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Governor's veto sustained

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The House today again failed to override Governor Phil Scott's budget veto. Needing 94 votes to override, the vote was 90-51, with nine absent. The roll call and comments by legislators are below. If a budget agreement is not resolved by July 1, state government will shut down. Governor Scott vetoed the new budget, H13, June 14.

AGs call for end to separating families

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 2:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan and 20 other state attorneys general called on United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the cruel and illegal attacks on children and families lawfully seeking asylum in the United States. These families are seeking protection from domestic, sexual, and gang violence. In recent weeks, the federal government has separated thousands of asylum-seeking children from their parents. It has also reclassified the protective status of international domestic violence survivors.

Brattleboro Retreat and America Works to help individuals recovering from opioid addiction

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As the opioid epidemic continues to spread throughout the country, America Works, Inc, and the Brattleboro Retreat have teamed up to offer important workforce development services to individuals who are seeking addiction treatment and who need help establishing a path to meaningful employment. America Works, one of the country’s leading workforce development services, recently opened its first Vermont office, which is located at the Brattleboro Retreat.

Roadside 'poison parsnip' can cause burns, rash

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine State Health and Agriculture officials want Vermonters to steer clear of a common weed often seen along Vermont roadsides. The so-called “poison parsnip” packs a punch that can leave you with the equivalent of a second-degree burn. Formally known as wild parsnip, these plants grow along roadsides and unmaintained areas throughout Vermont, with flowers that look like a yellow version of Queen Anne’s lace.

People's United to acquire First Connecticut Bancorp for $544 million in stock deal

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont People's United Financial, Inc (NASDAQ: PBCT), the holding company for People's United Bank, NA, announced today an agreement to acquire First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc (NASDAQ: FBNK), of Farmington CT, the holding company for Farmington Bank, in a 100 percent stock transaction valued at approximately $544 million. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals and the approval of First Connecticut Bancorp, Inc. shareholders.

Weinberger: Update on Burlington's opioid efforts

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 9:55am -- tim

by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger I am writing to update you on the City’s work to combat the opioid crisis that has made drug overdoses the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years of age. A year and a half ago, the City of Burlington launched CommunityStat, a collaboration of dozens of State, law enforcement, and non-profit agencies to address the terrible toll of this crisis. That effort has inspired new, life-saving initiatives that I am hopeful will help us finally turn the tide of this crisis.

Greshin: A stronger, more sustainable education system

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 9:31am -- tim

by Adam Greshin, Commissioner of Finance & Management Governor Scott believes we can make our education system the very best in the country, if we have the courage to rethink the current system, which is diverting valuable budget dollars away from kids and increasing the tax burden at an unsustainable rate. The K-12 system was built to educate more than 100,000 kids. Today, we’re educating about 76,000. For 20 years, we’ve been serving, on average, three fewer students every day. Our student-to-staff ratio has decreased from about seven kids for every one adult to four to one. And, property tax rates have increased almost every year. 

SVMC offers program for chronic heart failure patients

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 9:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Many patients who would benefit from supervised exercise therapy offered at cardiac rehabilitation programs, like the one at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), don’t know that Medicare covers the expense. Care was extended for stable yet chronic heart failure (CHF) patients in 2014 and for peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients last year.

McClaughry: Poor no more, work first

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 5:14am -- tim

by John McClaughry What society owes to the poor has been a recurring question in this country since colonial times. The modern (post 1935) consensus has fostered the creation of an ever-growing panoply of government programs promising to lift, push, or draw people out of poverty and into an existence sufficiently life-sustaining and dignified to assuage the public conscience.