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Unions OK strike authorization in Vermont and Maine, wait on NH

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:49pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine At meetings across Northern New England last week, union members in Maine and Vermont voted to authorize union leaders to call a strike at FairPoint Communications, union representatives have said. Members in New Hampshire are expected to complete their voting process by Thursday, according to a union leader.

Vermont attorney general files suit against 5-hour ENERGY maker

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:03pm -- tim

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has filed suit against Living Essentials, LLC and Innovation Ventures, LLC, the makers, marketers and sellers of 5-hour ENERGY®. The Complaint alleges that the companies repeatedly violated the Vermont Consumer Protection Act by making deceptive promotional claims about their product.

Vermont gained construction jobs for the month, year

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont gained construction jobs between May and June and also over the last 12 months, according to a new report. The state ranked 14th for job gains for the month and 18th over the last 12 months, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. For the US, more states have gained than lost, but the recovery from the Great Recession remains choppy.

Welch tourism bill gets unanimous committee vote

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 1:19pm -- tim

Aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen III on Burlington’s waterfront on Friday, Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) announced the advancement of his bipartisan legislation to boost Vermont as a destination for international visitors. Welch’s bill, the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014 (HR 4450), reauthorizes the successful Brand USA tourism promotion program for five additional years. Cosponsored by Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), the bill was unanimously approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week.

Vermonters celebrate new law legalizing sampler flights of beer, wine and liquor

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:11pm -- tim

Just prior to the start of the 2014 Vermont Brewers Festival, a sold-out event this past weekend that drew thousands to Burlington’s Waterfront to celebrate the state’s craft beer industry, Governor Peter Shumlin was joined today by lawmakers, restaurant and bar owners, and distributors to celebrated a new law legalizing sampler flights of beer, wine and spirituous beverages.

CVMC main parking entrance closed starting July 22

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:01am -- tim

Starting at 7 am Tuesday July 22 the main entrance road to Central Vermont Medical Center on Fisher Road in Berlin (at the traffic light to the mall) will be closed for reconstruction and repaving of the entrance road.  There will be a temporary entrance road between Buildings C and D. This will be well marked and there will be officers and flaggers to help direct traffic. The main entrance to the Emergency Department off of Fisher Road will remain open

Fitch upgrades Fletcher Allen Health Care's bond rating to ‘A-‘, outlook 'stable'

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 1:46pm -- tim

Fletcher Allen Health Care announced today that Fitch Ratings, one of the major New York City-based bond rating services, has upgraded the institution’s bond rating from  'BBB+' to ‘A-’ with a “Stable” outlook. Fitch based its decision not only on Fletcher Allen’s financial performance but also on the way that Fletcher Allen Partners was successfully able to integrate the New York-based hospitals into the system without any negative impact on the system’s operating or financial metrics.

Opinion: Despite EPA 'pass,' Vermont faces carbon reduction challenges

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 1:38pm -- tim

by Guy Page State officials celebrated Vermont getting a “pass” after the US EPA announced June 2 its state-by-state plan to reduce power-related carbon emissions 30% nationwide by 2030. Lacking any full-time fossil-fuel powered electricity generating plants, it is not surprising that Vermont is exempt from the new rule. While this may seem like a victory for the Green Mountain State, our energy policy has actually left us “browner,” more vulnerable to price increases from the new rule, and virtually powerless over how our electricity is generated.

Vermont Housing & Conservation Board grants $384,000 for Vermont dairy farm infrastructure improvements

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:27am -- ayla

Gov. Peter Shumlin joined members of the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program (VFFVP) on the Sizen Farm Thursday to announce $384,831 in grant awards to 17 farmers for projects to construct, expand, repair or upgrade facilities to improve herd management, working conditions, and cow health.