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Households with high-speed Internet increase in Vermont, but digital divide remains

Tue, 03/31/2009 - 9:22am -- tim

The proportion of Vermont households with high-speed or broadband Internet connections has increased from 9% in 2001 to slightly more than 66% in 2009, according to the statewide Vermonter Poll conducted by the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont.  Of households that did not have Internet or broadband, nearly 46% said that they knew broadband was available to them, while 17% were not sure.

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to be Saint Michael's College Commencement Speaker 2009

Mon, 03/30/2009 - 10:03am -- tim

Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education, will be the 2009 commencement speaker at Saint Michael's College on Thursday, May 14, at 10 a.m. in the Ross Sports Center. Secretary Duncan will address the 516 graduating seniors earning bachelor s degrees and 50 graduate students who are present, earning master s degrees, and their families, together totaling some 3,000 people at the college s graduation ceremonies. U.S.

Vermont collected $2.5 billion in taxes in 2008; nation totaled $782 billion

Mon, 03/30/2009 - 7:04am -- tim

State government tax collections totaled $781.8 billion in fiscal year 2008 ($2.5 billion in Vermont), a $24.5 billion (3.2 percent) increase from 2007, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. According to data from the 2008 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections,taxes on individual income were $280.7 billion, up 5.1 percent; general sales taxes were $240.6 billion, up 0.9 percent; and corporation net income taxes were $51.8 billion, down 2.5 percent. These taxes made up 73.3 percent of all state tax collections nationally.

Governor Douglas to accept federal unemployment insurance funds

Mon, 03/30/2009 - 6:57am -- tim

Governor Douglas announced today that he is asking the Legislature to amend the unemployment compensation law to provide additional weeks of benefits to individuals in approved training. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act recently passed by Congress, states must meet a number of benchmarks including the additional weeks of benefits to qualify for all of $13.9 million available to assist Vermont.

Governor, Lawmakers outline different plans for stimulus money

Sun, 03/29/2009 - 3:03pm -- intern

The first funds from the federal stimulus package are now coming in to state coffers, and Governor Douglas and lawmakers have differing plans to spend the money, specifically the $94 million in State Fiscal Stabilization Funds. Eighty-two percent of that money must be spend on education, but the remainder can be allocated elsewhere.

L'Esperance named Vermont State Police Director

Fri, 03/27/2009 - 11:08am -- tim

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Tremblay is pleased to announce the selection of Major Thomas L Esperance as the next Director of the Vermont State Police. Major L Esperance will assume the duties of Director following Colonel James Baker s retirement on June 30, 2009.  Today s announcement will provide Major L Esperance and the Vermont State Police time to plan a seamless transition of leadership.

Regional biotech association warns Vermont legislation could have profound negative impact

Fri, 03/27/2009 - 10:57am -- tim

The region's largest biotechnology association today warned that a bill under consideration by the Vermont Legislature will create the most restrictive and onerous regulatory environments for biotechnology growth and development not only in New England, but in the entire nation. Senate Bill 48, an Act Relating to the Marketing of Prescribed Products, is the focus of a presentation today at the State House by Senate President Peter Shumlin.

USDA, state implement food and dairy assistance plans

Fri, 03/27/2009 - 8:12am -- tim

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that approximately 200 million pounds of nonfat dry milk (NDM) will be transferred from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to USDA s Food and Nutrition Service for use in domestic food programs. This will help support families who rely on food assistance programs as well as dairy farmers struggling with low prices and high feed costs.