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Oil prices taxing for Vermonters

Thu, 07/24/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Oil prices taxing for Vermonters
by Kevin Kelley
Vermonters have been whacked with the equivalent of a new $850 million tax as a result of the doubling of oil prices in the past year, said Tom Kavet, the State Legislature's economist. That hit - heavier than the total $622 million impact from personal income tax payments - is bound to stagger the Vermont economy as consumers cut back on discretionary spending in order to pay for heating fuel and gasoline, Kavet reckoned.

Governor Douglas Announces $1 Million in Grants for Economic Development, Housing, Home Heating Projects

Wed, 07/23/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor Douglas Announces $1 Million in Grants for Economic Development, Housing, Home Heating Projects
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (July 24, 2008)- Governor Jim Douglas has announced the award of more than $1 million in community development grants to five communities that will create new jobs by helping an employer lower their energy costs; rehabilitate and build new affordable housing; and help low-income Vermonters heat their homes this winter.

Governors call for feds to renew energy tax credits

Wed, 07/23/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

During their annual in Philadelphia last week, the nation's governors decided to send a letter to Congress calling for at least a 5-year extension of the renewable energy tax credit, including the clean renewable energy bonds.
The letter, signed by 51 of the nation's governors, including Govenror Douglas, encourages Congress to develop incentives for programs that help families and businesses use energy-efficient building techniques, materials and equipment. Governors also urge Congress to partner with states to pass this bipartisan legislation this year.
Letter

Winooski River Rapid Impeded by Bridge Debris

Wed, 07/23/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Winooski River Rapid Impeded by Bridge Debris
MONTPELIER - Debris associated with the Route 2 bridge span that toppled into the Winooski River earlier this week has been lodged in a nearby river rapid and poses a danger to paddlers using the Winooski.
Canoeists, kayakers and others recreating in this section of the Winooski should exercise caution when paddling the river as the debris has the potential to be dangerous if a boater were to be swept into it.

Report: State Could Improve Policy, Offset Oil Costs

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Report: State Could Improve Policy, Offset Oil Costs
NRDC Report Says Transportation Planning Can Buffer Automotive Fuel Costs
Vermont could be doing more to protect its citizens from the high costs
of fuel oil for our cars and trucks, according to a new report released
by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national environmental
group.
States that adopt laws to promote clean and efficient vehicles, prevent
sprawl, and invest in public transit, are helping protect their citizens

Vermont Nonprofits Receive More Than $200,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont for Health Improvement Projects

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Berlin, VT - More than 100 Vermont non-profit organizations have received grants totaling $205,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) in the first half of 2008, the states largest health insurer announced today.

Vermont Nonprofits Receive More Than $200,000 from Blue Cross Health Improvement Projects

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont Nonprofits Receive More Than $200,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont for Health Improvement Projects
Berlin, VT - More than 100 Vermont non-profit organizations have received grants totaling $205,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) in the first half of 2008, the state's largest health insurer has announced.

Douglas urges special session of Safe Communities legislation

Mon, 07/21/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Douglas urges special session over Safe Communities legislation
(July 21, 2008) Official Statement of Governor Douglas on a Special Session and Senate Hearings on Safe Communities Legislation:
I met this afternoon with Senator Shumlin and Speaker Symington to urge them to support a special session to pass a civil confinement law to prevent the release of violent sexual predators, an expanded sex offender registry to empower parents with more information and a Jessica's Law for Vermont to ensure convicted pedophiles are off our streets and behind bars for a very long time.

Symington, Shumlin say "false claims" made by PSD over Yankee request

Mon, 07/21/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Symington, Shumlin say "false claims" made by PSD over Yankee request
(July 21,2008) During the 2008 session the legislature put in place a collaborative process between the Department of Public Service and a Public Oversight Panel for design and implementation of the independent safety assessment of Vermont Yankee. This Panel is critical to the legislature's upcoming consideration of Vermont Yankee's future.

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