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AG Donovan talks with students about civil disobedience

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 4:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today met with the fifth-grade class at JFK Elementary in Winooski to discuss the legacy of Susan B. Anthony, the history of women’s voting rights, and civil disobedience. Today’s discussion is in partnership with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission’s nationwide campaign to teach kids about the 19th Amendment, which was added to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920.

GMP launches green power sharing with peer-to-peer sales platform

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 4:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is empowering Vermont businesses with an app that lets them name their price for renewable power, generated by Vermonters. Now, companies who join this new pilot program can power their business with 100 percent renewable energy by buying it using GMP’s Vermont Green app. 

At Saint Michael’s, major SSE gift aims to name hall for Cronogue

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 11:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Putting their money where their faith is, the Society of Saint Edmund in late July announced a $500,000 gift to Saint Michael’s College, challenging alumni and friends of the Colchester college to match those funds for a total gift of $1 million to secure the dedication of an existing-yet-unnamed campus residence hall in honor of the beloved late campus minister, Father Michael P Cronogue, SSE, who died in October 2016.

Vermont ranks high in 'Best States for Middle Class' report

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 11:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The “American Dream” of homeownership and financial independence is a hallmark of middle-class life. But earning and saving up enough money to comfortably afford a down payment and reduce financial stress has become increasingly difficult. Some states, however, offer better conditions for middle class families. In a new study, national research firm SmartAsset looked at metrics related to income, jobs, taxes and homeownership to find the best states for the middle class and Vermont ranks in the seventh spot. This is by far the highest ranking anywhere in the Northeast.

VSAC launches first gift cards for Vermont’s 529 plan

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 9:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine ’Tis the season for gift-giving and VSAC’s new Gift of College gift card is a game-changer in giving a gift that makes a difference in a child’s future. Vermont Student Assistance Corp, which oversees Vermont’s 529 college savings plan, is partnering with Giftofcollege.com, a registry for online gifts to 529 accounts, to supply the gift cards to Vermont locations of Kinney Drugs and Cumberland Farms.

Vermont Tech ranks first in Vermont for ROI

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 8:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Tech has announced that the college ranks first in the state for return on investment, according to a national report published last week. The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce just released their First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges report, which is the institute’s attempt to quantify the value of an education in the short and long term. 

‘Development is my thing': Melinda Moulton and Main Street Landing

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 11:32am -- tim

by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine The City of Burlington is defined by its waterfront, and its waterfront is defined by the work of Melinda Moulton. Moulton has restored, built or rebuilt some of the waterfront’s most iconic structures, including a stunning restoration of the 1916 Union Station at the foot of Main Street. All the while, she has been proving that you can do well by doing good — really. However, life sometimes circles ‘round and bites you on the butt. Long an outspoken champion of commuter rail, Moulton is now fighting the railroads to preserve her legacy.

McCoy: The carbon tax is back...again

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 3:30am -- tim

by Representative Pattie McCoy As the beginning of the 2020 legislative session approaches, Vermonters should be aware that a carbon tax is being revived--again. This isn’t hype or hysteria about the prospect of something that may be proposed. Rather, this is actively being pushed and pursued by Vermont elected officials and interest groups under the guise of a “fee” or “surcharge”.

Donovan joins lawsuit to preserve CA's clean car standards

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 4:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General T.J. Donovan joined a coalition of states to file a lawsuit opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to revoke portions of a waiver it previously granted to the State of California permitting the state to implement its greenhouse gas (GHG) and zero emission vehicle (ZEV) standards. Friday’s action, filed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, is part of the states’ ongoing fight to protect California’s Advanced Clean Car Standards. The California standards, which are more protective than those established by the federal government, are followed, in whole or in part, by 13 other states – including Vermont. They are a key part of state-level efforts to protect public health, clean air, and the environment.

AARP: Brand-name drug prices rose more than twice inflation in 2018

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 6:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazione Retail prices for 267 brand-name drugs commonly used by older adults surged by an average of 5.8% in 2018, more than twice the general inflation rate of 2.4%, according to new AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) data released by the local Vermont chapter Thursday. The annual average cost of therapy for one brand-name drug ballooned to more than $7,200 in 2018, up from nearly $1,900 in 2006. 

Gorillaz and Superplastic partner to release limited edition vinyl toy of 2D

Sat, 11/16/2019 - 3:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Premier designer toy and synthetic celebrity brand Superplastic from Burlington has joined forces with the World's Most Successful Virtual Act - British band Gorillaz - to create a new ultra-limited collector's edition toy - available today on superplastic.co and gorillaz.com/store.

Scott forms 2020 Complete Count Committee to ensure census

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 3:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the formation of the Vermont 2020 Complete Count Committee through Executive Order 09-19. The Committee is charged with ensuring a complete and accurate count of Vermont's population in the upcoming 2020 Census. The Committee will comprise private and public stakeholders across Vermont, including state and municipal government officials, state legislators, community organizations and representatives of populations that are historically undercounted in the Census such as the LQBTQ, elderly, minority, immigrant and homeless communities.

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