IBM likely candidate for $4.5 million state incentive

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:57am -- tim

by Hilary Niles When Governor Peter Shumlin on Monday announced a new scheme to induce a company in dire circumstances to stay in Vermont, he left little doubt that IBM would be a prime and likely candidate for the plan. He acknowledged as much Wednesday.

“I have read the same information that you have in the press about IBM,” Shumlin responded after a press conference.

Legislators want to set February 2015 deadline for universal health care funding plan

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:05am -- tim

by Morgan True A new legislative proposal would freeze the funding for the Shumlin administration’s transition to a universal health care program if officials don’t present lawmakers with public financing details by February 2015. Governor Shumlin wants the universal program to go live on January 1, 2017. But fiscal year 2017 begins on July 1, 2016, and lawmakers want to have enough time to develop and pass a funding scheme, which could profoundly alter the tax code.

Working Lands Enterprise Board announces $300,000 to 19 working lands businesses

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:30am -- tim

The Working Lands Enterprise Board announces this year’s grant recipients from its “Enterprise Investment” area awarding just under $300,000 of $1.2 million available to 19 grantees in 11 counties of the state representing the agriculture, forestry and forest products sectors, (3 forestry projects and 16 agriculture projects), leveraging over $350,000 in matching funds.

Opinion: Standing together to protect Lake Champlain

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:49am -- tim

by Secretaries Deb Markowitz, Brian Searles, Chuck Ross and Lawrence Miller This Earth Day, we can take pride that Vermonters are working together – farmers, loggers, businesses, citizens, and local, state and federal officials in every corner of the state – to ensure that we protect and restore Lake Champlain and all of the state’s waters.  Not only is this necessary to continue our tradition of protecting our environment and quality of life, but it is essential if we are to continue to enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, and viewing wildlife on our beautiful lake, as well a