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Douglas budget alternative emphasizes 'sustainable' approach

Tue, 05/19/2009 - 12:28pm -- Anonymous

Secretary of Administration Neale Lunderville today outlined the Governor Douglas s alternative budget approach for FY 2010.  Lunderville called it a balanced, responsible and sustainable plan that addresses immediate fiscal pressures with long-term fiscal prudence.  The Douglas plan reduces state spending by $32.8 million and raises $13 million in new taxes instead of $26 million. It also adds back $9 million in economic development and higher education-related spending.

Governor Douglas supports President Obama's auto emissions decision

Tue, 05/19/2009 - 9:45am -- Anonymous

Governor Jim Douglas issued a statement yesterday regarding the Obama Administration s decision to adopt California standards nationally for automobile tailpipe emissions. Vermont was the first state to follow California's lead in requiring a higher standard than the federal requirement. The Bush Administration had blocked the implementation of the tougher standards resulting in California, Vermont and other states suing the federal government. The auto industry then filed suit in an attempt to block the implementation of the California standards.

Vermont gets $1.8 million from US Forest Service

Tue, 05/19/2009 - 6:19am -- Anonymous

In Vermont yesterday, US Forest Service Chief Gail Kimbell announced the award of $50 million in grants, including $1.8 million for the Eden Forest in Vermont, to permanently protect twenty-four working forests across twenty-one states, through the Forest Legacy Program. This program permanently protects important private forestland threatened by conversion.

CVMC opens Coumadin Clinic

Tue, 05/19/2009 - 6:11am -- Anonymous

Central Vermont Medical Center s Outpatient Anticoagulation Coumadin Clinic provides patients with a complete and organized approach to anticoagulation therapy, using established protocols. Protocols to manage therapy are followed by anticoagulation clinic nurses under the medical supervision of Dr. David Ospina. A comprehensive assessment by a registered nurse along with intervention and education provide patients the tools they need to have successful outcomes.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters declares three-for-two stock split

Tue, 05/19/2009 - 6:07am -- Anonymous

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a three-for-two stock split to be effected in the form of a stock dividend. The Company will distribute one additional share of its common stock to all shareholders of record at the close of business on May 29, 2009 for every two shares of common stock held on that date.

Raymond, Drost join Welch's staff

Tue, 05/19/2009 - 5:40am -- Anonymous

Representative Peter Welch today announced the hiring of two Vermonters for positions in his Washington and Vermont offices. Brent Raymond, a Swanton native and Williston resident, will join Welch s Vermont office as Business Liaison. Julia Drost, a Brownsville native and University of Vermont graduate, will join Welch s Washington office as Staff Assistant.

Fees blamed for lower customer commitment to retail banks

Tue, 05/19/2009 - 4:44am -- Anonymous

Driven by declines in both satisfaction and brand image, customer commitment to retail banks has decreased in 2009, according to the JD Power and Associates 2009 Retail Banking Satisfaction Study(SM) released today. This marks a steady decline in customer commitment since 2007. Now in its fourth year, the study finds that only 35 percent of customers say they are highly committed to their retail bank in 2009, compared with 37 percent in 2008 and 41 percent in 2007.

GAW accelerates New England expansion with acquisition of SNEWISP

Tue, 05/19/2009 - 4:22am -- Anonymous

GAW High Speed Internet Inc., (GAW) Vermont's largest Wireless Internet provider announced today
the acquisition of Southern New England Wireless Internet Service Provider LLC, (SNEWISP).
Headquartered in Springfield, MA, SNEWISP provides an important broadband connection for
businesses and residences in and around Southern New England's thriving five college community and
the beautiful Berkshire mountain range, home to some the world's great artists and innovators. The