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Leahy demands Kavanaugh vote be postponed due to new allegations

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine All 10 Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), on Monday urged Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to postpone Thursday’s vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, to allow the FBI to investigate Christine Blasey Ford's allegations and follow up on what they describe as Kavanaugh’s false and misleading committee testimony. Ford has accused Kavanaugh of physical and sexual assault, an accusation he vehemently denies.

State Police initiate voluntary and anonymous collection program for 'bump-stocks'

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 10:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont State Police barracks across Vermont will begin accepting “bump-fire stocks” from the public effective immediately following passage of new firearms-related laws earlier this year. Act 94 amends Vermont state law to prohibit the possession of bump-fire stocks. Under the new law, possession of a bump-fire stock is punishable by up to one year in prison and $1,000 in fines.

Be a Buddy! 9th Annual Champlain Valley Buddy Walk, Sunday, Oct 7

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 4:10am -- tim

Champlain Valley Down Syndrome Group The 9th Annual Champlain Valley Buddy Walk will take place at Burlington's Battery Park on Sunday, October 7, with on-site registration opening at noon and the walk commencing at 1 PM. More than 200 people are expected to attend the event, which is one of 250 Walks across the country this fall to raise awareness and funds for programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families.

UVM announces 2018-19 SPARK-VT Grant recipients

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 4:15pm -- katie

Three innovative projects spanning the fields of regenerative medicine, electrophysiology, and infectious diseases were selected to receive SPARK-VT research funding following a June 22 proposal presentation meeting at which University of Vermont faculty applicants pitched ideas to a panel of consultants from the biomedical and biotech arena. The awardees include Professors Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., Jason Botten, Ph.D., and Peter Spector, M.D.

Leahy releases summary for Defense/LHHS “Minibus” Appropriations Package

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 10:44am -- katie

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released a summary compiled by the Senate Appropriations Committee Minority staff of the conference agreement for the Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies “minibus” appropriations package. 

Leahy said: “This agreement invests in the American people and ensures that the government remains open into December.  Just as importantly, Congress, Republicans and Democrats, rejected President Trump’s draconian budget cuts, which would have slashed programs in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill by $10.7 billion.

UVMMC management and nurses reach stalemate in contract negotiations

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 10:40am -- katie

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine University of Vermont Medical Center President Eileen Whalen stated in a press release Thursday that it has offered a "last, best and final offer" to the nurses union after negotiations broke down. The union has been working without a contract since early July and went on a two-day strike in mid-July. Whalen said the hospital still would negotiate with the union as required by law but will not change its offer.

Green Mountain Care Board establishes 2019 hospital budgets

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 10:32am -- katie

The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) approved Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budgets for Vermont’s 14 regulated hospitals. This past March and April, the Board provided the hospitals with instructions outlining budget parameters and submission guidelines that included a target of 2.8% for growth in net patient revenue (NPR) from the FY 2018 base to FY 2019 budgets, and allowed hospitals to invest an additional 0.4% in approved health care reform activities.

Kaeck: Affordable child care crucial to workforce development

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 8:18am -- tim

by Sarah Kaeck This summer, we saw two studies about Vermont that appeared in contrast: One rated Vermont as one of the best places to live. The other paints Vermont as a hard place to find employees and run a business. As a business owner and employer, I know both are true, but I believe a crucial piece of the conversation is missing: Why is it hard to recruit employees and, once we recruit them, what structures are in place to keep them here and help them thrive?

Sanders announces $3 Million in Federal Funds for Affordable Housing in Vermont

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Thursday that Vermont will receive $3 million from the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) to build, preserve and rehabilitate affordable rental housing for extremely low-income families. This is the third year in a row that Vermont will receive a $3 million allocation from the Trust Fund, which Sanders helped create.

Leahy wins significant increase In funding for economic development in Vermont border counties

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Thursdaythat a package of appropriations bills approved by the Senate includes $20 million in Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) grant funding, a $5 million increase over the previous year.