Enphase Energy, Vivint Solar sign three-year supply deal

first_imgEnphase Energy, Vivint Solar sign three-year supply dealThe companies have extended their existing inverter supply agreement aimed at the U.S. residential solar rooftop segment. August 13, 2014 pv magazine Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share California-based Enphase Energy has renewed an inverter agreement with an affiliate of leading residential PV system provider Vivint Solar. The three-year deal expands on the existing relationship between the two companies. Jeff Loebbaka, Enphase’s senior vice president of worldwide sales and field operations, said described the collaboration as a “winning combination,” adding that Enphase’s microinverter-based solar energy management systems and Vivint Solar’s “innovative consumer-friendly business approach provides a compelling offering for the U.S. residential rooftop solar sector.” Utah-based Vivint Solar designs, installs, monitors and services residential PV systems with no upfront costs to homeowners. Through power purchase agreements (PPAs) or solar energy system leases, homeowners can use power generated by the PV installations and “generally realize savings relative to the prevailing electric utility provider rates,” the companies said. Vivint Solar currently operates in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.Enphase said it continued to see robust demand for its microinverter technology with current and new customers from larger companies like Vivint Solar to small professional solar installers. 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Self-belief, the power of love

first_imgLove yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.” – Jenn Proske‘Charity begins at home’, as a cliché it is so overly quoted. But it holds a profound truth, that to leave a lasting impact in life, you need to be healthy and live a wholesome life. Your ability for sharing and caring will increase manifolds if you inculcate tremendous self-belief. And of course, self-love that gives immense power and fulfilling life.Until that respect is there for self, others will also follow your lead. Most of the time a person makes a decision to please others and out of a feeling of guilt. While it is important to live in harmony and empathy, it is equally important to respect your own self.Some people equate self-love with selfishness. But that’s not true. When your thinking leads you astray in this manner, it becomes difficult to take good care of yourself. Obliterate that restrictive belief from your cognizance. Ensure to face the world with a new belief that resonates in your mind, ‘I need to take care of my needs first.’ To be the best version of yourself, you need to love yourself and ignite your soul in self-appreciation.It feels natural to take good care of your body, mind, and spirit. It’s true that love begets love to enable you to spread goodness. You will have more energies to share when you are in accord with your own self. It has a reflective impact on how we see ourselves and how we treat ourselves. Being a recipient of love is possible if you are content, happy and confident in self-belief.Another aspect that substantiates the phrase of self-love is that no one has a better comprehension of your innermost feelings and desires than you do. Your experiences are your own, your pain is also very personal. Even when you try to share with others, they may empathize, but never quite experience life the same way you do. For another person to know you in totality, is rare and cannot equal your own perception of self. When you hold yourself in high esteem, you’re more likely to select things that foster your happiness and assist you well. These things may be in the form of eating healthy, exercising or having healthy relationships.It is also important in setting boundaries in relationships and having a clear understanding. As you value yourself, you’re more likely to have fulfilling relationships. Your relationship with yourself sets the character for the relationships you have with others. When you treat yourself with love and respect, you give others a similar perspective. I have seen first-hand a lack of self-love can derail someone’s career and chances for success.So, stand tall. It’s self-appreciation. Not selfishness.last_img read more

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Sires-backed West New York Dem committee slate crushes Roque, Stack team

