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$9.7 million from DOT will fund footbridge over I-89 from South Burlington to Burlington

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 4:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), Representative Peter Welch (D) and South Burlington City officials announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded the City a Rebuilding American Infrastructure With Sustainability And Equity (RAISE) grant totaling $9,768,834, to build a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Interstate 89.  The project will provide a safe and protected way for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel between South Burlington and Burlington.

PSD releases draft of Comprehensive Energy Plan

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 3:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Public Service today released its draft Comprehensive Energy Plan, which lays the ground work for the state's energy future. The greenhouse gas requirements include 26 percent reduction from 2005 levels by 2025, 40 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2030, and 80 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2050. For instance, for transportation, meet 10% of energy needs from renewable energy by 2025, and 45% by 2040. And for heating, meet 30% of energy needs from renewable energy by 2025, and 70% by 2042.

Scott supports loosening of testing requirements for Canadians crossing the border

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 3:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement regarding negative PCR test results no longer being needed for Canadians traveling to the United States for less than 72 hours: “Our Canadian friends who live in border towns are integral to the fabric of Vermont, and they create economic opportunity for both sides of the border. It is welcomed news that Canada will soon be dropping testing requirements for Canadians reentering their country after visiting the United States for short periods."

Unemployment rate holds at 2.8 percent in October

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 10:40am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Department of Labor reported that the seasonally-adjusted October unemployment rate was 2.8 percent. Based on household data, this reflects no change from the prior month. The September unemployment rate was revised down one-tenth of one percentage point during the revision process. The comparable United States rate in October was 4.6 percent, which was a decrease of two-tenths of one percentage point from the revised September estimate.

Sanders praises House passage of Build Back Better Act, wants more

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 10:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Friday issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act: “I applaud Democrats in the House of Representatives for uniting to pass the Build Back Better Act. Now the legislation comes to the Senate where I hope to see it strengthened in a number of ways."

ACLU of Vermont statement on racial disparities in prosecutions

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 7:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Council of State Governments yesterday presented its analysis of Vermont prosecutions and court outcomes, reporting pronounced racial disparities in charging and sentencing decisions. Among the findings, CSG reported that Black people in Vermont are disproportionately overrepresented in misdemeanor and felony cases, and over 14 times more likely than white people to be defendants in a felony drug case. Black defendants are also far more likely to be incarcerated for certain felony offenses – including drug offenses – than white defendants, who are more often given alternatives to incarceration. 

Festival of Trees brings holiday cheer to downtown St Albans

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 6:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The St Albans Festival of Trees has evolved from a simple Gala evening with a cocktail party, dance and an auction of donated trees to raise money for charity, to a full Festival, boasting a packed week of holiday activities and entertainment, ushering in the season with merry style. The Festival continues to add events to their roster, dictated by the community, the weather, and even a Pandemic.

Davis & Hodgdon rebrands for the future

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 6:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Davis & Hodgdon Associates, CPAs, with offices in Williston and Rutland, is unveiling new names for itself and its entities. Recognizing that its client roster and service offerings have experienced substantial growth since its inception in 1990, the firm recently embarked on a rebranding initiative that encompassed name changes. Wanting to update its moniker to mark its evolution, and renowned for being entrepreneurs who happen to be CPAs, the firm and its entities looked to the future and their home state for inspiration.

Vermont Liquor Control launches Shop 802Spirits campaign

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 6:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery, Division of Liquor Control, launched a shop local campaign to promote the benefits to Vermont when Vermonters and visitors buy their distilled spirits at an 802Spirits Vermont Liquor Store. There are 78 802Spirits Liquor Stores across the state. Vermont is one of 17 states that controls the distribution of distilled spirits. The Division of Liquor Control contracts with independently owned and operated businesses to sell distilled spirits.

OneCare Vermont announces new managers, Brumsted will step down as chair

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 5:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine OneCare Vermont is Vermont’s local, 501(c)(3) accountable care organization (ACO) that partners with health care providers to transform the state’s healthcare system. OneCare maintains a governance board that includes managers from throughout the state that represent the full continuum of care and consumers. The board recently endorsed and approved changes to the membership roster in alignment with the recent governance change announcement. John Brumsted, MD will step down as chair of OneCare board of managers in January 2022.

VDH: COVID cases surge again past 500 for second worst day, two deaths for 400

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 4:58pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is reporting 517 COVID-19 cases, which was up from Wednesday's 245. The daily record was 591 cases reported last Thursday. The 16 worst days have all come since mid-September, following from the Delta variant surge that began in July. Reported cases have tended to ramp up later in the week as people get tested and results come back.

Vermont cows in Rutland County test positive for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 4:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) received confirmation from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory last week that a cow in Pittsford is infected with epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD). The Vermont State Veterinarian collected samples from the cow as part of a Foreign Animal Disease investigation that was initiated upon notification by the accredited herd veterinarian of concerning clinical signs in the sick cow. This case constitutes the first confirmed positive EHD infection in a cow in Vermont. Earlier this week, the Agency received a report from an accredited veterinarian that a second cow in a separate herd in Pittsford has also tested positive for EHD.