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Governor: Families should be kept together

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 2:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement in response to federal immigration policy and the situation on the southern border. He also stated that similar action is not being undertaken at the Vermont/Canada border. He reiterated that Vermont has not been asked to send National Guardsmen to the southern border and nor does the governor intend to do so if requested.

VCLF lends $983,250 in Q1 2018

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:36am -- tim

Vermont Community Loan Fund Elaine Toohey’s voice doesn’t waver as she tells of her bouts with homelessness, twice in her life, the second time as the young mother of two small children. The breakup of her domestic partnership was one of those life crises, she describes, like losing a job or a death in the family that, for some, can lead to an emergency situation.

Burlington Electric wins national award

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department is one of three municipal utilities to be presented with an E.F. Scattergood System Achievement Award at the national conference of the American Public Power Association (APPA) in New Orleans, LA, on Tuesday. The annual awards are presented to outstanding utilities and honor APPA members that have enhanced the prestige of public power utilities through sustained achievement and customer service.

Governor's veto sustained

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The House today again failed to override Governor Phil Scott's budget veto. Needing 94 votes to override, the vote was 90-51, with nine absent. The roll call and comments by legislators are below. If a budget agreement is not resolved by July 1, state government will shut down. Governor Scott vetoed the new budget, H13, June 14.

AGs call for end to separating families

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 2:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan and 20 other state attorneys general called on United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the cruel and illegal attacks on children and families lawfully seeking asylum in the United States. These families are seeking protection from domestic, sexual, and gang violence. In recent weeks, the federal government has separated thousands of asylum-seeking children from their parents. It has also reclassified the protective status of international domestic violence survivors.

Brattleboro Retreat and America Works to help individuals recovering from opioid addiction

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As the opioid epidemic continues to spread throughout the country, America Works, Inc, and the Brattleboro Retreat have teamed up to offer important workforce development services to individuals who are seeking addiction treatment and who need help establishing a path to meaningful employment. America Works, one of the country’s leading workforce development services, recently opened its first Vermont office, which is located at the Brattleboro Retreat.

Roadside 'poison parsnip' can cause burns, rash

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine State Health and Agriculture officials want Vermonters to steer clear of a common weed often seen along Vermont roadsides. The so-called “poison parsnip” packs a punch that can leave you with the equivalent of a second-degree burn. Formally known as wild parsnip, these plants grow along roadsides and unmaintained areas throughout Vermont, with flowers that look like a yellow version of Queen Anne’s lace.