first_img Facebook Twitter Sires-backed West New York Dem committee slate crushes Roque, Stack team By John Heinis – June 5, 2018 10:07 pm 1 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 1 COMMENT Comments are closed. Bayonne has administered over 40,000 COVID-19 vaccinations since January, official says Bayonne Community Jersey City high school teacher suspended after rant calling George Floyd ‘a f***ing criminal’ State Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack’s incredible get out the vote operation largely fell flat in West New York today, as the Column A team backed by U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) dominated at the polls. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDRzXRlZsBs&feature=youtu.be[/fve]“I want to thank each and every one of you, you are an awesome group. This is one of the most gratifying moments I’ve had in my political history of 30 years,” Sires said.” … This is only phase 1: phase 2 is to get rid of Roque.”The Column A team, which also had the backing of Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo, Gabriel Rodriguez, Margarita Guzman, Freeholder Caridad Rodriguez, as well as Assembly members Angelica Jimenez and Pedro Mejia (both D-32), was ready for a bloody war given Stack supporting Mayor Felix Roque’s team.However, Sires’ team, which also benefitted from having U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) at the top of the ticket, nearly beat the Stack-Roque alliance by a 4-to-1 margin.Although Sires said at the time that they had secured 46 out of the possible 58 committee seats (their slate only ran 50 people), late provisional allies showed they had actually won at least 48 seats.Further adding to the bad news for Stack, who is seeking the chairmanship of the Hudson County Democratic Organization next week, is that Harrison Mayor James Fife’s ticket pulled off a clean sweep, according to County Executive Tom DeGise.“I’ll start by saying I love West New York, especially tonight – and let that be a lesson. I know that there are other hills that will need to be conquered, but what you can accomplish when you stick together is amazing,” DeGise exclaimed.“And the job, from my point of view, isn’t quite done yet. We hit ’em with a left hook when we won Bayonne, we hit ’em with a right uppercut when we won West New York today and the next Tuesday: we’re going for the knockout.”The county executive’s daughter, Jersey City Board of Education Trustee Amy DeGise, challenges Stack next week and was obviously encouraged by tonight’s results.“Tonight, Democrats in West New York and Harrison delivered a strong statement the we will not allow our party to be taken over by the Stack machine and that we want progressive, inclusive leadership that puts everyone’s interests first, not just one city’s,” she said in a statement.“I’m so excited about these tremendous victories and look forward to another win in one week when the Hudson County Democratic Organization votes for its next Chair. Congratulations to Congressman Sires, Mayor Fife and all of the great Democrats who made these victories possible.”The full Column A victory speeches, which were streamed live on our Facebook page, can be viewed below:center_img Flash back to Hillary Clinton’s positive spin news stories the week before the Presidential election. Community TAGSalbio siresangelica jimenezcosmo cirillomargarita guzmanwest new york democratic committee SHARE Finding Amy ? RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFeds: Bayonne man sentenced to 40 years for taping sexual assault of two minorsNext articleThe 2018 primary election: The biggest winners and losers in Hudson County John Heinis June 6, 2018 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm Politics & PolicyWest New York FBW says Prime Cycle’s new location violates state guidelines for Hoboken waterfront last_img read more

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Family calls for Rochester police to be charged after Black man dies during mental health emergency while in custody

