Vermont Business Magazine The Campaign for Vermont (CFV) has released a new report that compares the wages and benefits of teachers and state employees to the private sector and what that means for the current discussions around pension reform. The report found, among other things, that public employees make around $12,000 more per year in wages alone than the average private sector employee (this gap grows further when benefits are considered). In retirement, this number jumps to over $20,000 per year.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) Tuesday issued the following statement ahead of the US Senate’s consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act: "Many of my colleagues tell the American people, day after day, how deeply concerned they are about the deficit and the national debt. They tell us that we just don’t have enough money to expand Medicare, guarantee paid family and medical leave, and address the climate crisis to the degree that we should if we want to protect the well-being of future generations. Yet, tomorrow, the U.S. Senate will be voting on an annual defense budget that costs $778 billion – $37 billion more than President Trump’s last defense budget and $25 billion more than what President Biden requested."
Governor Phil Scott I want to reiterate how important it is for Vermonters to use common sense and take precautions as we approach the holidays, so we don’t adversely impact our ICU capacity. The number one commonsense thing you can do is get vaccinated. The data speaks for itself: About three quarters of Vermont’s hospitalizations and about 70% of our cases are among the unvaccinated. So, the best way to protect yourself and your family is still to get the vaccine. It’s also important to get your booster. As you’ve heard us say, if you’re over 18 and it’s been six months since you received your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer or two months since J&J, we want you to get boosted. Vermont currently leads the nation in boosters among those over the age of 65 but we can, and need to, do better because its already having a positive effect. In the past 30 days, even as total cases have increased, the case rate for those over 65 has actually declined about 2.5%.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is reporting 187 COVID-19 cases, which was down from Monday's 222, and down from Sunday's 298 cases. There were 463 COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 505 cases Friday, which was the second highest case count on record after they spiked to 591 Thursday. The 15 worst days have all come since mid-September, following from the Delta variant surge that began in July. Legislative leaders are balking at a suggestion from Governor Scott to call a Special Legislative Session to allow for municipalities to enact their own COVID requirements, including local mask mandates. The request to do so came to Scott from the Vermont League of Cities & Towns. The governor called the suggestion "an olive branch" in order to find some compromise over this contentious issue.
Vermont Research News The full impact of Senator Leahy's remarkable political career won't be known for some time. One clear thread is the commitment to social justice and democratic principles as Phil Baruth describes in the one biography of the Senator written so far -- "Patrick Leahy, a Life in Scenes." In a future research newsletter we will explore more of Senator Leahy's far-ranging impacts on Vermont, the nation and the world. Send your ideas here. UVM photo of Marcelle and Patrick Leahy with Paul Bruhn during the 1974 campaign.
by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine Patrick J Leahy is the stuff of legend and he isn't finished yet. Passionate native Vermonter, devoted family man, land mine opponent, free-speech advocate, storyteller, defender of the US Constitution, published photographer, early Obama supporter, six-term US senator (the only Democrat Vermont has ever sent to the Senate), caster of 13,000 senatorial votes (only eight have achieved this longevity), fourth in seniority in a place where seniority really matters, highly publicized enemy of former Vice President Dick Cheney (by your enemies shall you know them), pop culture fan, and such an interesting politician that he was supported in one election by his opponent (the late, great Fred Tuttle) - you can say one thing for certain about Leahy: Vermont has elected him to lead a wonderful life.
Vermont Business Magazine Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund (PPVTAF) launched a new podcast titled Reproductively Speaking and it is available now on Spotify. Reproductively Speaking is a podcast dedicated to protecting reproductive rights in Vermont and features conversations about health care and rights. The podcast explores the experiences of real Vermonters and why reproductive freedom is important to them. Reproductively Speaking was created by PPVTAF’s Speakers Bureau, a group of committed volunteers with a presence throughout the state. Together, members of the Speakers Bureau participated in the production of the podcast by selecting the content, guests, and co-hosts.
Vermont Business Magazine iSun, Inc, a leading solar energy and clean mobility infrastructure company based in Williston with 50-years of construction experience in solar, electrical and data services, today announced results for the third quarter of 2021. YTD quarter revenue of $18.3 million, up 56% year-over-year, driven by execution against a robust Commercial and Industrial project backlog, the addition of a new Development and Professional Services revenue stream, and continued deployment of EV infrastructure.
Vermont Business Magazine Loads of insulation, doors, lighting fixtures, pressure treated lumber, wooden beams, and an antique cast iron sink are among the items being harvested for reuse from The Lodge, a building on the Bennington campus of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC). The building is slated for demolition next week to make way for a $28 million renovation and expansion to SVMC’s Emergency Department.
by John McClaughry As world leaders meet in Glasgow to seek agreement to make Earth’s climate stop changing, the news media has delivered a continual tsunami of alarming reports: “Climate change is already ravaging the world,” “climate change-induced disasters,” “climate crisis,” “climate emergency.” President Biden informed delegates at Glasgow that “there’s only a brief window” before we are confronted by “an existential threat to human existence as we know it.” The network news shows feature endless images of dead cattle, calving glaciers, confused polar bears, desperate refugees, and hurricane wreckage.
Vermont Business Magazine Mary Kate Mohlman has been named honorary chair of CVHHH’s annual fall appeal. In her letter to Central Vermonters, Mary Kate writes about how CVHHH cared for her grandfather at his home in Woodbury. She recalls the “skilled, compassionate nurses and personal care attendants” who made it possible for her grandfather to live comfortably and happily in his own home.
Vermont Business Magazine On Monday, the Vermont Community Foundation announced $150,000 in grants to expand Vermonters’ access to mental health and suicide prevention care as part of the newest recovery initiative from its VT COVID-19 Response Fund. Since it was created in March 2020, the VT COVID-19 Response Fund has distributed more than $10 million in grants to assist with basic and urgent needs for Vermont’s most vulnerable, and jumpstarting longer term recovery and resilience through the initial five recovery initiatives announced in September 2020.