Vermont Business Magazine Retired NFL quarterback Drew Brees says he always has been a positive person, so much so that his New Orleans Saints teammates used to call him "annoyingly optimistic." Perhaps that's why the 2010 Super Bowl champion turned broadcaster and businessman sees adversity as a way for leaders to build their inner strength and mental toughness rather than as something to fear.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray today unveiled portraits of the three former Vermont women lieutenant governors: Consuelo N Bailey (1955-1957), Madeleine M Kunin (1979-1983), and Barbara W Snelling (1993-1997) in the Senate Chamber of the Vermont State House.
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) Tuesday issued the following statement after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that would cover Aduhelm, the outrageously expensive Alzheimer’s treatment, and similar drugs in development only for people enrolled in qualifying clinical trials: “Biogen’s outrageous original price for Aduhelm, $56,000 per year, is the poster child for how dysfunctional our drug pricing system has become and it is the perfect example of why Medicare should be negotiating drug prices with the pharmaceutical industry. If the administration takes no action, Medicare recipients will continue to see their biggest premium increase in history, all because of Biogen’s greed. That cannot be allowed to happen."
Vermont Business Magazine DealerPolicy, the leading insurance marketplace for automotive retail, today announced a strategic partnership with APCO Holdings, LLC, a leading provider and administrator of F&I products and home to the EasyCare and GWC Warranty brands. With this alliance, DealerPolicy's innovative and cost-saving personal insurance platform will now be offered through APCO's vast network of franchise and independent dealers.
Vermont Business Magazine Big Heavy World has been approved for a $10,000 Grant for Arts Projects award to support its work as a music development office. Big Heavy World coordinates volunteers who archive and promote music from Vermont, building community and celebrating the state’s ubiquitous creativity. Five Vermont organizations received a total of $78,000 in grants: New England Center for Circus Arts (aka NECCA); Marble House Project, Inc; Tupelo Press, Inc; and Weston Playhouse Theatre.
Vermont Business Magazine The Attorney General’s Office announced that Keith Partridge, 37, of Springfield, Vermont, was arraigned today on two felony and three misdemeanor counts of Possession of Child Sex Abuse Materials. The charges brought against Partridge 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), including personnel from the Attorney General’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Vermont State Police, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Springfield Police Department.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The COVID-19 case data is still backed up after a technical glitch inside the State of Vermont's system in the reporting of test results. However, data is expected to be updated Wednesday. In the meantime, the VDH and DFR are estimating that case counts will increase about 4,000 since the system was disrupted beginning last Saturday. Going forward with the more virulent Omicron variant, cases will be going up from the current about 2,000 a day to upwards of 5,000 a day through the end of the month, before they begin to subside in February. As for testing, the state will be relying more heavily on self reporting as rapid antigen tests become more prominent. The rapid tests will become the standard in schools as daily testing of close contacts will replace the PCR surveillance testing and contact tracing now used in the Test to Stay program.
Vermont Business Magazine The Department for Children and Families announced today that many 3SquaresVT households will continue to receive a higher benefit in January and February. This extra help is part of the federal Coronavirus Relief Bill. It will not permanently change a household’s monthly benefit. It is a temporary increase from the federal government to help those affected by the pandemic. Households at a zero benefit will not receive a benefit. Everyone else will receive the maximum benefit for their household size.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Corrections detected three new incarcerated cases of COVID-19 in isolation testing of symptomatic incarcerated individuals at Northeast Correctional Complex (NECC) in St. Johnsbury. The tests were performed Saturday and Tuesday, with results returned Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon. The positive individuals are from two units in the same building. The facility is on full lockdown.