first_imgkali9/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NewsThe family of a Black man who died after Rochester, New York, police arrested him during a mental health emergency earlier this year is calling for charges after body camera footage showed officers pinning Daniel Prude on the ground and placing a bag over his head before he lost consciousness.Officers responded to a 911 call made by Prude’s family on March 23 after they said he was going through a mental health issue. The body camera footage first obtained by the Democrat and Chronicle on Wednesday showed several officers approach Prude, 41, who was naked and kneeling on the cold street.Prude appears in the video to comply with the officers’ orders and questions as they placed him in handcuffs. He began to shout and spit at the officers who then placed a spit bag over his head, the video showed.Three officers are then seen pushing Prude into the ground and pinning him while he continues to shout and spit and eventually vomit, according to the video and police report. Prude appears to go lifeless minutes later.An ambulance is later seen arriving and a paramedic attempts to do CPR before Prude is put on a stretcher and driven away. Prude died a week later and the Monroe County medical examiner declared his death a homicide due to “complications of asphyxia,” according to the preliminary autopsy report.Joe Prude, Daniel’s brother, called the incident “a full-fledged, ongoing cold-blooded murder,” during a news conference Wednesday and called for the officers to be charged for his death.“I placed a phone call for my brother to get help, not for my brother to get lynched,” he said.Joe Prude said that his brother was visiting from Chicago and was going through a mental health crisis. The police report said Joe Prude told officers his brother “was using drugs and was suicidal.”Joe Prude said he admitted his brother to a hospital for help hours before the incident, but Daniel Prude was released after a short time. Joe Prude added he told officers that his brother was not a threat to anyone but himself and asked them not to kill him.“They knew the mental distress he was in,” he told reporters.During an earlier news conference, Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary said Wednesday that the officers involved in the incident have not been suspended and denied allegations that his office was trying to cover it up.“We took the investigation seriously since day one,” Singletary told reporters. “When the incident occurred on March 23 around 3 a.m. on Jefferson Avenue, that morning I ordered a criminal investigation and internal investigation.”He said the investigation was transferred to the state attorney general’s office, which is the protocol in New York anytime a person is killed while in custody.Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren called the video “disturbing” and said they are still waiting for Attorney General Letitia James’ office to give a report.“I know they are working on it and I know that our law and police department have been working with them to move this along,” Warren said at the news conference.James said in a statement that her office is actively investigating the incident.“As with every investigation, we will follow the facts of this case and ensure a complete and thorough examination of all relevant parties. We will work tirelessly to provide the transparency and accountability that all our communities deserve,” she said in the statement.Protesters demanded justice outside the Rochester police station Wednesday for Daniel Prude, who was killed two months before George Floyd died similarly during a filmed arrest in Minneapolis.“Who do you serve, who do you protect?” the protesters shouted at the police.Elliot Shields, the attorney representing the Prude family, said they intend to sue “everyone responsible for Daniel’s death.”“I watched the video with them and it was one of the most difficult experiences of my life watching the family react to seeing their brother and son murdered by RPD while other officers, paramedics and EMTs and no one granted him any basic humanity,” he said at a news conference.ABC News’ Rachel Katz and Cheryl Gendron contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2014 – Ljubomir Vranješ: Award makes me hungry for more

first_imgEgypt take place at 1/4 final after dramatic 60 minutes against Slovenia! Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Slovenia will be the first team to practice after corona-virus delay Click to comment Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsWORLD HANDBALL COACH 2014 is Ljubomir Vranješ. Jury of Handball-Planet.com had no doubt about the name of the man which team made the biggest progress in 12 months behind us. Famous sports phenomen “Miracle of Bern” got the handball version in the “Miracle of Cologne” directed by Ljubo and his “Jungs”. SG Flensburg’s head coach speaks exclusively for Handball-Planet.com.After only 4 year of the coaching career, you are elected for the WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2014. How do you feel about that, did you expect such a great year?– Wow…I mean WOW is my first reaction. I am of course very proud and full of joy in the moment. I personally didn’t expect anything but i would lie if I didn’t tell you that we have high aims in Flensburg. High goals or missions are always necessary to have as an athlete and as a coach.Your triumph and way how you did it – “Miracle of Cologne” will have a special place in the handball history. What are your memories on those days in Lanxess Arena? It was like a movie…– In Cologne we had a magic weekend, everything what you have been dreaming about became reality, but still you couldn’t believe it. When we won we where the underdogs, but we believed until the last second and at the end, we stood there as Champions League winner. Standing with my team on the podium, watching Karlsson raising the trophy is the an incredible moment in my career as a coach. I am very happy for my players that they had this moment together.The sport “phrase” that is harder to defend than to win the trophy is always actual. How do you see SG Flensburg after the CL trophy. What has changed in team, you, your fans…– It is of course very difficult to win CL again, but I am always believing in my team and we have our goals. I always won’t to win no matter what squad I have. This year I have 8 players with very little experience from “big” games and it is a struggled with time, but we are on the right path. Our fans are following us with some patients in the moment and they are supporting us in every game. They are also proud of the title and enjoying it. And they should, because without them it would have been impossible. For me personally, Ii am always looking forward to develop my players to be even more better then the last year, and that is an every day work that I love.What is your next aim, future goal in handball career? Which is your next handball dream? How you would like to spend next 5-10 years?– I am the kind of person who always want to take a step forward. I am dedicated to this sport that I love so much and I will do my best to do my part so we have a better handball for our handball fans all over the world. I am also a dreamer and my dreams are big (smile). In the next 5-10 years I am seeing myself winning more big titles. This award made me more hungry then ever. I want to say thank you to all handball fans all over the world and to the Jury for this award. I am very proud and I will do my best to improve more. This gave me ENERGY – concludes Ljubomir Vranješ.PHOTO: SG FLENSBURG WEBSITE ShareTweetShareShareEmail Ljubomir Vranjes dissapointed, but proud: Only one defeat and you can’t play 1/4 final… Related Items:Ljubomir Vranjes, SG Flensburglast_img read more

