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VNRC praises DEC's decision to withdraw Great Hosmer Pond Rule

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine VNRC is praising a decision by DEC to withdraw a proposed rule that would have imposed restrictions on the use of non-motorized boats on Great Hosmer Pond in Craftsbury, Vermont. DEC drafted the rule last year and indicated its intention to formally move the proposal through the rulemaking process. VNRC on behalf of its members, including a number people that are part of the group Friends of Great Hosmer Pond (FoGHP), objected to the draft rule in October.

Donovan, 22 AGs sue FCC over 'illegal rollback' of net neutrality

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Attorney General TJ Donovan joined a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block what they say is the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC and the federal government.

Phil Scott appoints 24 to boards and commissions in December

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of 24 Vermonters to State boards and commissions, made in the month of December. Boards and commissions serve an important role in state government, giving Vermonters numerous opportunities to serve their state and communities. The Governor’s office is currently soliciting applications to fill vacancies and upcoming term expirations. All those interested in serving on a board or commission should visit the Governor’s website at to apply.

Norwich promotes Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty to VP of Communications

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 3:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider announced the promotion of Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty to Vice President of Communications beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Murphy-Moriarty has led Norwich University’s Office of Communications since August 2013, when she was hired as Director of Communications and Marketing. She had previously served as Chief Marketing Officer for the State of Vermont.

Personal Income Tax strong as revenues remain positive

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Personal Income Tax revenues for last month surged and are running ahead of projections. General Fund revenues collected for the month of December totaled $139.62 million, $8.19 million above the consensus cash flow expectation for the month. The monthly consensus cash flow targets were established by the Emergency Board on July 21, 2017 and reflect the General Fund receipts estimated to be collected each month. December marks the sixth month and the halfway point of fiscal year 2018. 

VBSR welcomes Paul Frank + Collins as newest Champion Member

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Board of Directors has announced that Paul Frank + Collins has become VBSR’s newest Champion Member.

“We are very pleased to welcome Paul Frank + Collins to this special level of membership,” said VBSR executive director Jane Campbell. “Given their leadership in some of our workshops on employment issues and their work in renewable energy, having them involved at the Champion level is very appropriate.”

Burlington named a top 100 Best Place to Live

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington has been named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live 2018 by, outpacing more than 2,100 cities (with populations between 20,000 and 350,000) in this data-driven ranking. Ann Arbor, MI, home to the University of Michigan, was ranked Number One. Burlington ranked 24th. As with Burlington and UVM, many of the top cities were university towns.

Sanders to join in launch of Fossil Free US campaign

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders will join prominent climate activists to kick off a new campaign to take on the Trump Administration and the fossil fuel industry on January 31st. The event, Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance, launches Fossil Free US, a campaign led by, calling for an immediate halt to all fossil fuel projects and a fast and just transition to 100 percent renewable energy for all. 

Vail off to sluggish season as snow fall at historic lows out West

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Stowe and Whistler are doing their parts, but historically low snow fall in the western United States has resulted in disappointing results, both in skier days but even more so in associated retail sales. Vail Resorts, Inc (NYSE: MTN) has reported certain ski season metrics for the comparative periods from the beginning of the ski season through January 7, 2018, and for the prior year period through January 8, 2017.

Mullin: Let’s give our kids a healthy start

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:45am -- tim

by Kevin Mullin, GMCB Medical costs in Vermont related to asthma, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease have increased from $1.52 billion in 2010 to $2.04 billion in 2015. According to the Vermont Department of Health, the costs related to chronic diseases are expected to continue increasing by 75 percent from 2010 to 2020. The Vermont Department of Health points to poor diet as one of the three main factors responsible for these diseases.

Gifford brings Vermont MedDrop kiosk to community

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 3:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Unused drugs or over-the-counter medications left in the home can find their way into the hands of children or potential addicts, and in-home disposal methods like flushing down the drain or throwing in the trash can contaminate waterways. Gifford Medical Center has installed a collection kiosk in their main lobby where people can safely dispose of unused or expired medications.