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Sanders, Jayapal and Omar introduce bills to ensure college for all, eliminate student debt

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 12:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) unveiled landmark legislation today to eliminate tuition and fees at all public four-year colleges and universities, as well as make community colleges, trade schools, and apprenticeship programs tuition- and fee-free for all. The three lawmakers’ proposal also eliminates all $1.6 trillion in student debt for 45 million Americans.

Roper: The authoritarian/totalitarian plastic bag ban

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 11:43am -- tim

by Rob Roper Activists and politicians around Vermont are preening with pride about having passed the nation’s broadest ban on plastic bags and plastic products, with a promise (in the form of a study committee) of more to come. As citizens of an ostensibly free society founded upon the principle of limited government, this is not something we should be pleased about. This bag ban is a truly authoritarian/totalitarian policy.

FirstLight adds cloud-based disaster recovery solution

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 10:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FirstLight, a leading provider of fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers in Vermont and throughout the Northeast, announced today the latest addition to its comprehensive portfolio of fiber-based services: Veeam-Powered Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).

Edward Larson named interim president of Central Vermont Chamber

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 9:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Edward Larson of Montpelier has been named interim president of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce and will begin work at the Chamber on July 1. The appointment was announced today by Board Chair Joseph L Choquette III, president of Mark III Public Affairs LLC. Larson will take over for current President and CEO William D. Moore, who will be leaving the position in mid-July for another job. 

Anson Tebbetts: The quintessential Vermonter

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 4:07pm -- tim

by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine If you were going to design the perfect secretary of agriculture for a rural state like Vermont, you might look for someone with deep roots in the state, maybe going back to the 1860s. You might look for a person who has actually milked cows for a living. You would also want someone with good communication skills. You would then look no further than Anson Tebbetts, as two governors have done.

BDCC has successfully secured a US Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields grant

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 12:27pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) has successfully secured a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields grant. Funds will be used for a 39-acre site that has been in active use as a paper mill since the 1960s. The $500,000 grant will allow BDCC to conduct planned Phase II assessment and cleanup of hazardous substances at the former Neenah Paper plant in Brattleboro. 

Vermont Research News: Superguns, laughing gas, gasoline gypsies, Newport's glory days

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 11:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Research News this week spotlights Vermont history. Though the celebration had mostly died out in Vermont by 1900, Antiques and Horribles Parades were the standard way to celebrate the 4th of July in 19th century New England. From the mid-1800s to the early-1900s, Lake Memphremagog saw tremendous growth in both industry and tourism on both ends of the lake. The border town of Newport was home to grand hotels such as the Memphremagog House. The Vergennes Opera House was built in 1897, one of several grand opera houses built in the state during that era to lure tourists with cultural opportunities. From the early 1960s through 1979, residents in the towns of Troy and Jay lived uneasily with a mysterious neighbor: Space Research Corporation.

State issues RFP for feasibility study of electric companies offering broadband service

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 10:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Public Service seeks to establish a contract with a company that can provide a Feasibility Study of Electric Companies Offering Broadband Service in Vermont. RFP responses are due by 4 pm on July 1, 2019. The contract arising from this RFP will be for a period of 12-months with an option to renew for one additional 12-month period. The state anticipates the start date will be on or around August 1, 2019, with a report ready for the Legislature by January 2020. 

Debra Bluto sentenced for Social Security fraud

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 9:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Debra Bluto, 64, of St Albans Bay, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Burlington following her guilty plea to a charge that she defrauded the Social Security Administration. Chief US District Judge Geoffrey Crawford sentenced Bluto to two years of probation and ordered her to pay restitution totaling $48,000.

Scott Brochu charged with transportation and possession of child pornography

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 8:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced Friday that Scott Brochu, 47, of Essex, was charged yesterday by Indictment with unlawfully transporting child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(1), and possessing child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(4)(B). Brochu was arrested this morning near his residence in Essex, Vermont, and will appear this afternoon in federal court in Burlington.

Sanders: Fighting for seniors by strengthening the Older Americans Act

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 4:38am -- tim

by US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) It is no secret that many seniors in Vermont and throughout the United States are having trouble making ends meet. In the United States, 7.2 million seniors live in poverty and nearly 9 million face the threat of hunger. Every day, seniors struggle with the high cost of prescription drugs, food, heating or housing. Others deal with loneliness and isolation, a real problem in Vermont’s more rural communities.