by Andrew Stein May 24, 2013 vtdigger.org Governor Peter Shumlin responded Thursday to media scrutiny of a recent land deal. He is now saying he will extend a lease for an unspecified period of time to a low-income man who sold his family homestead to the governor in November.
New unemployment claims in Vermont rose last week for the first time in a month. For the week of May 18, 2013, there were 849 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont. This is an increase of 170 from the previous week's total, and 119 fewer than they were a year ago.
The US Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that June 24 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation is posting 511 advisories on road conditions and closings on its http://vtrans.vermont.gov/ website. The most recent closing is the Maidstone State Highway crossing the Connecticut River into New Hampshire is closed due to high water. But there are several others, see below.
FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP), a leading advanced communications provider in northern New England, has expanded broadband to more than 100 homes and businesses in Johnson.
FairPoint’s new fiber-based, high-capacity network offers customers a better, faster way to communicate.
Stephan Morse, chair of the Vermont State Board of Education (SBE), has announced the appointment of a committee charged with conducting a national search for the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Education:
With the heavy rains that drenched Vermont over the past two days causing damage to roads and other infrastructure, Green Mountain Power’s hydro generation team is monitoring its 32 hydro stations and dams across the state.
The Vermont Department of Labor is announcing a potential benefit to Vermont employers who may have been impacted by storm related layoffs in any of the 3 federally declared disasters in 2011. The Vermont Legislature just passed legislation to provide partial State Unemployment Tax Act (SUTA) relief to Vermont employers impacted by the federally declared disasters of 2011 (i.e.
Overall bad mortgages fell in Vermont in March from February, as foreclosures were up one-tenth, but deliquencies were down three-tenths, according to a national rating firm. However, non-current mortgages remained well above levels from the same time last year. The March Mortgage Monitor report released by Lender Processing Services (NYSE: LPS) found that new problem loan rates (seriously delinquent mortgages that were current six months ago) across the country have fallen below 1 percent for the first time since 2007.
The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill this week that included a provision barring the Department of Homeland Security from spending money on studying the merits of a border crossing fee. President Obama proposed the study in his fiscal year 2014 budget.
Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Gene Richards as the permanent Director of Aviation at Burlington International Airport. Richards, a former Chair of the Airport Commission, has been serving as the interim Director of Aviation since Weinberger appointed and the City Council confirmed him in July 2012. Weinberger has asked the City Council to approve the appointment at its June 3, 2013 meeting.
by Andrew Stein May 22, 2013 vtdigger.org When the state audited life insurance policies several years ago, Vermont Treasurer Beth Pearce said that officials learned that some beneficiaries were not aware policies with money for them existed.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $2.3 million in grants to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board in Vermont to protect children and families from the hazards of lead-based paint and from other home health and safety hazards.
With gasoline prices rising, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has proposed an amendment to make US federal regulators follow the lead of Europeans and investigate oil and fuel price manipulation.
Sanders also proposed a 30-day deadline for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to use its emergency powers to curb excessive speculation in crude oil markets.
Local food movements across the country are springing up to counterbalance the failing industrial food system and many are interested in learning from the Vermont Farm to Plate Initiative and how they can replicate it in their own states or regions. A core program of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF), Vermont Farm to Plate is the statewide initiative legislatively directed to strengthen Vermont’s food system and double local food production and access by 2020.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has proposed an amendment to the farm bill that would let Vermont and other states require clear labels on any food or beverage containing ingredients that have been genetically modified.
After a major fall-off in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired electric power plants of 13.1 percent between 2005 and 2012, the first quarter of 2013 has seen a substantial jump in carbon dioxide emissions from coal – a 7.1 percent increase in the first three months of 2013 compared to the same period last year, according to a new Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) analysis of recent data from the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Vermont Attorney General William H Sorrell and the Vermont Department of Public Service, joined by the Attorneys General of Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts, filed a Petition with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) yesterday calling for a more expansive environmental review of the impacts of storing spent nuclear fuel onsite at nuclear power plants.
Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that Linda Rossi has accepted the position of State Director of the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC), effective June 1 of this year. Rossi currently serves as the Associate State Director of the VtSBDC and has worked with the organization since 2005. She is succeeding Lenae Quillen-Blume after many years of service to Vermont Tech and the center.
by Alicia Freese May 21, 2013 vtdigger.org Vermont lawmakers introduced 713 bills this session, ranging from decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana to naming a state native insect. Fewer than 14 percent of them passed in both the House and Senate. That might sound like a lot of legislation for 180 people working for four months to produce, but their bill-making is on pace to be pretty average this biennium.
Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell today announced the resolution of a multistate antitrust investigation against major US book publisher Penguin Group (USA) Inc for price-fixing and collusion in the electronic book (E-book) market. Vermont has reached an agreement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc to settle the state’s allegations that Penguin colluded with other major publishers and Apple Inc to manipulate prices in the E-book market.
GW Plastics has been named the Deane C Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year, Vermont's most prestigious business award. Governor Peter Shumlin announced the winner Wednesday morning. Presented by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the award was given at the kick off of the 29th annual Vermont Chamber Business & Industry EXPO at the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center. Finalists for the award included Green Mountain Power and Instrumart.
Governor Peter Shumlin this morning signed into law a bill that seeks to protect Vermont companies from abusive and bad faith assertions of patent infringement, further encouraging the growth of knowledge-based businesses in Vermont. The governor signed the patent trolling prevention bill in front of an enthusiastic group of business leaders during the opening ceremonies of the Vermont Chamber Business & Industry EXPO. The Vermont attorney general immediately filed suit against one such alleged company.
Susan L Donegan, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, announced Wednesday that the Vermont Health CO-OP has failed to meet Vermont’s insurance standards and has been denied a license to sell health insurance in Vermont. The Vermont Health CO-OP (consumer operated and oriented plan) is a non-profit organization funded by loans from the federal government, which submitted an application to be licensed as a mutual member-owned health insurance company.