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VEDA turns 40, celebrates $2.1 billion in lending

The Vermont Economic Development Authority celebrated its 40th birthday Friday, counting 7,395 separate economic development financings instead of candles. The statewide economic development lender was created by the General Assembly in 1974 with $1 million and a mission “to contribute to the creation and retention of quality jobs in Vermont by providing loans and other […]

Green Tree settles for mortgage debt violations

Residential mortgage lender Green Tree Servicing, Inc., has agreed to pay $232,000 to settle allegations the company violated debt collection regulations. The settlement also addresses the company’s late payment of property taxes on behalf of mortgage holders, an infraction Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell considers an unfair trade practice. “We must ensure that home mortgages, […]

Corren ramps up spending in campaign’s final days

Dean Corren, a Progressive challenging incumbent Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, filed his paperwork for public financing Thursday morning with Secretary of State Jim Condos. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Dean Corren, Progressive/Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, has spent more money in the last two weeks than he had in the entire general election campaign before then. He has bought almost $40,000 in television ad time since Oct. 19.

Dan Smith named VTC’s permanent president

Dan Smith was named president of Vermont Technical College, removing the interim adjective he has carried for the past seven months. The Vermont State Colleges board of trustees approved the appointment Thursday. Smith will formally assume the title Nov. 19. Smith was VSC’s director of community relations and public policy before assuming the interim role […]

Interactive map helps voters find polling places

Vermont voters can find their polling location on a new interactive map released last week by Campaign for Vermont. The public policy research group published the tool online in advance of Vermont’s general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The data for all polling locations throughout the state includes each location’s address and the time it […]

Welch urges FairPoint back to bargaining table

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., has written a letter to the CEO of FairPoint Communications, urging him to “promptly” reach a settlement with striking workers. “I strongly urge you to return to the bargaining table in good faith and find common ground with the working men and women of your company,” Welch wrote in a short […]

Public meeting on marijuana study set for Nov. 12

The state will hold a public meeting next month to take comments on a study of issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana in Vermont. The meeting will run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and will be carried statewide at Vermont Interactive Technologies centers. The meeting is planned in conjunction with a study authorized by the […]

Poet Galway Kinnell dies at 87

Pulitzer-prize winning poet Galway Kinnell died of leukemia at home in Sheffield on Wednesday. He was 87. Kinnell was famous for his lyrical style and unflinching, direct examination of the unpleasant and the profound. He won the National Book Award, according to his New York Times obituary, “for a body of poetry that pushed deep […]

GMP cleared to restore Otter Creek power dams

Federal energy regulators extended Green Mountain Power’s license for three hydroelectric dams along the Otter Creek last week. The new 40-year license for the Otter Creek project allows the state’s largest utility to upgrade the dams and generate up to 22.8 megawatts of renewable power, up from the previous 14.4 MW, according to the regulatory […]

Report: Vermont ranks high on energy efficiency

Vermont ranked third in a national survey on how states are improving energy efficiency, an improvement from its showing the previous year. The Washington, D.C.-based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its eighth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard last week. It ranks states on utility and public benefits programs and policies, transportation policies, […]

Vermont 46th in Tax Foundation business tax climate index

Although Vermont rates very low overall, some of the state’s tax structures are better than others, according to the foundation.

VT Gas President and CEO to retire

Don Gilbert will be succeeded by Donald J. Rendall, vice president of strategic planning for Green Mountain Power.

Feliciano launches TV ad

With a week to go in the campaign, Libertarian candidate for governor Dan Felicano will launch his first television ad Wednesday. The 30-second spot will run through Election Day on WCAX and WPTZ, Felicano adviser Darcie Johnston said Tuesday. The ad is entitled “Experience Not Party” and begins with Feliciano saying “Like you, I believe […]

Perkinsville woman convicted of false pretenses

A Windsor County woman was convicted of submitting false timesheets to obtain Medicaid pay for home care, the Attorney General’s Office said. Megan Hill of Perkinsville was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in jail, suspended, and placed on 18 months of probation. She was also ordered to pay $4,485 in restitution to Vermont Medicaid. […]

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