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Shap Smith, Millers win Democrats' David Curtis awards

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Former House Speaker Shap Smith and Sam & Mary Miller are the winners of this year’s David W Curtis Leadership Awards. The award is given to "outstanding" Vermont Democrats and the winners will be celebrated on May 5th at the 18th Annual David W Curtis Awards at the Burlington Hilton. Guest speaker will be New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

VT independent doctors join trade association to help practices survive

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Frustrated by the increasing pressures on independent doctors to sell out to hospitals and health systems, a group of doctors from HealthFirst, Vermont’s largest independent physician group, has joined the Association of Independent Doctors, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping private practices survive. The move establishes the Vermont Chapter of AID, while reinforcing HealthFirst’s resolve to do what’s best for patients and help independent doctors maintain their small practices. The head of Vermont's largest hospital organization said they've only acquired private practices when they've been approached by the doctors themselves.

Scheuermann: Start paying attention

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:00am -- tim

by Representative Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) With two weeks left in the 2017 Legislative Session, it is time for Vermonters to really start paying attention.  After all, this is the time that just about anything can happen. The most recent dust up came late last week when the Vermont NEA, the statewide teacher's union, blasted Governor Phil Scott for working with the Vermont School Boards Association and the Vermont Superintendents Association to develop and propose a new Statewide Health Benefit for teachers and school employees that will provide $26 million in savings to Vermonters.

Saint Michael's College joins alliance to expand access to lower-income families

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 9:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Saint Michael's College has been invited to join the 30 founding members from the nation’s most respected colleges and universities in a new initiative to substantially expand the number of talented low- and moderate-income students at America’s top-performing undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates.

Vermont is Number One in nation for Health Security Preparedness

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 6:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For the second year running, Vermont scored highest among the 50 states and District of Columbia in public health protection readiness, according to the new National Health Security Preparedness Index. The Index measures the nation's ability to keep people safe and healthy in the event of epidemics, foodborne disease outbreaks, terrorism and other large-scale public health emergencies. Overall, Vermont scored 7.8 out of 10 points, compared to the national average of 6.8. 

McClaughry: Four new bills to levy a carbon tax

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:07am -- tim

by John McClaughry Not so long ago – 2015 – the carbon tax was all the rage among such organizations as VPIRG, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Conservation Law Foundation, and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Their argument was straightforward. Humankind’s penchant for making use of fossil fuels is (so they believe) inexorably driving the planet toward catastrophic warming by the end of this century. The hour is late! “The science is settled”!  Anyone who harbors any doubt is an ignorant yahoo or a tool of the fossil fuel interests!

VEDA approves $54.7 million in financing

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $57.4 million in bond and loan financing to support a variety of economic development projects throughout Vermont. "VEDA is pleased to make tax-exempt bond financing available for a large-scale nonprofit development project that will produce jobs," said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley.

Berkshire Hills reports Q1 2017 earnings, dividend declared

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc (NYSE: BHLB), the parent company of Berkshire Bank with branches in southwestern Vermont, reported on Monday first quarter 2017 earnings of $15.5 million, or 44 cents per share. Core earnings totaled $19.4 million, or $0.55 per share. Net income increased by 50 percent over the prior quarter and core earnings increased by 8 percent, including the first full quarter benefit of the acquired First Choice operations. Non-core after-tax merger charges totaled $0.12 per share for the quarter.

Scott appoints John Quinn as Agency of Digital Services Secretary

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of John Quinn as Secretary of Digital Services and Chief Information Officer. Quinn will lead the Agency of Digital Services (ADS), which was created by Gov. Scott under Executive Order 06-17 to establish a unified organizational structure for the state’s Information Technology (IT) portfolio.

Donovan joins action against rollback of student loan protections

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Donovan today joined a multistate letter calling out the US Department of Education for abdicating its responsibility to millions of student loan borrowers. The Department is revoking critical reforms designed to help students avoid default and curtail loan servicer misconduct. The multistate letter – co-sponsored by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and joined by 19 attorneys general and the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii – was sent to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in opposition to the Department’s recent rollback of guidance intended to protect student loan borrowers and reform the student loan servicing industry.