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Governor Douglas Testifies at US Senate Hearing Thursday

Tue, 01/22/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor Douglas Testifies in Support of GHG Emissions Standards
Says EPA Waiver Denial Is 'Legally and Factually Unsound'
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Governor Jim Douglas today (January 24, 2008) urged Congress to hold the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accountable to the Clean Air Act.
Testifying before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Douglas said Vermont is a leader among the 12 states that have adopted California's tough tailpipe emissions standards and in 2005 was the first state to sign on to California's amendments.

Leahy and Champlain Chamber of Commerce Fight New Border Laws

Tue, 01/22/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

(January 18, 2008)--Senator Patrick Leahy and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce are trying to halt the Department of Homeland Securitys plan to implement untested security procedures at the US-Canadian border. The DHS argues that the plan, which will be put into affect starting February 1, is ultimately beneficial to the country because it will allow billions of dollars in economic business and trade to continue to flow from Canada during USs recent economic slow-down. Canada provides the US with 50 billion dollars of transportation trade each month.

Vermont Department of Labor Releases Unemployment Report

Tue, 01/22/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont Department of Labor is reporting the seasonally adjusted employment rate for December 2007 at 4 percent, up one tenth of a point from last month and two tenths of a point from last year. There was no difference from November 2007 values. For the December 2007 month the US as a whole had an unemployment rate of 5 percent, up three tenths of a point from November.

Representative Cola Hudson dies at 81

Mon, 01/21/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Representative Cola Hudson, R-Lyndon, died January 20 of congestive heart failure. A farmer and janitor, he first served in the Vermont House in 1973. He served in the State House up to the week before his death. He was 81.
Below are comments from the governor and Speaker of the House.
Official Statement of Governor Douglas on the Death of Representative Cola Hudson
I was saddened to hear of the passing of my friend, Representative Cola Hudson of Lyndon. His family, friends and community are in our thoughts and prayers.

Lowe's Finally Opens in Vermont

Sun, 01/20/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

At 6 am on Thursday, January 17 2008, Lowe's opened its doors in South Burlington. The store, whose construction and opening was delayed for over five years due to disagreements over storm-water and run-off laws, operated a branchs in every other US state except Vermont until now. The 106,000 square foot store, which employs 160, took only 85 days to build, compared to the normal 120 days.

Long-time Captive Insurance Regulator to Retire

Thu, 01/17/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Long-time Captive Insurance Regulator to Retire
Leonard Crouse Helped Pave Way for Growth of Industry in Vermont
MONTPELIER, Vt. Leonard Crouse, Vermont Deputy Commissioner of Captive Insurance and a fixture in the states captive insurance industry for 18 years, has announced his plans to retire effective June 1st of this year.
For more than 30 years Crouse has been a nationally recognized leader in insurance regulation and has been credited as a key figure in advancing the captive insurance industry both nationally and in Vermont.