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Report finds generic drugs save Vermont $377 million with more competition to help lower costs

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 4:15pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine – Annual savings from generic prescription drugs totaled $377 million for Vermont, according to the new 2016 Generic Drug Savings and Access in the United States report, compiled by the QuintilesIMS Institute on behalf of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA).

Leahy comments on the calls by some Senate Republicans for permanent obstruction of judicial nominees

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:51pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - “Eight months ago Republican senators attempted to justify their unprecedented obstruction of a Supreme Court nominee by claiming that the American people needed to be heard through the election.  Now that we are on the eve of that democratic moment, some at last are making clear that this justification was simply a political farce.  It should be alarming to anyone who cares about the fair administration of justice, and the integrity of America’s judiciary, that some Republicans are already seeking to undermine the outcome of the upcomin

Milne unveils term limit reform proposals

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 11:25am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - U.S. Senate candidate Scott Milne today unveiled a plan to achieve term limits in Congress.

Milne has taken a two-term pledge and his campaign is focused on government reform.  

“The longer a person is in Washington, the cozier they get with lobbyists and special interests, and the further removed from the people and values that sent them there.

Leahy: It's time for a national standard to protect consumer information

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 11:23am -- katie

Vermont Business MagazineBy Patrick Leahy More than 500 million people recently learned that the highly sensitive information they provided Yahoo was hacked and stolen.  The stolen data included usernames, masked passwords, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and security questions and answers.  This treasure trove of information has the potential to allow criminals to hack into other accounts of these same consumers, including online bank accounts or social media profiles, by decrypting the passwords or using their security ques

Burlington Electric encourages community to 'Share the Warmth'

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 9:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department today is encouraging the Burlington community to contribute to the WARMTH Support Program of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO), leading by example with its own $20,000 gift that will help Burlingtonians and Vermonters with heating emergencies this winter.  During last year’s 2015-16 heating season, WARMTH served 394 Burlington households with 648 assists, or direct payments to BED to keep the heat on, totaling more than $53,000.

Chamber Of Commerce launches Member 2 Member Fuel Discount Program

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 6:34am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine The Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the launch of their Member 2 Member Benefit Program with a special discounted rate on fuel offered through three local fuel companies. This program is open to Chamber member businesses and their employees. Member 2 Member benefit programs bring value to chamber membership by offering appealing discounted programs or goods from members to members.

USDA helps Vermont businesses make energy investments

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 12:00am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided capital support to 17 Vermont businesses transitioning to renewable or energy efficient technologies to cut costs and reduce energy consumption this year. Vermont farms and small businesses used more than $3 million in grants and loan guarantees through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

Vermont All-Payer ACO Model joins growing state-based efforts to deliver better health care and reduce costs

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 3:43pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the state of Vermont jointly announced today the Vermont All-Payer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model, a new initiative aimed at accelerating delivery system reform for Vermont residents. The Vermont All-Payer ACO Model aims to transform health care for the entire state and its population.

Gov. Shumlin appoints Trautz as Washington County Assistant Judge

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 3:30pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine - Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced the appointment of Otto Trautz to replace Washington County Assistant Judge Otto Kinzel.

“Otto’s longstanding experience with state government, his budget expertise, and his thoughtful temperament make him a strong addition to Vermont’s assistant judges,” Gov. Shumlin said.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettles will make annual appearance starting in November

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:30pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine The Salvation Army is hoping that its annual Christmas Kettle Campaign will mean a brighter holiday season for struggling men, women and children in Vermont. Funds raised through the familiar red kettles are vital to The Salvation Army’s programs and services. This year’s statewide campaign goal is $223,236.00 as Salvation Army leaders attempt to meet the increasing demands for assistance. The charitable organization expects to have more than 80 red kettles throughout the state on street corners and shopping areas through December 24th.

Sterling College recognized as top performer in 2016 Sustainable Campus Index

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:25pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Sterling College has been recognized as a top performer in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, achieving the top spot for Food & Dining, tying for first for Grounds and Coordination & Planning, ranking third in Curriculum, and third overall among 60 leading sustainable baccalaureate institutions.

Vermont Historical Society presents the League of Local Historical Societies & Museums Achievement Award

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:18pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Every year the Vermont Historical Society presents the League of Local Historical Societies & Museums Achievement Awards. These awards recognize the exceptional work being done by individuals and community heritage organizations throughout the state to collect, preserve and share Vermont’s rich history. Four Awards were presented this year in conjunction with the League of Local Historical Societies and Museums Annual Meeting on October 15, 2016 in Castleton, VT.