by Amy Ash Nixon vtdigger.org A spending cap added to the House Education Committee’s “big bill,” at the eleventh hour last week in an attempt to put the brakes on rising school budgets is drawing intense criticism.
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims increased for the second week after a long down-trend. Claims had risen in the late fall and peaked around the holidays and had then fallen back in January. For the week of February 28, 2015, there were 975 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont. This is an increase of 102 from the previous week's total, and 34 fewer than they were a year ago. In 2014, claims were consistently below 2013 levels on a week-to-week basis.
Technology pay in the United States saw another year of hikes with technology professionals earning $89,450 on average annually, up 2 percent from 2013, according to Dice’s annual salary survey. More than half (61 percent) of technology professionals earned higher salaries in 2014, most frequently citing a merit raise as the reason for the increase. Another 25 percent say they received higher wages due to changing employers within the year. Vermont stood at $87,484 and has regained all the ground lost during the Great Recession.
Attorney General William H Sorrell, the Department of Public Service, the Agency of Natural Resources, and the Department of Health filed Comments today with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regarding Entergy’s proposed plans for decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power facility. Those concerns include whether Entergy has done enough work to determine what contamination currently exists at the plant, and whether Entergy will have enough money to fund all of the needed work.
The Orvis Company, Inc ofManchester, VT ( www.orvis.com) has announced the four recipients of its annual Customer Matching Grant program. Targeted to raise $360,000 or more, these grants are the cornerstone of Orvis' annual commitment of 5 percent of its pre-tax profits to protecting nature. In total, Orvis will raise and contribute more than $1 million to conservation initiatives in 2015.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) is pleased to announce the publication of a new resource, Using Food Hubs to Create Sustainable Farm to School Programs (available here), which explores the key roles that Food Hubs can play in the development, support, and maintenance of successful Farm to School (FTS) programs.
As the incidence of texting and Web use grows, so does the incidence of wireless network problems, with the year-over-year increase driven primarily by issues with data services, including phone and mobile broadband Web, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study — Volume 1 released today.
On February 20, 2015, Judge Thomas Durkin of the Vermont Superior Court Environmental Division issued an order approving a settlement agreement between the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC), Jay Peak Resort, and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation. This agreement will continue to improve water quality and protect streams adjacent to the fast-growing, four-season ski resort in northern Vermont.
Fifteen watershed improvement projects were chosen to receive funding from Vermont's 2015 Watershed Grant Program, according to an announcement from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Forty-four applications were received, requesting a total of $387,744. The 2015 available funding totaled $100,000 and the size of the individual grants to be awarded ranged from $3,500 to $14,000.
Vermont Business Magazine Uncertainty continued in February over Vermont’s tax, as refunding activity skewed, for better or worse, results for the vital Personal Income Tax and for the Corporate Tax. Meanwhile, consumption taxes were disappointing in what is an important tourism month.
Merchants Bancshares, Inc (NASDAQ: MBVT), the parent company of Merchants Bank, today announced that its 2015 Annual Meeting will be held onThursday, May 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. Stockholders of record of the Company's Common Stock as of the close of business on March 30, 2015 are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held at The Essex Resort and Spa, 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452.
Public Service Department Commissioner Chris Recchia announced that the newly revised Vermont Residential and Commercial Building Energy Codes are in effect as of March 1, 2015. The Vermont Residential Building Energy Code, officially called the “Residential Building Energy Standards” (RBES), was initially adopted by the Vermont legislature in May 1997. The Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES), was initially adopted in 2006. The legislation provides for regular review and updates to the provisions in the Code by the Public Service Department (PSD).