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Building Bright Futures kicks off statewide process to design Vermont’s early learning system

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 1:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The question of how Vermont can and should invest in its youngest citizens was a major focus in the State House this legislative session and it’s looking like next year’s budget will include a small but much-needed funding increase for early care and learning programs. As the Legislature adjourns for the year, efforts to make high-quality child care accessible and affordable to all Vermont families who need it will continue moving full steam ahead. 

Don Turner: Act now to make Vermont more affordable

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:45am -- tim

by Representative Don Turner The time to act is now. The Legislature faces a rare opportunity to make Vermont more affordable for all. The Affordable Care Act requires re-negotiations of all teacher health insurance plans before January 1, 2018. This provision allows the state to save money by dropping the high premium or “Cadillac” insurance plans. Working alongside the Vermont School Boards Association and the Vermont Superintendents Association, Gov.

Mike Smith: Falsehoods and innuendos

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 3:55am -- tim

by Mike Smith The attack usually comes from someone you don’t know. Their goal is to supplant the truth with doubt, to undermine credibility and diminish achievements, and to destroy character for reasons that often remain unknown. They are like thieves, bent on robbing those human qualities that are most valuable to their victims—qualities such as integrity and honor. And no one is immune from these personal attacks. I know, because what I just described happened to me.

GMP, Tesla team up on electric storage plan

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 12:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power announced Friday a first-of-its-kind program that includes the Tesla Powerwall 2 and utilizes Tesla’s cutting-edge GridLogic software platform. According to Kristin Carlson, GMP's VP of Strategic & External Affairs, this partnership will help customers make a dramatic step forward in energy independence by using stored energy to help drive down the costs of the grid and improve the comfort, energy use, and resilience of their own homes.

Leonine: Adjournment delayed again

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 12:11pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs While the Vermont General Assembly initially planned to adjourn Friday, May 6th, a disagreement between the Democratic-controlled legislature and Republican Governor, Phil Scott regarding education spending and teacher health insurance contracts prevented that from happening. As a result, the plan was to come back on Wednesday of this week for a two day session to wrap things up. However, even after going an extra day through today (Friday), the legislature and administration still had not reached an agreement. As a result, the full Senate plans to return on Wednesday or Thursday next week (5/17 or 5/18). The full House could return as early as Tuesday (5/16) and will be notified by email as to the exact return date.

Ben & Jerry's celebrates Bob Marley with One Love flavor

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 11:03am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine "One love, one heart..." So begins one of the most recognized songs in reggae history. Bob Marley's memorable refrain is a call for global compassion, and is a perfect anthem for Ben & Jerry's latest flavor, One Love. The flavor concoction that came to fruition in partnership with the Marley family pays homage to the legendary performer and his vision for a better world.

Mamava stands up for the rights of mothers (and babies)

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 6:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This Mother's Day, Mamava, maker of the world's first free standing lactation suite, is standing in solidarity with breastfeeding mothers and their babes with the release of a video announcing their new mobile locator app. The Mamava app provides a digital solution for the struggle endured by every breastfeeding mom: the lack of dignified space to express breastmilk.

Cliff tops closed to protect nesting peregrines

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 4:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Hiking Vermont’s hillsides is a great way to enjoy a spring day, but the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Audubon Vermont recommend you check to see if the area you’re planning to hike or climb is open. Several cliff areas are currently closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department partners with Audubon Vermont to monitor the sites throughout the nesting season.