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Speaker Mitzi Johnson announces House committee assignments, delivers opening remarks

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 9:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After being reelected as expected to the post of House Speaker in the Vermont General Assembly on Wednesday, Speaker Mitzi Johnson announced the committee assignments listed below and delivered opening remarks. The one notable new chair is in the important Transporation Committee, where Republican Pat Brennan (R-Colchester) was replaced with Curt McCormack (D-Burlington). The Republicans will still have a committee chair in the Democratically controlled House, with Mike Marcotte (R-Coventry) taking over business-oriented Commerce.

Vermont Agriculture Agency launches new website

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 5:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Making it easier to find the information you need is the focus of a new and updated website launched by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM). The changes make it easier for the public to find important resources or contact information as the new year begins. “Customer service is important to our mission. We want to ensure the general public can get the information they need quickly without confusion.

VAAFM funding available for phosphorus extraction

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 5:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is releasing a new round of funding through the Capital Equipment Assistance Program (CEAP) for phosphorus extraction equipment or technology.  The Capital Equipment Assistance Program (CEAP) is available for equipment that will aid in the reduction of surface runoff of agricultural wastes to State waters, improve water quality, reduce odors from manure application, separate phosphorus from manure, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce costs to farmers when they apply manure or i

GMP helps Vermont businesses work off those carbon pounds

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 5:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power’s Business Innovation Team is helping Vermont businesses offset 200 million pounds of carbon emissions. GMP offers free expert consultations including analysis of business operations, technical advice, and financial incentives that help businesses make significant transformations to cut their carbon output and costs benefitting all customers.

Community Bank supports Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 2:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank NA recently presented a $5,000 donation to Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services (GBICS) to support its food pantry and 2018 Empty Bowls event. In addition, seven bank employees served as volunteers at the event. Empty Bowls is annual event held by GBICS to raise money for its food distribution program, Kitchen Cupboard. At the event, members of the community come together to share a meal of soup and bread donated by local restaurants and civic groups. The soups are served in ceramic bowls made by local community members, ages three to 93.

Inaugural ceremonies for governor and constitutional officers Thursday

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 4:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Governor Phil Scott, Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, Attorney General TJ Donovan, Treasurer Beth Pearce, Secretary of State Jim Condos and Auditor Doug Hoffer will take the oath of office on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 1:30 pm in the House Chamber of the Vermont Statehouse. Immediately following the swearing in ceremonies, Governor Scott will deliver his Inaugural Address for the 2019 – 2020 legislative session.

Seating on the right side of the Chamber’s balcony is reserved for members of the media.

EatingWell reports circ growth, merges Cooking Light

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 4:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Meredith Corporation's EatingWell magazine, which unveiled its January/February 2019 issue on Tuesday, now commands a circulation rate base of 1.775 million and is the largest subscription title in the epicurean category featuring original brand content. Print advertising also has grown over the last year. The new issue includes new sections and merges Cooking Light into its pages as a permanent feature.

Building Bright Futures releases reports on the well-being of Vermont’s children

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 3:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Building Bright Futures (BBF) today released two key reports intended to guide state leaders as they act to support children and families in Vermont. The sixth edition of How Are Vermont’s Young Children and Families is a data-rich look at the well-being of children in Vermont that covers topics including health, communities, economics and early care and learning. The Building Vermont’s Future from the Child Up Think Tank Report is the result of a multi-year effort involving hundreds of stakeholders statewide that reimagines the future of early care and learning in Vermont.

Sanders, Welch to announce prescription drug package Thursday

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 2:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont.) and Representatives Elijah Cummings (D-Md), Ro Khanna (D-Calif), Peter Welch (D-Vermont), Joe Neguse (D-Co) and other cosponsors in the House and Senate will hold a press conference Thursday morning to announce a legislative package that would drastically reduce prescription drug prices in the United States.

WHO: Sen. Bernie Sanders and Reps. Elijah Cummings, Ro Khanna, Peter Welch, Joe Neguse and other cosponsors in the House and Senate

Parking in handicap spot leads to arrest on multiple charges

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 1:55pm -- tim

Vermont State Police On January 9, 2018, at approximately 0951 hours, State Police pulled into the "On The Run" Mobil station near exit 19 in Saint Albans. At that time, they observed a vehicle parked in the clearly marked handicap spot and verified it did not have a placard on it. There was nobody in the vehicle at the time, and it was believed the operator was inside the store.

Reaction to Trump's border wall speech Tuesday night

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 1:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders both offered reactions to President Trump's speech Tuesday night concerning the president's efforts to fund a wall along the Mexican border. He has partially closed the federal government in order to force Congress to fund the project. The Republican-controlled Senate has refused to force the government back open and the now Democratic House has refused to fund the wall, creating a statement with the president. Leahy and Sanders oppose the wall and are urging their colleagues to re-open the government.

Vermont State Police release time line in Everett Simpson investigation

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 12:55pm -- tim

Vermont State Police The Vermont State Police have established the following time line regarding their involvement in the Everett Simpson investigation. Simpson was subsequently arrested for kidnapping and sexual assault after a car chase in Pennsylvania. In a statement, the VSP acknowledges missteps in its investigation. This information was released late Tuesday night.