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Shumlin administration, task force make climate change mitigation recommendations

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 5:08am -- tim

by John Herrick Vermont and two dozen other states affected by floods, drought and wildfires have sent a letter to the White House recommending changes in how the federal government responds to extreme weather events linked to climate change. Twenty-six governors, mayors, county officials, and tribal leaders from across the United States delivered a report to the Obama administration last week.

Shumlin Administration directs $17 million in spending reductions to ensure balanced budget

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Although Vermont’s slow economic recovery continues, state revenues have not performed as well as economists had projected and the state has experienced upward budget pressures. The Shumlin Administration today directed state agencies and departments to prepare plans to reduce General Fund spending by up to $17 million for the current fiscal year to ensure a balanced budget without raising broad-based taxes.

It is NOT the IRS calling

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 3:44pm -- tim

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is warning that hundreds of Vermont consumers have reported receipt of recorded robocalls or live phone calls from persons identifying themselves as IRS agents. The caller threatens legal action if an alleged outstanding debt to the IRS is not paid immediately. The callers then direct the consumer to call a phone number and make immediate payment by credit card or other direct means of payment. This is a scam.

GMP crews prepared for first major snowfall of the season

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 2:58am -- tim

The first major winter storm of the season is upon us and Green Mountain Power is ready to respond to outages caused by wet heavy snow beginning in southern Vermont and making its way north throughout Wednesday and into Thursday.  In preparation of the storm, hundreds of GMP employees have been stationed around the state and crews will work around the clock and throughout the holiday tomorrow, as necessary, to restore outages as quickly as possible. In addition, GMP has lined up additional lineworkers and tree trimmers to be available should wet, heavy snow cause extensive damage.

Vermont AG settles claims against discount membership company and JC Penney

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:42pm -- tim

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has settled consumer protection claims against Stonebridge Benefit Services, Inc, a seller of discount membership programs, and against JC Penney Company, Inc, which provided Stonebridge with consumer credit card information. Under the settlement, Stonebridge will pay a total of over $400,000 to Vermont consumers and the State.

SVMC Rheumatology announces increased availability

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:50am -- tim

Rheumatology patients will notice that it will be easier to get an appointment at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Rheumatology.  Carol Louise Young, MD has joined the practice. As a result, appointments will be available four days a week. The office – which is located at 140 Hospital Drive, Suite 307 in Bennington – is now open 7 am–3 pm Monday through Thursday, closed for the lunch hour.

“I look forward to bringing personalized patient evaluation, education and treatment options to my patients with painful, life-changing conditions,” Young said. to refund Vermont runners

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:48am -- tim

Over 1,500 Vermont consumers may receive more than $160,000 from Active Network, LLC, a Texas-based company that provides an online platform for individuals to register for races and other recreational activities. The refunds stem from Active’s deceptive method of signing consumers up for its discount membership program – ActiveAdvantage – during online registration for races, according to the Vermont Attorney General.