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Welch grills EPA Administrator Pruitt on misuse of taxpayer funds

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:39pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine This afternoon, at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont) sharply questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt on his misuse of taxpayer funds. Welch has co-sponsored a House ‘no confidence’ resolution (H.Res. 834) in response to Pruitt’s reported ethics violations, misuse of taxpayer funds, and policy actions that have undermined the agency’s core mission at the expense of the environment, public health and science.

Senate passes Leahy-led resolution urging China to respect Tibetan human rights

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 3:45pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine The US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution calling on China to respect human rights and religious freedom in Tibet. Introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the resolution addresses one of the most important issues for the future of Tibet: the right of Tibetan Buddhists to determine their own leadership, including a future 15th Dalai Lama, free of outside interference from the Chinese government. The Senate passed the resolution Wednesday night.

Stroll will host a Women’s Expo at the River Garden in Brattleboro, May 3

On Thursday, May 3 from 5:00 to 8:30 P.M., Strolling of the Heifers presents A Women’s Expo at the River Garden in Brattleboro.

Strolling of the Heifers celebrates women at this fun and casual Women’s Expo. Downtown Brattleboro’s River Garden will open its doors at 5:00 on Thursday, May 3 for this free event, which is open to the public.

Vermont Federal CU receives Wellness award, again

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 3:23pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine On March 21, Amanda Reid, HR Specialist at Vermont Federal Credit Union, accepted the 2018 Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award at the Worksite Wellness Conference. The award highlights worksites around the state and their efforts to promote the health and wellness of employees. Cynthia Turner, Vice President of Human Resources, and Sara Klein, HR Manager, were also recognized as outstanding individuals who played a crucial role in Vermont Federal Credit Union’s 2017 wellness program.

GMP extends deadline to enter and win Rutland Innovation Home

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 1:57pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Rutland’s Innovation Home, a super-efficient home to be given away in a contest designed to raise awareness about available jobs, energy innovation and the community, is weeks ahead of schedule – and organizers are extending the deadline to apply to win it. Green Mountain Power, Naylor & Breen Builders, the United Way of Rutland County, NBF Architects and dozens of partners started the project Feb.

Vermont gasoline prices up 9 cents in one week

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 1:21pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Average retail gasoline prices in Vermont have risen 9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.80/gallon Thursday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of gas outlets in the state. Burlington-area prices have risen to an average of $2.88. The southern counties of the state having the lowest, with the cheapest prices in Windham County, with an average price per gallon of $2.70.

Kurrle: Current minimum wage increases better for low-income workers

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 12:27pm -- Anonymous

by Lindsay Kurrle As the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and the former owner of a small gas station and convenience store, the conversations on minimum wage are something I’ve followed and evaluated closely for years, understanding both the impact on hard-working Vermonters and small businesses.

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