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GMP reduces renewable energy premium for customers by 25%

Fri, 04/10/2009 - 7:58am -- tim

It just got a little cheaper for Green Mountain Power customers to support new renewable energy. The Vermont Public Service Board approved GMP's request to lower the premium its customers voluntarily pay to support the development of renewable energy in Vermont. Under the GreenerGMP program, customers can now opt to pay three cents per kilowatt hour more than their normal rate to support renewable energy projects. The fee had been four cents per kWh.
"Our GreenerGMP program gives our customers

Cigar association stresses 'Freedom, Unity' for all Vermont citizens

Fri, 04/10/2009 - 7:29am -- tim

Contrary to its motto - 'Freedom and Unity' - the state of Vermont is one step closer to tightening its current smoking ban by prohibiting the use of tobacco and other smoking products in all workplaces throughout the state.
The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association says the freedom of all Vermont citizens - smokers and non-smokers alike - is at stake and state legislators should be spending their time on issues that truly matter - like jobs and the economy.

The Marriage Right, Part 2

Fri, 04/10/2009 - 7:19am -- tim

The House vote overriding the governor s veto on same-sex marriage provided a stunning example of how much the debate on the subject has changed in the past nine years. To have 100 representatives vote to override is a remarkable demonstration of the sea change that has taken place.
The adoption of the marriage equality act this year also serves as an example of the wisdom of the Supreme Court in 1999: They had a pretty good feel for the shape of the political landscape a decade ago.

Shumlin presents new health care billing plan

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 11:15am -- tim

Senator Shumlin today announced the development of a state of the art health care billing system.  The system will include health care insurance cards, a health care payment card and an established network where providers and payers can connect via a central hub.  This new structure will fix our broken and confusing collections system by
improving efficiency and saving Vermonters money.  

$24 million in stimulus funds released to Vermont

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 11:01am -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch announced Thursday the release of $24 million in federal stimulus funds to Vermont.
The five grants were authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed into law on February 17. Vermont is expected to receive more than $700 million from the ARRA.
The grants announced this week support a variety of programs, including support for food pantries and shelters, child care, vaccines for children, drinking water improvements and pollution cleanup efforts.

High Meadows Fund hires Gaye Symington as executive director

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 10:07am -- tim

The Board of Directors of the High Meadows Fund has named Gaye Symington as its Executive Director. The Fund, a supporting foundation of the Vermont Community Foundation, has awarded grants since 2004 to improve the lives of Vermonters through a better environment. Its grantmaking aims to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, encourage renewable energy development, and promote sustainable agriculture and land use practices in Vermont.

More than $1.2 million in Homeland Security grants to improve communications

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 10:05am -- tim

Governor Douglas today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded over $1.2 million in grants to the Vermont Homeland Security Unit to assist with increased interoperability and improvements to the state s emergency operations center.   In November of 2008 FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security made available over 3 billion dollars in grant funding for fiscal year 2009.  The Vermont Homeland Security Unit, a division of the Vermont State Police and Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) qualified for and applied for several programs.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) To Occupy New Building In Williston, VT

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 10:04am -- admin

Williston, VT Jeff Nick, president of NAI / J.L. Davis Realty, is pleased to announce that as of June, 2009, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will take occupancy of its new 25,450 SF building at 225 Harvest Lane in Williston. The building has been designed by Wiemann ¢Lamphere Architects as a LEED-certified project.

Molly Lambert leaving Captive job to work for USDA

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 10:02am -- tim

US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is recommending veteran economic development specialist Molly Lambert to President Barack Obama as Leahy's choice to be the USDA's State Director for Rural Development for Vermont and New Hampshire. The senior senator of the President's party recommends candidates for this and other federal leadership posts in his or her home state, subject to approval of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the President.

Governor Douglas announces $300,000 in brownfield grants

Thu, 04/09/2009 - 9:57am -- tim

Governor Jim Douglas today announced that $300,000 in brownfield grants have been awarded to help revitalize former industrial and commercial properties in Barre, Brattleboro, Burlington, Johnson Village, Springfield and Wells River.
Brownfields are properties where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.