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VT Weekly Unemployment Claims

Tue, 08/12/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

There were 713 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 138 from the week before. Altogether 7,181 new and continuing claims were filed, 148 less than a week ago and 1,861 more than a year earlier. In addition, the Department processed 2,310 claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008, an increase of 757 from last week.

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Lyndon State College Ground Breaking

Thu, 08/07/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont Congressional Delegation to Take Part in
Lyndon State College Ground Breaking
Lyndon Center, Vt. - Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders along with Representative Peter Welsh will all take part in ground breaking for the new academic and student activity building at the college August 12 at noon. The ceremony will take place in front of the Vail Center, followed by a reception in the Vail Student Center.

800response Selects Search Engine Marketing Firm

Thu, 08/07/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Search engine marketing company @Web Site Publicity, announced today the signing of a new client, 800response, a leading provider of vanity 800 phone numbers and call tracking solutions based in Burlington, VT. @Web Site Publicity will support the 800response website with search engine marketing strategies, specifically search engine optimization consulting. The goal is to make 800response's informative Web content and online services even more accessible to the businesses that use the major search engines to find the best resources to support their marketing initiatives.

Vermont ranks 8th highest in tax burden study

Wed, 08/06/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

New Jersey Edges New York for Nation's Highest State-Local Tax Burden
Washington, D.C., August 7, 2008 - New Jersey taxpayers bear the heaviest state-local tax burden in 2008, and Alaskans have the lightest tax burden, according to a new report from the Tax Foundation.

In Tax Foundation Special Report, No. 163, "State-Local Tax Burdens Dip As Income Growth Outpaces Tax Growth," senior economist Gerald Prante computes each state's combined state-local tax burden, accounting for taxes paid out of state.

Kelliher Samets Volk Named New Agency for King Arthur Flour

Tue, 08/05/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

BURLINGTON, Vt (August 6, 2008)&America's oldest and most renowned flour company, King Arthur Flour, has named Kelliher Samets Volk as its agency of record, according to Tim Volk, president of the independent advertising agency. The account, previously handled by Digital Flannel in Woodstock, Vermont, was awarded after a quiet national review of agencies. Billings for the account were not revealed.

Vermont falls in Forbes' "The Best States for Business" rank

Tue, 08/05/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont falls in Forbes' "The Best States for Business" rank

Vermont fell to 36th in the Forbes "The Best States for Business" rankings. Last year Vermont was 32nd. Once again, Virginia was first and West Virginia was last. Vermont tied with Massachusetts, one place ahead of New York. New Hampshire was the highest New England state, falling six spots to 20.
Vermont ranked highest in "Quality of Life" (10) and "Labor" (12) and lowest in "Growth Prospects" (44) and "Business Costs" (43). The other two categories were "Regulatory Environment" (33) and "Business Climate" (31).

Douglas, Governors Urge President to Release Contingency LIHEAP Funds Immediately

Mon, 08/04/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor Douglas and CONEG Urge President to Release Contingency LIHEAP Funds Immediately
Waterbury (August 5, 2008) - The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG), chaired by Governor Jim Douglas, today urged the President to release the remaining $120 million in contingency funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

$1.5 million awarded for renewable energy program

Sun, 08/03/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Montpelier, Vermont - The Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) has awarded the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) a two-year contract to administer the Vermont Small-Scale Renewable Energy Program following a competitive bidding process, the Douglas administration announced.
Governor Douglas said nearly $1.5 million will be available to Vermonters to support photovoltaic, solar hot water, wind installations and hydropower stations.