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A world of convergence

first_imgUnderstanding the phenomenon of ‘catch-up’ growth is key to answering this question. Trade and foreign direct investment have made it much easier for emerging countries to absorb and adapt best-practice technology invented in the advanced economies. The information revolution, allowing much easier access to and diffusion of knowledge, has accelerated the process.   Catch-up growthOnce they developed the basic institutions needed for a market economy and learned how to avoid serious macroeconomic policy mistakes, emerging countries started benefiting from catch-up growth. Those with very high investment rates, mostly in east Asia, grew faster than those with lower investment rates; but, overall, catch-up growth probably has been adding 2-4 percentage points to many emerging and developing countries’ annual growth rates. At the same time, population growth decreased, adding at least another point to the pace of per-capita growth.   This process will likely continue for another decade or two, depending on where in the process particular countries are. It is true that catch-up growth is easier in manufacturing than in other sectors, a point recently emphasised by Dani Rodrik of Harvard University, and it may be that a good portion of it has been exhausted in manufacturing by the best-performing firms in emerging countries.   But there is still a lot of ‘internal’ room for catch-up growth, as less-efficient domestic firms become more competitive with more-efficient ones. The dispersion of ‘total factor productivity’ – the joint productivity of capital and labour – inside emerging countries has been found to be large. Moreover, sectors such as agriculture, energy, transport, and trade also have catch-up growth potential, through imports of technology, institutional know-how, and organisational models.   Of course, temporary disturbances, a worsening of global payments imbalances, or macroeconomic policy mistakes, including those made in advanced economies and affecting the entire world economy, could undermine global growth. But the underlying ‘convergence differential’, owing to catch-up growth, is likely to continue to reduce the income gap between the old advanced economies and emerging-market countries.  The Soviet Union never was able to build the institutions to allow for catch-up economic growth. Japan slowed down after it had basically caught up. China, India, Brazil, Turkey, and others may have firms operating close to the world’s technological frontier, but they still have a lot of unused catch-up potential.   The more that these countries can invest while ensuring macroeconomic stability and balance-of-payments sustainability, the faster they can adopt better technology and production processes. In that case, they can continue to catch up, at least for the next decade or more. The convergence process is going to slow, but not yet.   Kemal Derviş is vice-president of the global economy and development programme at the Brookings Institution, and was formerly minister of economic affairs in Turkey and executive head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). © Project Syndicate, 2012. Mistaken projectionsLong-term projections based on short-term trends have often been mistaken. In the late 1950s, after the Soviet Union launched the first spacecraft, eminent Western economists predicted that Soviet income would overtake that of the United States in a few decades. After all, the Soviet Union was investing close to 40% of its GDP, twice the ratio in the West.   Later, in the 1980s, Japan’s spectacular growth led some to predict that it would overtake the US, not only in per-capita terms, but even in terms of some measures of ‘economic power’.   These kinds of projections have often been based on simple extrapolations of exponential trends. Over two or three decades, substantial differences in compound growth rates quickly generate huge changes in economic size or per-capita income.   Will the recent predictions of rapid ongoing global convergence similarly turn out to be wrong, or will most of the emerging countries sustain a large positive growth differential and get much closer to the advanced economies’ income levels?   center_img For almost two centuries, starting around 1800, the history of the global economy was broadly one of divergence in average incomes. In relative terms, rich countries got even richer. There was growth in the poorer countries, too, but it was slower than rich-country growth, and the discrepancy in prosperity between rich and poor countries increased. This ‘divergence’ was very pronounced in colonial times. It slowed after the 1940s, but it was only around 1990 that an entirely new trend could be observed – convergence between average incomes in the group of rich countries and the rest of the world. From 1990 to 2010, average per-capita income in the emerging and developing countries grew almost three times as fast as average income in Europe, north America, and Japan, compared to lower or, at most, equal growth rates for almost two centuries.   This has been a revolutionary change, but will this 20-year-old trend continue? Will convergence remain rapid, or will it be a passing phase in world economic history?   last_img read more

