Vermont Business Magazine Casella Waste Systems, Inc (NASDAQ:CWST), a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company based in Rutland, today announced two transactions relating to certain of its industrial revenue bonds, including its VEDA and FAME bonds.
by Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle I was excited to announce last week that Vermont employers, as well as Vermonters who are collecting unemployment, will both benefit from three changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program starting July 1, 2018. Due to the health of the unemployment insurance trust fund, the Department of Labor anticipates a reduction in the average UI tax rate paid by employers, while increasing the maximum weekly benefit amount for those temporarily collecting unemployment benefits. If this positive economic trend continues, employers will also see a $2,000 reduction in the taxable wage base on January 1, 2019.
Vermont Business Magazine The Community College of Vermont (CCV) will hold its 51st commencement ceremony at Norwich University’s Shapiro Field House in Northfield, Vermont on June 2, 2018. The ceremony will begin at 2 pm. The College is pleased to announce that Jen Kimmich, co-founder of The Alchemist Brewery in Waterbury and Stowe, will deliver this year's commencement address. In addition to creating the famous Heady Topper, Kimmich and her husband John are well known for their innovative entrepreneurship, environmentalism and philanthropy.
Vermont Business Magazine According to a press release from the Vermont National Guard issued at 2:30 this afternoon, six US Army soldiers were reported injured during an avalanche while performing advanced mountaineering training in Easy Gully, Smugglers' Notch, Vermont, at approximately 1 pm Wednesday. Two Cambridge rescue units were dispatched to the scene. This information was updated at 4:30 to indicate that five of the six soldiers injured during the avalanche were transported to UVM Medical Center for treatment. None of the injuries appear to be life threatening.
Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank NA branches across New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Massachusetts recently joined together to host a canned food drive throughout February. The more than 100 participating branches collected 6,668 items and $500 in donations for local food pantries, shelves and banks, surpassing the original goal of 2,018 items.
Vermont Business Magazine Vail Resorts, Inc (NYSE: MTN) announced today that Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont and Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire, as well as Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado, will join the industry-leading Epic Pass in a long-term alliance beginning in the 2018-19 winter season, bringing the total to 64 mountain resorts in 11 states and provinces and eight countries for skiers and snowboarders. Vail owns Stowe Mountain Resort. Vail and rival Aspen/Alterra and its Mountain Collective and Ikon passes (Sugarbush Vermont and Taos and Jackson Hole in the West, among others) have been signing up resorts around the world for their respective shared ski passes.
Vermont Business Magazine On March 21, Business owners, CEOs, company presidents and human resources directors from 81 Vermont worksites will receive awards for their onsite efforts to promote physical fitness and a healthy work-life balance. Governor Phil Scott, state health commissioner Mark Levine, and Janet Franz, chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, will present the awards during a ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Burlington.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced that workers’ compensation insurance rates will continue to improve for a second year in a row. It will cost less for most Vermont employers when the new rates approved by the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) become effective on April 1. The log hauling industry will be the biggest benefactors and overall it will save Vermont employers $10 million a year.
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday as thousands of students walked out of schools across the country to protest gun violence. Sanders read some of the names of Vermonters killed by gun violence. See below for Sanders' remarks.
Vermont Business Magazine The House gave preliminary approval today to the Sexual Harassment Prevention Bill (H.707) on a vote of 131-2. Two additional bills will be up for consideration later this week, including H.639, which bans cost-sharing for breast imaging services and H.404, which establishes Medicaid reimbursement for long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).
Vermont Business Magazine On February 14, Aspenti Health was presented with the prestigious Jack Barry Award during Recovery Day at the Vermont State House. Aspenti received this honor for its "Change Corridor," a Stigma Prevention Awareness Campaign at the Burlington International Airport.
by Paul Cillo, Public Assets Institute While the bill has provisions that would improve the current system, it also unfortunately makes the school funding system more complicated for voters and consequently weakens the connection between voters and the tax consequences of their votes on school budgets.