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People's United to acquire First Connecticut Bancorp for $544 million in stock deal

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont People's United Financial, Inc (NASDAQ: PBCT), the holding company for People's United Bank, NA, announced today an agreement to acquire First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc (NASDAQ: FBNK), of Farmington CT, the holding company for Farmington Bank, in a 100 percent stock transaction valued at approximately $544 million. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals and the approval of First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. shareholders.

Weinberger: Update on Burlington's opioid efforts

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 9:55am -- tim

by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger I am writing to update you on the City’s work to combat the opioid crisis that has made drug overdoses the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years of age. A year and a half ago, the City of Burlington launched CommunityStat, a collaboration of dozens of State, law enforcement, and non-profit agencies to address the terrible toll of this crisis. That effort has inspired new, life-saving initiatives that I am hopeful will help us finally turn the tide of this crisis.

Greshin: A stronger, more sustainable education system

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 9:31am -- tim

by Adam Greshin, Commissioner of Finance & Management Governor Scott believes we can make our education system the very best in the country, if we have the courage to rethink the current system, which is diverting valuable budget dollars away from kids and increasing the tax burden at an unsustainable rate. The K-12 system was built to educate more than 100,000 kids. Today, we’re educating about 76,000. For 20 years, we’ve been serving, on average, three fewer students every day. Our student-to-staff ratio has decreased from about seven kids for every one adult to four to one. And, property tax rates have increased almost every year. 

SVMC offers program for chronic heart failure patients

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 9:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Many patients who would benefit from supervised exercise therapy offered at cardiac rehabilitation programs, like the one at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), don’t know that Medicare covers the expense. Care was extended for stable yet chronic heart failure (CHF) patients in 2014 and for peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients last year.

McClaughry: Poor no more, work first

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 5:14am -- tim

by John McClaughry What society owes to the poor has been a recurring question in this country since colonial times. The modern (post 1935) consensus has fostered the creation of an ever-growing panoply of government programs promising to lift, push, or draw people out of poverty and into an existence sufficiently life-sustaining and dignified to assuage the public conscience.

UVM Medical Center nurses to hold Town Hall Friday evening

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The members of Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals are holding a Nurses’ Town Hall this Friday at Burlington High School to discuss contract negotiations and the prospect of a strike should management and the union fail to reach a deal. Last week, UVMMC nurses voted 94 percent to authorize a strike if necessary, with 72 percent of union members taking part in the vote. The union and management have four bargaining sessions remaining before the current contract ends on July 9th.

With diseases on rise, Gifford doc talks ticks

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 2:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Tick season is in full swing in Vermont, bringing with it tick-borne illness, such as Lyme and West Nile, diseases which are on the rise across the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Dr. Lou DiNicola, a pediatrician and medical director of primary care at Gifford Health Care, offers Vermonters tips for tick prevention and removal, identification of symptoms of tick-borne illness, and advice on when to call your health-care provider.

Condos: Government shutdown impacts

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 4:40pm -- tim

by Jim Condos Secretary of State With barely two weeks remaining before the start of fiscal year 2019, and in good faith to the over 625,000 Vermonters I represent, I feel the need to speak up and bring to your attention some of the very real impacts a government shutdown, caused by the current budget impasse, would have on the government services my agency provides – critical services which Vermonters rely on and deserve.

McCoy: In the spirit of compromise

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 4:26pm -- tim

by Representative Patricia A McCoy (R-Poultney/Ira) Regardless of how the political debate over whether to raise property tax rates ends, the Education Fund is going to spend nearly $1.7 billion dollars next year on 76,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. That is about $22,000 per student – the most in the nation and nearly twice the national average. Meanwhile, we have about 27,000 fewer students in our schools than we did 20 years ago and enrollment continues to decrease by about 1,000 students each year.

Attorney general warns of scam using GoFundMe

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 3:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new scam is targeting Vermont attorneys. The Attorney General’s Office warns that a fake “GoFundMe” campaign purports to raise money for a child with a rare disease using According to the Vermont Bar Association, the phony campaign referenced its organization and requested that VBA members make contributions. is a popular online fundraising platform.

The VBA issued the following alert on its website: