced action on seven bills, passed by the General Assembly. He vetoed H.534, An act relating to expanding eligibility for expungement and sealing of criminal history records for nonviolent offenses and H. 505, An act relating to the creation of the Drug Use Standards Advisory Board within the Vermont Sentencing Commission; let H.744, An act relating to the approval of an amendment to the charter of the city of Burlington and H.523, An act relating to reducing hydrofluorocarbon emissions become law without his signature; and signed into law H.287, H.500 and H.553.

William E Kelly '65 leaves $2.3 million to St Mike's

Thu, 05/19/2022 - 5:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The estate of William E. “Bill” Kelly, PhD, a beloved political science professor at Alabama’s Auburn University, has presented a remarkable gift of more than $2.3 million to Saint Michael’s College, his undergraduate alma mater in Colchester, Vermont. Kelly completed two years of Air Force ROTC and earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Saint Michael’s, did graduate work at the University of Arizona, received his master’s from New Mexico State, and his doctorate from the University of Nebraska before joining the Political Science Department at Auburn University in the fall of 1973. He remained there until his death.

GlobalFoundries and Motorola announce strategic agreement for chip supply

Thu, 05/19/2022 - 3:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine GlobalFoundries Inc (GF) and Motorola Solutions today announced a long-term agreement to safeguard the supply of innovative chip solutions for Motorola Solutions' radios, which are widely used by public safety, critical infrastructure and enterprise organizations across the world. Motorola Solutions is a leading global provider of two-way radios for first responders, providing secure, flexible and reliable emergency communications. Several critical chips the company designs for its public safety, professional and commercial radios are manufactured in Vermont by GF.

Leahy hails $40.1 billion for Ukraine, laments it didn't come sooner

Thu, 05/19/2022 - 12:03pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) In just a few moments, the Senate will pass H.R. 7691, an emergency supplemental to provide funding to Ukraine and to stem the global hunger crisis exacerbated by Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war. It is a shame that because of the actions of one Senator we could not pass this urgently needed bill, which will receive overwhelming bipartisan support, last week. To confront Vladimir Putin on the global stage, we must stand united. 

More Americans to hit the road this summer even as gas prices hit new records

Thu, 05/19/2022 - 11:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Americans will hit the road this summer despite record gasoline prices, according to a new report. Average gas prices nationally today are $4.59 per gallon, up 49 cents from a month ago. In Vermont today, gas prices are $4.71/g on average, up 24 cents since last week, up 63 cents from last month and up $1.79 from a year ago.

AG Donovan stops 'VT Certificate Service' scam mailings, refunds available for businesses

Thu, 05/19/2022 - 11:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today announced a settlement with Florida-based Centurion Filing Services, LLC (Centurion), for sending misleading mailings to Vermont businesses. Attorney General Donovan and Secretary of State Jim Condos previously issued a warning to Vermont businesses that Centurion, calling itself VT Certificate Service, was sending requests for payment for a “Certificate of Good Standing” to businesses, disguised to look like an official invoice from the State. The settlement bans Centurion from doing business in Vermont. It also requires Centurion to pay a $20,000 penalty to the State and refund the Vermont businesses it misled.

Muzzleloader antlerless deer permit applications available

Thu, 05/19/2022 - 11:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit applications are now available online at Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website and from license agents.  A link to the information and online applications is on the home page. The Fish and Wildlife Board met on May 18 and set antlerless deer permit numbers for the fall deer hunting seasons. 

Labor Dept seeking grant applications for 2022 Vermont Internship Program

Thu, 05/19/2022 - 10:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) announced it is now accepting applications for the 2022 Vermont Internship Program. Funded by VDOL, the program will award $400,000 to eligible organizations. VDOL’s Vermont Internship Program promotes internships by providing grants to organizations that support or connect Vermont employers with student-interns from regional career technical education centers or postsecondary educational institutions. Organizations may receive up to $50,000 in grant funds to build or administer a new or existing internship program or to provide interns with need-based stipends during the internship.

Winooski completes largest net-metered solar energy project possible in Vermont

Thu, 05/19/2022 - 10:32am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine SunCommon, an iSun company, announces that the Winooski Schools have completed the maximum net-metering solar system allowable in Vermont by installing a mega system on its roof, making it the largest in the state. The new array will cover roughly $115,000 of the school’s energy costs annually. SunCommon engaged in the installation of the solar photovoltaic (PV) array in partnership with architecture firm TruexCullins and ReArch Company, a construction management group. The renovation and expansion project includes new middle school and elementary school additions. The facility serves approximately 880 students in pre-K through grade 12, and has one of the most diverse student populations in Vermont.

Scott and Sanders announce $4.23 million in grants for afterschool and summer programs

Thu, 05/19/2022 - 9:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and Senator Bernie Sanders, in partnership with Vermont Afterschool, today announced the recipients of the Afterschool & Summer Expanding Access Grant program for the summers of 2022 and 2023 and the 2022–2023 school year. A total of $4.23 million was awarded to 39 programs from 11 Vermont counties. Building off the successful 2021 Summer Matters grant initiative and the progress Vermont has made toward offering universal afterschool and summer programs, the Expanding Access Grants will continue to reduce gaps in Vermont’s current summer and afterschool system by addressing affordability, increasing availability, building long-lasting partnerships to promote sustainability, and piloting innovative approaches.