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Governor, premier announce preliminary 26-year Vermont-Hydro-Québec agreement

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 11:09am -- tim

Vermont s two largest utilities today signed a memorandum of understanding with provincial utility Hydro-Québec that sets the stage for a new power supply contract for Vermont customers. The 225-megawatt deal is comparable the current Hydro-Quebec contract and the initial cost will have little if any inflation, according to a utility source. 

Vermont ranks second for census-based funding, study finds

Thu, 03/11/2010 - 10:23am -- intern

A study by the Brookings Institution has found that Vermont received federal funds distributed based on census data at a rate of double the national average, according to data from fiscal 2008. The study found that Vermont received close to $1.79 billion in funds, or $2,873.67 per capita. Nationally, the average is $1,469 per capita. Vermont was second only to Washington, DC in terms of per-capita money awarded. The largest portion of the state s census-related funding, 67.5 percent, was put towards health care, followed by 10.6 percent allotted to transportation.

Temporary Census jobs are still available in Burlington starting at $13.50 per hour

Wed, 03/10/2010 - 9:41am -- tim

The 2010 Census is here! To conduct this massive undertaking, the U.S. Census Bureau must hire for a variety of positions, and at a time of economic uncertainty, there are still plenty of jobs available. Currently, the Burlington Local Census Office serves residents in the 14 counties of: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grande Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor. Burlington has 2010 Census positions, starting at $13.50/hour, available for immediate applications.

Weekly unemployment claims fall 36 percent

Wed, 03/10/2010 - 9:24am -- tim

Weekly unemployment claims declined dramatically last week after increasing the previous two weeks. For the week of March 6, 2010, there were 897 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, a decrease of 498 from the week before. Altogether 15,463 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 54 from a week ago and 2,814 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,647 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 96 fewer than a week ago.

Vermont unemployment rate stays at 6.7 percent, 800 jobs added

Wed, 03/10/2010 - 5:20am -- tim

The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2010 was 6.7 percent, unchanged from the revised December rate and up 0.5 point from a year ago.
After our annual benchmark revision process, Vermont s unemployment rate remained unchanged and has been on the decline since May of 2009, said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. With the exception of last month, seasonally adjusted jobs have been on a very slow, but positive growth pattern since September, 2009.

Governor criticizes EPA’s decision to reconsider $100 million Lake Champlain cleanup plan

Tue, 03/09/2010 - 12:09pm -- Hunter

Governor Jim Douglas today strongly criticized the Environmental Protection Agency s (EPA) decision to reconsider its approval of the Lake Champlain clean up plan known as the Lake Champlain Total Maximum daily Load (TMDL).  In papers filed in federal court yesterday, the EPA stated its intent to reconsider the approval given by EPA Region I in 2002.

Robert Cioffi elected chair of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees

Tue, 03/09/2010 - 10:12am -- tim

Robert F. Cioffi, a native Vermonter from St. Albans, has been elected chair of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees.Cioffi is currently a venture partner at Alerion Partners, a private equity fund located in Rowayton, Connecticut. He lives in New Canaan, CT with his wife Meghan (UVM Class of 1991) and their three children.

$1.7 million for state of the art simulation program at Fletcher Allen Health Care

Tue, 03/09/2010 - 10:05am -- tim

On Monday Senator Leahy met with leadership of Fletcher Allen Health Care, the University of Vermont and the Vermont National Guard to view a demonstration of new equipment at the hospital’s Simulator Training Program.  At the event Leahy announced more than $1.7 million in funding he has secured in the federal budget for the project, which provides training to hospital nurses and doctors, university medical students and guard personnel on state of the art simulation equipment.  The equipment offers realistic training experiences for medical conditions that range from birth to gunshot wound

32 highway improvement stimulus projects under way or completed in Vermont

Tue, 03/09/2010 - 9:49am -- tim

There are currently 32 American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-financed highway construction projects underway or completed in Vermont involving $85 million in funds, according to data released today by the Washington, D.C.-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The projects underway or completed have supported or are supporting 2,366 jobs in Vermont that would otherwise not exist, says ARTBA Vice President of Economics & Research Dr. Bill Buechner.

Legislators propose ban on hospital advertising

Tue, 03/09/2010 - 9:36am -- intern

House Health Care Committee Chairman Steve Maier, D-Middlebury, has proposed legislation to prevent hospitals from putting money towards advertising. While supporters say the move would help cut the rising cost of health care, some opponents of the proposal are questioning whether such a ban would go against the constitutional right to freedom of speech, according to a story in the Burlington Free Press.