Vermont Business Magazine Personal Income Tax revenues for last month surged and are running ahead of projections. General Fund revenues collected for the month of December totaled $139.62 million, $8.19 million above the consensus cash flow expectation for the month. The monthly consensus cash flow targets were established by the Emergency Board on July 21, 2017 and reflect the General Fund receipts estimated to be collected each month. December marks the sixth month and the halfway point of fiscal year 2018.
Vermont Business Magazine Burlington has been named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live 2018 by Livability.com, outpacing more than 2,100 cities (with populations between 20,000 and 350,000) in this data-driven ranking. Ann Arbor, MI, home to the University of Michigan, was ranked Number One. Burlington ranked 24th. As with Burlington and UVM, many of the top cities were university towns.
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders will join prominent climate activists to kick off a new campaign to take on the Trump Administration and the fossil fuel industry on January 31st. The event, Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance, launches Fossil Free US, a campaign led by 350.org, calling for an immediate halt to all fossil fuel projects and a fast and just transition to 100 percent renewable energy for all.
Vermont Business Magazine Stowe and Whistler are doing their parts, but historically low snow fall in the western United States has resulted in disappointing results, both in skier days but even more so in associated retail sales. Vail Resorts, Inc (NYSE: MTN) has reported certain ski season metrics for the comparative periods from the beginning of the ski season through January 7, 2018, and for the prior year period through January 8, 2017.
by Kevin Mullin, GMCB Medical costs in Vermont related to asthma, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease have increased from $1.52 billion in 2010 to $2.04 billion in 2015. According to the Vermont Department of Health, the costs related to chronic diseases are expected to continue increasing by 75 percent from 2010 to 2020. The Vermont Department of Health points to poor diet as one of the three main factors responsible for these diseases.
by John McClaughry The House and Senate health care committee chairs in Montpelier are pondering new adventures in health care policy for 2018. High on their list is a Vermont individual insurance mandate. The mandate to purchase government-approved insurance has had a four year run in Washington.
Vermont Business Magazine Unused drugs or over-the-counter medications left in the home can find their way into the hands of children or potential addicts, and in-home disposal methods like flushing down the drain or throwing in the trash can contaminate waterways. Gifford Medical Center has installed a collection kiosk in their main lobby where people can safely dispose of unused or expired medications.
Vermont Business Magazine One hundred years ago, Putnam Memorial Hospital opened its doors in Bennington. While the facility, practices, and technology have changed dramatically throughout the century, the commitment to delivering exceptional health care to the community has remained constant. In honor of its Centennial year and in partnership with the Bennington Museum, Southwestern Vermont Health Care is proud to present artifacts, stories, and images from its 100-year history.
Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power is warning customers about a bill payment phone scam that threatens customers with disconnection within the hour if they do not pay immediately. Customers received calls claiming to be from GMP and giving the customer a fake toll-free number to call, which is answered by a recording claiming to be Green Mountain Power. These calls are not from Green Mountain Power, and customers should hang up if they receive a call with such demands. If customers have any questions about their account status, they should call the authorized phone number for GMP, 888.TEL.GMPC (888.835.4672).
Vermont Business Magazine Liquid Measurement Systems, Inc announced today that the company’s former Chief Operations Officer (COO) and General Counsel, W Scott Fewell, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia firm, effective January 1st. He has taken the reins from the company’s owner, George Lamphere, who assumes the role of Chairman.
Vermont Business Magazine FirstLight, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, announced today that it is substantially complete with the integration of Finger Lakes Technologies Group (“FLTG”) and that FLTG is now officially FirstLight. The brand change follows the acquisition of FLTG by FirstLight in September and marks yet another milestone for the company. FirstLight is also expanding its partnership network,Vermont Business Magazine FirstLight, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, announced today that it is substantially complete with the integration of Finger Lakes Technologies Group (“FLTG”) and that FLTG is now officially FirstLight. The brand change follows the acquisition of FLTG by FirstLight in September.
Leonine Public Affairs The second week of the legislative session was quiet. Aside from the Senate passing the marijuana legalization bill not much action was taken in either chamber. The legalization bill now moves to Governor Scott’s desk for his signature and he has confirmed he will sign it. When the governor signs the bill, Vermont will become the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation opposed to referendum. However, beyond marijuana legalization the committees have not yet advanced many bills to the House and Senate floors, which is typical at this early stage of the session.