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FairPoint Customers See Delay in Billing

Thu, 02/26/2009 - 7:22am -- admin

Montpelier, VT FairPoint customers may be wondering why they have not received their monthly bill; there is an explanation and some important information for consumers. Since January 30th, when cutover from Verizon-owned systems to new systems owned and operated by FairPoint occurred, the mailing of customer bills has been delayed, with customers receiving bills several weeks later than they normally would.

House bill to require a fiscal note for any legislation impacting property taxes

Thu, 02/26/2009 - 7:13am -- admin

Representatives Branagan, Devereux, Haas, Hube, Manwaring, Moran, W. Stevens, and Zenie announced their introduction of legislation that will require that any bill affecting property taxes shall be accompanied by a fiscal note when it is voted out of a standing committee of the general assembly.
In times of fiscal uncertainty, when federal, state and local responsibilities are being redefined, our property owners are more vulnerable than ever to surreptitious tax shifting.

Richmond Bridge to Close for Repair March 9

Thu, 02/26/2009 - 7:10am -- admin

MONTPELIER The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) awarded the Richmond Bridge Street Bridge improvement project to T. Buck Construction of Auburn, Maine. T. Buck plans to begin work March 9, 2009 and will close the bridge to traffic that day.
Construction activities will include the rehabilitation of the existing steel truss bridge, as well as repair of existing abutments and approaches. Crews will work seven days per week during daytime hours, but will add night work as necessary to remain on schedule.

Unemployment Insurance claims decrease last week

Wed, 02/25/2009 - 9:10am -- intern

There were 1,301 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week,  a decrease of 209 from the week before.  Altogether 17,433 new and continuing claims were filed, 392 more than a week ago and 6,663 more than a year earlier. In addition, the Department processed 1,847 claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008,  the same as last week.
The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at:

Ed Colodny Named Honorary Chair of VSO Endowment Campaign

Wed, 02/25/2009 - 8:39am -- tim

Ed Colodny, long-time member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra board was recently named honorary chair of the VSO Endowment Campaign. In January, the VSO governing board announced that it has launched a major campaign to raise $3.5 million, and that it had already raised $2.6 million toward that goal.
The VSO is so vital to the cultural--and economic--well-being of Vermont, Colodny says. Can you imagine the void if the VSO were not here? I am honored to serve as honorary chair of this effort, and ask all who benefit from the VSO to join in this important campaign.

$14.7 million in business development approved by VEDA

Mon, 02/23/2009 - 11:48am -- tim

The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $14.7 million in business, agricultural and energy conservation financing for projects throughout Vermont totaling $17.3 million.
Especially during these difficult economic times, VEDA is pleased to help businesses expand, support investments in energy conservation measures, and provide assistance to Vermont farmers in their efforts to sustain and strengthen their operations said Jo Bradley, VEDA s Chief Executive Officer.
Approved for VEDA financing assistance are: