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State employee health plan premiums to increase 17.9 percent

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State officials blame "greater than expected" high cost claims and premature "premium holidays" for wiping out an anticipated $30 million surplus as well as millions in reserve funds.

 

Burlington College to sell 25 acres to real estate developer

A proposed housing development on land owned by Burlington College would be built near the treeline overlooking Lake Champlain. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger
Plans include 60 units of affordable housing, 75 units of senior housing and 300 units of market-rate housing. College to receive the equivalent of $7 million.

 

Legislature expected to set renewable energy standards

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The creation of a renewable portfolio standard would establish by law how much electricity generated from wind, solar and other renewable resources utilities must sell to customers.

 

UPDATE: GlobalFoundries to keep IBM plant in Essex going

Gov. Peter Shumlin holds up a cell phone to emphasize the viability of the semi-conductor manufacturing business that takes place in Essex Junction. IBM announced Monday it would sell the division to California-based, Abu Dhabi-owned GlobalFoundries. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
IBM will pay GlobalFoundries $1.3 billion over three years to take its semiconductor manufacturing wing. The new owner says Vermont employees will keep their jobs.

 

IBM to make announcement this morning about GlobalFoundries deal

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IBM will pay GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion to take over its microelectronics unit, which includes the chip making plant in Essex Junction. IBM employs about 4,000 people in Vermont.

 

‘New Economy’ movement finds fertile ground in Vermont

Marjorie Kelly (center) moderated a panel discussion Wednesday among (left to right): Gwen Hallsmith of the Public Banking Institute; Paul Millman of Chroma Technology; Rich Carpenter of the Addison County Relocalization Network; and Kathy Ruhf of Land for Good. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
Instead of assuming the value of limitless, money-driven growth, the new economy paradigm promotes careful choices about when and how — or even whether businesses and the economy should get bigger. When ownership is local, the impact of those decisions are more likely to benefit communities, proponents argue.

 

Copley Hospital could face big bill from feds

The new emergency room entrance at Copley Hospital in Morrisville. Stowe Reporter photo by Glenn Callahan
Copley is one of seven small hospitals in Vermont that together could be ordered to repay as much as $12 million.

 

In This State: Progressive publisher Chelsea Green has found a novel way to success

Chelsea Green started out with one unlikely book back in 1984, an eco-fable called "The Man Who Planted Trees." Now co-founder Margo Baldwin has some 250 titles that cram the bookshelves at the publishing office in White River Junction. Photo by Andrew Nemethy
Vermont publisher Chelsea Green has been putting out books with a progressive view for 30 years now. After years of struggle to survive in its niche, today its books, practical to political, hot-button to how-to, are thriving and finding an eager audience.

 

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A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

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Commentary

Suzi Wizowaty: Pointing the finger

We are all responsible for the over-incarceration of our citizens that has resulted in out-of-state placements in for-profit prisons.

Jeff Danziger: The paper business

No one should be surprised if the publisher of the Burlington Free Press leaves the newspaper business for the paper tablecloth and funny hat business.

Poor Elijah’s Almanack: First, do no harm

Several studies have recently concluded that the teacher professional development we’re subjected to typically has “minimal to no effects on boosting student achievement,” even when it involves “a lot of…

Quote of the Day

“Everyone just assumes I want to run for governor. I may never run for governor, I don’t know. I enjoy being lieutenant governor at this point in time. In the future, if all the stars aligned for me personally and for Vermont as a whole, maybe I’ll do it. If I don’t ever run for governor, that wouldn’t be the worst thing in my life.” — Lt. Gov. Phil Scott

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