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VDH: COVID cases hold, hospitalizations fall, no deaths

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 5:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting 261 cases of COVID-19 for (248 Monday; 174 Sunday; 273 Saturday; 382 Friday). Cases have edged up in recent weeks, especially in Bennington, Washington and Rutland counties. Hospitalizations have been elevated since mid-April and today were 59 (down 16). The record was 122 on January 19. Health officials have focused on this as a key indicator. 

Vermont National Guard partners with Republic of Austria

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 4:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representatives from the Vermont National Guard and the Republic of Austria formally entered into a partnership at 2 pm today. Though work between the Austrian military and the Vermont National Guard is not new, the ceremony marked the formal beginning under the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program.

Scott OKs five bills, lets mental health bill become law without signing

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 3:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott announced action on the following bills, passed by the General Assembly. Scott signed several bills and let a sixth become law without his signature, S.197, An act relating to the provisions of mental health supports. The governor said that while he supports the mental health supports contained in the bill, he is concerned with troubling language related to executive privilege.

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy on the Women’s Health Protection Act

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 3:32pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy This is a debate about the Women’s Health Protection Act.  Protecting women’s health. Protecting half America’s population in their right to seek the health care they require. Protecting their ability, half of America, to make decisions about their own bodies.  How is this a question even up for debate? Today the Senate considers the Women’s Health Protection Act.  A woman’s right to make choices about her own body is a constitutional right. It was affirmed by the Supreme Court nearly 50 years ago.  Polling – as if that should be the benchmark by which we legislate – shows that nearly two-out-of-three Americans believe the fundamental right established in 1973’s Roe vs. Wade should be upheld.  Yet here we are today – a body of 100, 76 percent of which are male – making decisions about the private lives of the nearly 168 million women in this country. That’s ludicrous.

Public Assets announces retirement of Paul Cillo

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 2:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Paul Cillo, founding Executive Director and President of the Public Assets Institute, is stepping down, the organization’s Board of Directors announced today. Cillo has led the think tank, which focuses on advancing racial, social, and economic justice, for 19 years. Cillo’s significant contributions to public policy work span more than 40 years, as a local and state political representative and a consultant on education finance, tax and budget policy, health care, and energy efficiency. He represented Hardwick, Walden, and Stannard in the Vermont House of Representatives for 10 years, serving four years on the tax-writing Ways & Means Committee and four as Majority Leader.

Sarah George to run for reelection as Chittenden County State’s Attorney

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 2:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah F George announced her re-election bid for 2022. Sarah has served as the State’s Attorney for Chittenden County since January 2017 after Governor Phil Scott appointed her to the position. In 2018 she won the election with 99.1% of the vote. George had been considered a possible candidate for the now open position of attorney general, as TJ Donovan recently announced he would not seek reelection. George will have at least one Democratic primary challenger, as Ted Kenney from Williston announced his candidacy Tuesday.

Barton Village residents vote down sale of electric department  to VEC

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 12:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Barton Village voters elected not to sell Barton Electric to Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) in an Australian ballot vote on Tuesday, 100-48. The decision allows Barton Village to continue owning and operating the electric utility that serves more than 2,000 customers in Barton, Brownington, Charleston, Irasburg, and Westmore. Barton Village Trustees first announced their recommendation to sell the electric utility to VEC in March. Two informational meetings were held prior to the vote on May 10.

Hunting-related shooting incident investigated in Hartford

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 12:30pm -- tim

Department of Fish & Wildlife Through interviews and scene processing it was determined that a 14-year-old juvenile was hunting with his father in Hartford. The juvenile had shot and wounded a turkey which resulted in the juvenile and his father splitting up to attempt to locate it. The juvenile’s father was attempting to shoot the wounded turkey and shot the juvenile. The father transported the juvenile to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where he was treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. 

Harris: Abortion rights are workers’ rights!

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 12:09pm -- tim

by Katie Harris, Vermont AFL-CIO Chair of The Women & Gender Equity Committee Let us make no mistake… The Supreme Court’s attack on a person’s right to control their own body is an attack on workers rights. We, as working women, are not machines to be regulated by men regardless of their status within the halls of power. Just as we reject the notion of the worker devoid of agency, as a tool of capital, we also reject the subjugation of any body with a uterus by the elitist patriarchy. As women and as workers we must not now nor ever take even one step back from our hard earned rights without total resistance. As the Chairwoman of the Vermont AFL-CIO’s Woman & Gender Equity Committee, I vehemently denounce the US Supreme Court’s intent to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Scheuermann will not seek ninth term in House

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 11:51am -- tim

Representative Heidi E Scheuermann As my eighth legislative session serving the people of Stowe comes to a close, I am announcing my intention to not seek reelection to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2022. This decision was not an easy one and is bittersweet, but it is the right one. It has been my privilege and my most sincere honor to serve the people of my hometown for the last 16 years. Growing up in Stowe, I never imagined such a tremendous opportunity, and have been so grateful for the support of my friends and neighbors throughout these years. It is difficult to look back at everything through the course of my 16 years, but I can say I very proud of my work to expand economic opportunities for all, to support our private sector by encouraging job and wage growth, and to ensure our most vulnerable Vermonters have the critical supports they need.

Rutland Subaru shares the love with Rutland Regional Medical Center

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 6:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Nothing is more powerful than love, especially when it’s given away. On Wednesday, May 4, Rutland Subaru donated more than $ 6,600 from the 2021 Subaru Share the Love® event to support palliative care services at Rutland Regional Medical Center. As part of the Share the Love event, Subaru donated $250 for every new Subaru sold between November 15 and January 2.

KEEN Utility advances women in the trades through pledge to Vermont Works for Women

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 3:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine KEEN Utility, the work boot division of KEEN Inc. (KEEN), launched the She Builds Grant Program to champion the next generation of tradeswomen. The program pledges $1M in much needed product and financial support over the next five years to trailblazing nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada dedicated to the empowerment and education of women seeking a career in the skilled trades. KEEN Utility announced the 2022 She Builds grants, selected by KEEN Utility and their fans, will go to Black Women Build-Baltimore, Girl's Garage, Vermont Works for Women, Oregon Tradeswomen, and British Columbia Institute of Technology's Trades Discovery for Women.