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Scheuermann: Outdoor recreation threatened by consumer justice bill

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 3:39pm -- tim

by Representative Heidi E Scheuermann (R-Stowe) Late last week, the Vermont House of Representatives passed S105, a bill with which many have significant concerns (Page 1514 of House Journal). Indeed, the breadth of the bill is exceptionally broad, and will have a significant impact on a number of industries and their ability to do business in Vermont. These include the technology industry, utilities, telecommunications, and many more. That said, the impact about which I am most concern is on our incredibly important, statewide, outdoor recreation industry.

FreshTracks Road Pitch gears up for summer tour

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 3:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The fifth annual FreshTracks Road Pitch, a four-day motorcycle tour of Vermont in which a gang of “business bikers” (comprised of investors, entrepreneurs and business advisors) ride around the state and stop in eight Vermont towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitch their business, will be held July 30th through August 2th 2018. Entrepreneurs interested in pitching their concept or existing business to the riders should contact one or more of the local organizers noted below in order to apply for a pitch slot.

Court requires Harmon, Fritz, et al, to pay $2,450,000 to Sonnax ESOP

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After a US Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration investigation, the US District Court for the District of Vermont has entered a consent judgment requiring the fiduciaries of the Sonnax Industries’ employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) to pay $2,225,000 to the plan. The judgment resolves violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act stemming from the ESOP’s 2011 purchase of Sonnax Industries Inc, a Bellows Falls supplier of automotive drivetrain products. The settlement was announced today. Principals Tommy Harmon and Frederick Fritz have vigorously denied the DOL claims and any suggestion of wrongdoing.

Leonine: End of session gambit

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 8:10am -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs There is a storm brewing between Governor Scott and legislative leaders over how to bring the legislative session to a close. Bucking the custom since the early 1990’s, legislative leaders announced this week they do not intend to schedule a veto session in June for lawmakers to come back to Montpelier to try to override any gubernatorial vetoes. If the governor vetoes the budget and the tax bill and no override session is scheduled, the Governor would be forced to call lawmakers back for a special session. A special session would be necessary because the state cannot deficit spend and without a property tax yield set by law there would be an estimated $400 million hole in the Education Fund. Significantly, in an override session lawmakers are limited to considering only those bills that are vetoed, while a special session allows lawmakers to start from scratch on bills and they can consider any topic they choose. 

Murder suspects arrested in South Burlington

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 7:17am -- tim

Vermont State Police Early this morning, law-enforcement officers arrested Erika Guttilla and Corey Cassani without incident following a motor-vehicle stop in South Burlington. Members of the Vermont State Police, South Burlington police, Shelburne police and the FBI made the arrests at about 1:30 a.m. on U.S. Route 7 in South Burlington just north of the Shelburne town line.

State joins quarantine of invasive emerald ash borer

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 7:00am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine As part of the ongoing response to the recent discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) within the state, Vermont has joined the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s 31-state quarantine boundary. The quarantine will help reduce the movement of infested ash wood to un-infested regions outside of Vermont’s borders. Ash wood may not be moved from Vermont to Maine, Rhode Island, or 7 counties in New Hampshire because the pest has not been identified in these states and counties. Vermont will be directing available resources to protect state forest health by providing Vermonters with low-risk options for use and disposal of wood that is already infested.

Take Back Day yields record three tons of prescription drugs for disposal

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 6:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters turned in more than three tons of unused, unwanted and expired medication at nearly 70 collection sites across the state on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28. The 6,008 pounds of collected prescription medication marked the highest total in Vermont for the six Take Back Days since fall 2015.

Elder protection listening tour May 8-May 30

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 6:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office continues its Elder Protection Listening Tour throughout May with public events in Washington, Bennington, Essex, Chittenden and Caledonia Counties. Attorney General TJ Donovan announced last month the launch of a listening tour to engage older Vermonters about their most pressing concerns. Staff from the Attorney General’s office will be at each event to facilitate conversation around two central questions:

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honor Champlain students

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 5:10pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College Film and Broadcast student productions have earned high honors at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) New England Chapter.

The chapter announced that Filmmaking and Broadcast Media Production majors in the Division of Communication and Creative Media were selected for the Student Production Awards for Excellence in the categories of Fiction Short Form, Nonfiction Long Form and in Community Service Public Affairs. Several students earned honorable mentions.

Sanders recognizes older Americans month by praising Vermont’s Meals on Wheels Programs

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 5:04pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine To celebrate Older Americans Month, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recognized the outstanding work of Vermont’s Meals on Wheels programs. Consistent with this year’s theme, “Engage at Every Age,” Sanders pointed to the hundreds of older Vermonters who volunteer their time to help deliver meals across the state.

Last year, Meals on Wheels delivered more than 1 million freshly cooked and nutritious meals to seniors across Vermont. “There is no question that Meals on Wheels is helping ensure Vermonters have access to adequate nutrition. However, the program does much more than just deliver a nutritious meal,” Sanders said.