by Alicia Freese vtdigger.org The Shumlin administration wants to start sending funds to southeastern Vermont — beginning in the current fiscal year — to help residents prepare for the closure of Vermont Yankee.
by Tim McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine With a beaming Senator Patrick Leahy at his side, General Steven Cray of the Vermont National Guard announced Tuesday afternoon that Vermont would be the "beddown" for 18 F-35A fighter jets. The 158th Fighter Wing is expected to start to receive the planes in 2020. The F-16s now deployed at the base attached to the Burlington International Airport will remain in service until the F-35s arrive and then they will be retired.
Blu-Bin, Inc announces the opening of it's plastic recycling program to all Vermont businesses and organizations interested in increasing the sustainability of their practices. The first participant in this program is the Church Street Ben and Jerry’s, where over a kilogram of waste spoons that previously were headed to the landfill have now been processed and turned into material usable in Blu-Bin's 3D printers.
Vermont Public Radio has announced that reporter Peter Hirschfeld will join the station's capital bureau beginning next month, covering state government and the Vermont Legislature.
Hirschfeld is a leading Vermont journalist who has covered the Statehouse since 2009, most recently as bureau chief for the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. He began his career in 2003, working as a local sports reporter and copy editor at the Times Argus.
Today, Burton Snowboards is honored to officially unveil the 2014 U.S. Snowboarding Team uniforms that all riders representing the United States will wear during competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Sochi Games will mark the third consecutive Olympics where Burton has partnered with U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) to create one-of-a-kind uniforms designed for riders, by riders.
by Hilary Niles vtdigger.org High school senior Annalee Beaulieu told quite a story to Governor Peter Shumlin and a roomful of policy makers, business leaders, activists and young women Tuesday morning at the Statehouse.
“One of the problems I see in our society today is that there is a prevailing notion among many that equality between men and women has been reached,” Beaulieu said.
A home-health care worker, Candice Swan, of Middlebury, Vermont, pled guilty yesterday, in Windsor Superior Court, to six misdemeanor counts of False Pretenses. According to court documents, Ms. Swan falsified timesheets in order to obtain payment for services that were not provided under a Vermont Medicaid program.
With the arrival of the holiday season, Vermonters’ spirit of generosity is getting into full swing, especially in the form of charitable giving. Most Vermonters, however, are unaware that when certain fundraising techniques are used, much of their donation may go to a third-party and not to the charity of their choice. Many donations made through paid fundraisers – companies hired to solicit charitable donations – result in only a small fraction of the gift going to the chosen cause: roughly 25% for gifts to Vermont-based charities.
The Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) announced Tuesday the successful deployment of premium processing and payment functions for individuals and families on Vermont Health Connect (VHC). Individuals and families who have selected plans through VHC will begin receiving invoices in the coming days.
With the support of Newport Mayor Paul Monette, Newport City Council and developer Bill Stenger, Newport is poised to become Vermont’s first city to join AARP’s nationwide Network of Age Friendly Cities. As such, the city embraces the changing demographics of an aging population by focusing on safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services and community engagement opportunities for all ages.
The Board of Trustees of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has selected Gregory Dewey, PhD, to be the College's next president. When he assumes his new role on July 1, 2014, Dewey will become just the eighth president in the school's 132-year history.The college is based in Albany, NY, with a campus in Colchester, Vermont.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org The House Appropriations Committee is getting an early start on the Budget Adjustment Act — the mid-year realignment of state expenditures and revenues.
The committee began with an overview from the Shumlin administration on Monday and this month will go through every line item with department commissioners and agency secretaries.
by Alicia Freese vtdigger.org Once written off as a “nothing burger” by Gov. Peter Shumlin, problems with the payment portion of Vermont Health Connect have forced another delay in the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has affirmed its “A+” rating for bonds issued by the New Hampshire Health and Education Facilities Authority for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Obligated Group (Dartmouth-Hitchcock) on the authority's $200.4 million series 2009 and 2010 bonds. At the same time, Standard & Poor's also revised its outlook from “negative” to “stable.”
Vermont Health Connect Navigators and officials are participating in and hosting upcoming events to educate Vermonters about new health coverage options. More than 200 Navigators are available in communities throughout the state to help Vermonters learn more, enroll in a plan, and access financial help through Vermont Health Connect.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org Dr Jaskanwar Batra is returning to his old job at the Vermont Department of Mental Health. Batra, a psychiatrist, will fill the medical director position that remained vacant after his departure a year ago. He left the department to take a position with Vermont Health Co-op, a health insurance venture that recently dissolved after it failed to obtain approval from the state.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org Entergy Corp representatives and state officials will meet today in Governor Peter Shumlin’s office to negotiate a number of issues related to the shutdown of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.
The Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) Monday announced that premium processing and payment functions to allow individuals and families to enroll in coverage selected through Vermont Health Connect (VHC) will be deployed overnight for a Tuesday launch. Because testing of those functions for small businesses is ongoing, current 2013 plans for employers that have signed up with VHC will be extended into 2014 to ensure there will be no lapse in coverage.
New unemployment claims were up slightly and back over 800 claims. For the week of November 23, 2013, there were 805 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont. This is an increase of 16 from the previous week's total, and 817 fewer than they were a year ago.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org A recent survey confirms what anyone who drives to Montpelier already knows: Parking is a nightmare. And that problem is about to get worse.
The city is planning an urban, multi-modal transit center and park on the Carr Lot along River Street that will eat up 100 spaces. Construction is set to begin in October 2014.
Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, announced today that the previously announced acquisition of Tops Holding II by a group of senior managers of the Company led by Tops president and CEO,
by Hilary Niles vtdigger.org Vermont’s position in the corridor between the global aerospace hubs of Connecticut and Québec will come into focus Monday at the fourth International Aerospace Innovation Forum in Montreal.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock gastroenterologist Corey Siegel, MD, MS, is no stranger to patients having colonoscopy jitters. He knows that fear of the unknown holds a lot of patients back: 28 percent of those over age 50 have not been screened for colon cancer, largely due to fears about the preparation and the procedure itself. Siegel, along with Geisel School of Medicine graduate Jonathan
by Alicia Freese vtdigger.org Homelessness is on the rise in Vermont, according to the most recent federal data. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last week released its annual report, which tallies homelessness across the nation on a single day in January.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Vermont State of Vermont are seeking public input on a recently released draft proposal to restore Lake Champlain. Also released is a timeline for completing the Lake Champlain restoration plan, which includes a number of opportunities for the public to get involved.
According to GasBuddy.com, Vermont gasoline prices are $3.49 per gallon today, which is 17 cents lower than they were a year ago. The national price for gasoline this Thanksgiving will average $3.27 per gallon, 16 cents per gallon less than last Thanksgiving, and 5 cents per gallon cheaper than 2011.