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Pearl Jam Shares New Single, “Quick Escape” [Listen]

first_imgPearl Jam has released the latest single set to appear on the rock band’s forthcoming Gigaton studio album, scheduled to arrive this Friday, March 27th. Entitled, “Quick Escape”, the new song shared on Wednesday follows previously-released singles from the Gigaton tracklisting including “Dance of the Clairvoyants” and “Superblood Wolfmoon”, in addition to “River Cross” which debuted during a commercial which aired during this year’s Super Bowl.The raw-sounding track powers its way through an erratic intro to open into a full-blown rock performance. The song’s visual accompaniment adds to the listening experience as it provides viewers with a series of well-edited scenes pulled from Mother Nature.Dive into the band’s new single below.Pearl Jam – “Quick Escape”[Video: Pearl Jam]The band was supposed to head out on a run of spring tour dates beginning this month, but that tour was one of the first major concert runs to be postponed due to COVID-19.Pearl Jam had also planned to host an official listening event for Gigaton in over 200 movie theaters in North America, the U.K., Europe, and Australia, but those plans have also since been scrapped. Fans still have the chance, however, to dial into the Gigaton phone hotline to hear some of the unreleased material set to appear on the album when it arrives this Friday by calling 585-20-PEARL (585-207-3275).Head to the band’s website for updates on their touring plans going forward.last_img read more

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Watch Amusing Video of Two Cats Trying to Pass Each Other Atop a Narrow Doorframe

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMost people have become familiar with the cat mantra, “If it fits, I sits.” But what about trying to fit on top of a narrow doorframe?Well, that’s exactly what these two Siamese cats were caught doing in the most recent feline video to charm the internet.LOOK: When Goats Get Themselves Stuck on Narrow Ledge of Bridge, Humans Come to Their RescueBoth of the acro-cats can be seen facing each other on top of a thin ledge in a woman’s household. As they both try and bypass each other in order to get to the other side of the frame, they can be seen jostling uncomfortably in the middle of their balancing act.Though some animals may have called it quits, the two felines eventually find a way to slip past each other in a sufficiently elegant – albeit amusing – fashion.As the video’s description so wisely states, “cats always find a way.”(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Pawesome Clip With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Ben & Jerry’s heads to Cancun for franchisee meeting and sunny philanthropy

