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Shumlin names Larson to head DVHA, to be key player in implementing health care reform

Tue, 07/19/2011 - 6:12am -- tim

Governor Peter Shumlin today announced the appointment of Mark Larson to head the Department of Vermont Health Access. Larson, who serves in the Vermont House, replaces Susan Besio as commissioner.
‘I am proud to add Mark Larson to my administration and look forward to his leadership at DVHA," Shumlin said. "Mark has a deep understanding of health policy in Vermont, including complex systems like Medicaid, which is central to health planning. Mark has also demonstrated his commitment to the principles behind Act 48, and will be a valuable member of my health care policy team.’

Court denies preliminary injunction in Vermont Yankee case

Tue, 07/19/2011 - 4:09am -- tim

The Federal District Court for the District of Vermont issued a decision Monday evening in favor of the State of Vermont and denied Entergy’s request for a preliminary injunction that would have prevented the State from enforcing its laws during the pendency of the litigation. In a prepared statement, Attorney General William Sorrell called the decision ‘a very good first step in an important case.’ 

VTA announces recipients of incentive discounts for last-mile telecom providers

Mon, 07/18/2011 - 10:59am -- tim

The Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) announced today that Southern Vermont Broadband Cooperative and Cloud Alliance, LLC, were selected to receive discounted commercial broadband connections on the Vermont FiberConnect network.  Additional award announcements are expected in the coming weeks. 

Vermont reverses trend: Home prices down, sales up

Mon, 07/18/2011 - 7:23am -- tim

Vermont was the only New England state to experience a decline in median home price in June. However, its 22.3 percent increase in home sales was second only to Connecticut. All six New England States experienced a 3-month trend uptick in June of 21.7 percent. For the first time in the past three months, Vermont realized a price decline of -4.0 percent, with all other states continuing to see month-over-month price increases.

Vermont Community Foundation gets $104,000 for VTDigger.org

Mon, 07/18/2011 - 6:26am -- tim

The Vermont Community Foundation recently received a three-year, $104,000 grant to build the capacity of public policy journalism in Vermont. The Foundation will partner with VTDigger.org, a nonprofit news website that provides in-depth coverage of statewide issues affecting Vermonters. The funding will allow VTDigger.org to hire a full-time investigative reporter to cover health care and energy issues in Vermont. It will also allow Founder and Editor in Chief Anne Galloway the chance to extend her energies beyond reporting.

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance expanded to Washington and Caledonia Counties

Mon, 07/18/2011 - 5:34am -- intern

The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits are now available to help those Vermonters left jobless as a result of the severe flooding damage that occurred in Washington and Caledonia counties during May 26, 2011 to May 27, 2011. The disaster assistance period awarded for Washington and Caledonia Counties began May 26, 2011 and ends January 7, 2012. The filing deadline for individuals deemed eligible for assistance is August 15, 2011. The first payable week will be the week ending June 4, 2011.

Renewable Energy Vermont announces Executive Director

Mon, 07/18/2011 - 5:29am -- intern

Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), the only business trade association focused specifically on the advancement of renewable energy sources deployment, announced today the selection of Gabrielle Stebbins as the organization’s new executive director at the annual membership meeting hosted by cow power supporter, Long Trail Brewery. On the anniversary of REV’s 10th year, Stebbins steps in as the new director to lead the renewable business trade association in what is a very active time for the renewable energy economy in Vermont.

Opening of new Calvin Coolidge exhibit postponed

Mon, 07/18/2011 - 4:34am -- tim

The opening of a new permanent exhibit that examines the life and times of President Calvin Coolidge is being rescheduled to a later date. 
‘Calvin Coolidge: His Life & Legacy’ will not open as planned next month at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site.  The state Division for Historic Preservation anticipates that the exhibit, which was scheduled to open Aug. 6, will debut later this year. 

Vermont revenues up $34 million over target for FY 2011

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 11:59am -- tim

Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding released the Preliminary June 2011 General Fund Revenue results today. June marks the end of the fiscal year (FY) 2011. General Fund revenues totaled $112.82 million for June 2011, and were +$13.89 million or 14.04% above the $98.93 million consensus revenue forecast for the month. Preliminary FY 11 year end General Fund Revenues were $1,151.21 million or +$33.71 million or +3.02% ahead of target. Compared to the prior fiscal year, FY 2011 GF results are 10.9% ahead of FY 2010, but remain below the pre-recession FY 2008 results by -4.05%.

Clifford to discuss Vermont's 1927 flood

Fri, 07/15/2011 - 6:08am -- intern

Nicholas R. Clifford, Professor Emeritus at Middlebury College, will discuss The Troubled Roar of the Waters: Vermont in Flood and Recovery, 1927-1931, a seminal work on this tragedy, written by him and his late wife Deborah Clifford. It was following the 1927 flood that President Coolidge delivered the oft quoted speech Vermont Is the State I Love, which includes the phrase ‘I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all because of her indomitable people.

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