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Scott: Legislature must focus on the fundamentals

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 5:14am -- tim

by Phil Scott At the start of every legislative session since being elected lieutenant governor, I’ve urged legislators to evaluate every proposal based on whether it helps our economy, improves efficiencies or reduces costs. If the answer to any of those questions is “yes,” then I suggested they put it on the front burner. If the answer is “no,” I suggested it go on the back burner.

Unemployment claims increase, but still far lower than last year

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 7:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont's weekly unemployment claims, surged again to over 700 last week, but remain well below the same time last year, when they eclipsed 1,000. For the week of November 21, there were 795 claims, an increase of 129 from the previous week's total and 211 fewer than they were a year ago. Generally, claims have been running below last year's totals. Total claims were up in all regions of the state for the week, but down everywhere for the year.

Settlement reached between National Federation of the Blind and Scribd

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 4:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As a result of a claim filed by Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP attorneys Emily Joselson and Michele Patton, the National Federation of the Blind and Scribd, Inc have agreed to work together to provide access and make content available in Scribd’s subscription reading service and website accessible to the blind by the end of 2017. Available on desktop and mobile devices, Scribd’s service provides users access to e-books, audiobooks and other published content for a flat monthly fee.

Stratton Mountain to open for skiing and riding November 28

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 10:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Stratton Mountain will open for top-to-bottom skiing and riding on Saturday, November 28 with at least 5 trails ranging from novice to intermediate terrain. Stratton snowmakers took advantage of the window of cold weather and fired up over 250 HKD snowguns Sunday evening when the temperatures dipped as low as 12 degrees and have run at full capacity for over 24 hours straight.

State expects to have a say in new nuke rules

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 7:28am -- tim

by Mike Faher/The Commons As Vermont Yankee starts down the road of decommissioning, one of the biggest complaints has been the lack of a map. That’s about to change, as the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission on November 19 formally announced its intent to develop new, detailed regulations for decommissioning power plants. An initial public-comment period runs through January 4.

Holcombe: Giving thanks for Vermont's educators

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 6:10am -- tim

by Rebecca Holcombe Ask anyone in Vermont about his or her favorite educator, and you are likely to get an animated response. In fact, chances are that if you ask people about who had the greatest influence on them, many will name a teacher. Even Vermont Governor Shumlin has attributed much of his success to the skill and patience of a Vermont teacher. On this Thanksgiving, when you sit down to enjoy a hearty meal with family and friends, take a moment to give thanks to our Vermont educators.

Gasoline average in US projected to hit $1.99 on Thanksgiving, first time since 2009

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 5:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine GasBuddy projects that by Thanksgiving Day the national average will be $1.99 per gallon, nearly 80 cents per gallon cheaper than last year and $1.29 per gallon cheaper than 2013. As prices at the pump have plunged, the number of states seeing average prices under $2 per gallon has more than tripled in the last two weeks, rising to 19 states, with nearly 60% of all US gas stations now selling below $2 per gallon.

Town Fair Tire opens in Rutland

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 3:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The ribbon is cut at the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Town Fair Tire which opened recently at 162 South Main Street in Rutland. Town Fair Tire has 91 tire store locations throughout CT, MA, ME, NH, RI & has opened its first location in VT in Rutland. Town Fair Tire offers several brands of tires, tire rotation, tire change over, wheels and alignment.

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Attorney General Sorrell warns of ongoing credit card fraud

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 11:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As Vermonters head into the holiday buying season, Attorney General Sorrell reminds consumers to take steps to protect themselves from being the victims of credit card theft and fraud. Data security breaches and credit card fraud continue to be a significant problem, causing millions of dollars in losses each year. Consumers should take the following steps to protect themselves: