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Shumlin and Speaker Smith Move Forward on Addressing Unemployment Insurance

Thu, 06/25/2009 - 9:16am -- admin

Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin and Speaker Shap Smith moved forward today on addressing the challenge of unemployment insurance by appointing the Unemployment Trust Fund Reform Study Committee.
Vermont s unemployment insurance system is in desperate need of reform, said Speaker Smith. The Fund has been in decline for many years and without reform will go bankrupt. I am pleased that we have put together a strong committee who will continue the work we did on this issue, over the summer and fall months.

Governor Douglas Attends Kick-Off for the Vermont Biosciences Alliance

Wed, 06/24/2009 - 10:12am -- admin

Governor Jim Douglas attended the kick-off event for the Vermont Biosciences Alliance. The Vermont Biosciences Alliances is a partnership of businesses that make-up Vermont s growing bioscience industry as well as academic partners from the higher education community.
It is great to see business leaders from the bioscience community coming together to support one another, Governor Douglas said. These cutting-edge employers will play a leading role in our economic recovery and provide great job opportunities for Vermonters.

Ledyard National Bank Contributes $3,000 to New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies

Wed, 06/24/2009 - 10:09am -- admin

Ledyard National Bank recently completed a three-year commitment to the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies. The total contribution was $3,000.
Ledyard National Bank proudly supports the Center s mission to raise new ideas and improve debates through quality information and analysis on issues shaping New Hampshire s future.

New Cheesemaker to Operate Plymouth Cheese Factory at Coolidge Historic Site

Wed, 06/24/2009 - 9:54am -- admin

A new Vermont cheesemaker will begin producing high-quality artisanal cheeses this summer at the Plymouth Cheese Factory, located at the President Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth.
Fairfield Farms Artisan Cheese has signed a lease with the State of Vermont that will begin July 1. The company will create three types of hand-crafted, limited supply cheeses from raw milk at the facility. The site will be operated by Jesse Werner, cheesemaker and owner of Fairfield Farms Artisan Cheese.

Vermont's first stimulus-funded project is completed in Richmond

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 9:33am -- tim

Governor Douglas today officially opened the new Bridge Street Bridge in Richmond marking the completion of Vermont s first ARRA funded project. Douglas was joined by Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary David Dill, Federal Highway Administration Deputy Vermont Administrator Larry Dwyer, Richmond Selectboard Chairman Pete Parent and numerous Richmond residents to celebrate the opening of the Richmond Bridge Street Bridge, which opened for traffic last Friday.

Rockingham Canal House in Bellows Falls, Vermont, sold to NH developer

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 9:31am -- tim

Vermont Housing Finance Agency announced today the selection of Paul Stewart, President of Stewart Property Management, Bedford, NH, as the new owner of Rockingham Canal House in Bellows Falls. The historic building, a former hotel built in the 1870s, will also be an example of how important housing preservation is to the larger strategy of providing affordable housing.

Vermont lawmakers focus on Vermont Yankee decommissioning shortfall

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 6:13am -- tim

Less then a week after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) raised concerns with the inadequacy of Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning fund, Speaker Smith and President Pro Tem Shumlin vowed to place another decommissioning bill on Governor Douglas’ desk at the beginning of the 2010 legislative session, which begins next January.
The leaders called on Governor Douglas to join them in their support for this important piece of legislation.

VPR Commentary: Tax policy perspective

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 5:51am -- tim

Vermont Public Radio Commentary. Monday June 22, 2009
McQuiston: Tax policy perspective LISTEN
By Timothy McQuiston
(HOST) Commentator Timothy McQuiston suggests that when you hear politicians talking about taxes, it isn't so much about fairness, it's about jobs.
(McQUISTON) Tax policy is all in your perspective, it seems to me. While the Legislature has focused on the property tax and the direct impact it has on local constituencies, governors have generally looked at the bigger picture and the income tax.