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Housing Vermont receives $2 million from feds

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 4:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont) announced Thursday that the US Treasury awarded Housing Vermont a $2 million grant to support affordable housing production and preservation of roughly 900 affordable rental units. The grant was provided through the Capital Magnet Fund program. The grant was provided by the Community Development Financial Institutions’ (CDFI) Capital Magnet Fund program.

Opinion: Vermont's child care shortage sets back our rural economies

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 4:02pm -- tim

by Robert Haynes and Damian DiNicola Located in the heart of Vermont, along Interstate 89 and just south of Montpelier, the Randolph area faces the typical challenges in our state. Our area residents are working to grow our businesses and schools, ensure economic stability, and make Randolph a place young families seek for good reasons. Like most other Vermont communities, the lack of high-quality, affordable child care has created a significant barrier to our quest.   

Leahy and Sanders cosponsor minor league baseball resolution

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 3:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today led a bipartisan group of United States Senators introducing a resolution supporting Minor League Baseball (MiLB) and their efforts to fight Major League Baseball’s (MLB) proposed elimination or demotion of 42 MiLB clubs, including the Norwich (CT) Sea Unicorns, Lowell (MA) Spinners, West Virginia Power, Bluefield (WV, VA) Blue Jays, Princeton (WV) Rays and Vermont Lake Monsters. The Spinners and Lake Monsters play in the same league.

PAI: Legislature overruled the governor, raised the minimum wage

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 3:43pm -- tim

by Stephanie Yu, Public Assets Institute There was a celebratory feeling in the air in Montpelier on Tuesday after the Legislature overrode the governor’s veto of S.23, the bill to increase Vermont’s minimum wage. The governor rejected the bill despite the support of nearly three-quarters of Vermonters for the increase. In the end, the Legislature decided that 40,000 of the lowest-paid Vermonters needed the raise.

Magic Hat to celebrate passing of fabled Mardi Gras parade

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 2:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Magic Hat Brewing Company announces the return of its Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, March 28, with a New Orleans jazz funeral-style tribute to the parade, which has officially been laid to rest. That's right, after 24 winter-warming, bead-bearing years, the much-loved parade has joined fellow floats in its eternal march in the sky.

House gives preliminary approval to retail cannabis market

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 9:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House Wednesday evening advanced S.54, an act relating to the regulation of cannabis, on a vote of 90-54. The bill, which would establish legal sales of cannabis (marijuana) will be considered for a third reading on Thursday. If it passes the bill would then head to the Senate. Governor Phil Scott has said that any bill he would approve must have significant health and safety measures built into it.

Report evaluates viability of increasing dairy consumption in New England and beyond

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 4:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (VACCD) outlined to legislators today a report looking at the future of dairy in Vermont and the economic viability of expanding dairy markets in the northeast, major metropolitan areas and beyond. The report comes as a result of Act 83 requiring both Agencies to research these concerns and report back.

AG supports opioid manufacturer's settlement framework

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 3:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced that opioid manufacturer, Mallinckrodt (MNK), has devised a global settlement framework that would settle all opioid-related claims against it. The agreement in principle is supported by Vermont and 46 states and US territories, as well as municipalities and other litigants in the federal opioid multidistrict litigation.

Winter storm forecasted to bring strong gusty winds, wet snow

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 3:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is alerting customers to severe weather starting late Wednesday through Thursday afternoon, as forecasters predict gusty winds along the western slopes of the Green Mountains reaching up to 70MPH in higher elevations, and the strong winds could take down trees and power lines. The storm is also expected to bring some heavy, wet snow and forecasters say that is most likely in higher elevations. GMP is prepared to respond as quickly and safely as possible for customers, and is urging them to be prepared for the possibility of scattered outages throughout GMP service territory.

Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism relocates to Goddard College's new Village for Learning

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 11:02am -- Gabriella.March...

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH) recently signed a contract with Goddard College to move its school and clinic from Montpelier to the historic Greatwood campus in Plainfield this June. VCIH will join EarthWalk Vermont, also located on the campus, for a mission-based partnership in Goddard College’s new Village for Learning Initiative. VCIH’s sliding-scale herbal clinics and apothecary serve hundreds of clients in the Central Vermont and Chittenden County communities, while their nationally-recognized programs enroll 60-70 students annually. As the popularity of herbal medicine continues to grow, a need for additional classroom spaces and outdoor teaching and cultivation areas sparked the search for a new location in 2019.

St George man arrested on 65 counts in abuse case

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 10:53am -- tim

Vermont State Police On February 24th, 2020 Troopers with VSP Williston were contacted by the victim in this case. Investigation determined that there was a Final Relief From Abuse Order in place between the victim and Anthony Sawyer (age 48) of St George, VT, and that this order had been violated by Sawyer 56 times between October 2019 and February 2020 in the form of harassing and abusive contact with the victim via phone and by showing up unwanted to her residence.