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Ben & Jerry’s has chosen Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, in Cancun, Mexico to host their annual Global Franchise Meeting of 2016 from January 14th-17th. Ben & Jerry’s said that the Palace Resorts aligns perfectly with Ben & Jerry’s mission and was chosen as the location to host over 400 Ben & Jerry’s franchisees and staff due in part to the company’s foundation, Fundacion Palace. The Palace Foundation’s efforts are a testament of the company’s commitment to positively impact the communities the properties are located in throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. Both businesses believe in more than simply making a profit, they support a sustainable business model, and strive to make an impact on addressing social needs.Part of every Ben & Jerry’s annual meeting includes a local community project, where meeting attendees will put down their scoops and pick up a paint brush or shovel to give back to the community. Together with Fundacion Palace, Ben & Jerry’s will take action in the Cancun community on January 15th by sprucing up Escuela Primaria, Leona Vicaro which supports 420 children. Beautification efforts including gardening and painting, in hopes to improve the quality of the facilities, will result in making a long-lasting impact on the community and its children who attend Leona Vicario.”We are excited to host over 400 Ben & Jerry’s franchisees at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort. Palace Resorts is thrilled that Ben & Jerry’s will once again unite its philanthropic efforts with Fundacion Palace. It is our hope that by continuously giving back to local communities it will give children, schools and communities a better tomorrow,” said Gibran Chapur, Executive Vice President of Palace Resorts.Ben & Jerry’s has long been a socially responsible company, functioning under a three part mission statement focused around social, economic and product efforts. “The only thing sweeter than a scoop of ice cream is giving back to the communities we impact,” said Ben & Jerry’s CEO, Jostein Solheim. This isn’t the first time Ben & Jerry’s has chosen Cancun and Moon Palace as the location for their annual global meeting. In 2008 the organization ventured to Cancun and contributed to the local community where Scoop Shop owners cleaned, painted and planted to beautify a school in Puerto Morelos.The efforts of Ben & Jerry’s and Fundacion Palace directly support the shared value of Linked Prosperity. What could be more perfectly paired than a scoop of sweet-laden ice cream with a day of grassroots work to bring a little love to a local community?As an aspiring social justice company, Ben & Jerry’s believes in a greater calling than simply making a profit for selling its goods. The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, yogurt and sorbet using high-quality ingredients. Ben & Jerry’s incorporates its vision of Linked Prosperity into its business practices in a number of ways including a focus on values-led sourcing. In 2014 the company plans to complete its transition to using entirely non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients by source as well as to fully Fairtrade-certified ingredients wherever possible, which benefits farmers in developing countries. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Ben & Jerry’s became a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) in 2012. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation’s employee-led grant programs totaled $2.5MM in 2014 to support economic and social justice, environmental restoration, and peace through understanding. For the inside scoop on Ben & Jerry’s visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).With eight oceanfront resorts overlooking the the Caribbean Sea, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Mexico and Jamaica. Offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by signature in-room double whirlpool tubs, nightly entertainment, theCaribbean’s most extravagant spas and premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, Palace Resorts sets the stage for a truly exceptional experience for travelers. The unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes Palace Resorts a leading provider of world-class resort vacations.The Palace Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Cancun, Mexico. The philanthropic institution was created in 2004 by the Directors of Palace Resorts to help contribute to the solution of certain social problems. The Palace Foundation’s primary objective is to give hope to those most in need and provide them with resources, time and effort.CANCUN, Mexico, Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Ben & Jerry’s www.benjerry.com. (link is external)For more information about Ben & Jerry’s Franchise Opportunities, visit: http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/franchise (link is external)For more information about the Palace Foundation, visit: http://fundacionpalace.org/(link is external)last_img read more

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Speaker calls on governor to sign the coronavirus relief funds package immediately

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont House Speaker Mitzi Johnson released the following statement: “Vermonters and Vermont businesses need relief now. The Coronavirus Relief Funds Recovery Package – H.966(link is external), H.965(link is external), and S.351(link is external) – were delivered to the governor’s desk on June 30th. Vermonters need him to sign the bills now to ensure the money reaches the people and businesses that are waiting for it.“The legislature passed the initial business recovery bill, the Emergency Economic Relief Package (S.350/Act 115(link is external)) on June 16th. The governor announced only today that businesses can start applying for these grants next week. That’s three weeks since the legislature fast-tracked $93 million in the Emergency Economic Relief Package to his desk for implementation. And how long until the money is in the hands of those businesses? The legislature kept the program broad and flexible for the more critically impacted business to help them immediately. It’s outrageous that Vermonters have been kept waiting for so long by the Governor. They can’t wait any longer. “That is why I am calling on the Governor to sign the Coronavirus Relief Funds Recovery Package today and to make the additional $575.7 million(link is external) in that package available to Vermonters and Vermont businesses by Monday, July 6th. Vermonters don’t have three more weeks to wait. “The legislature involved the administration every step of the way in developing these bills. Vermont business owners criticized the loan program proposed by the Administration. We heard loud and clear that they needed grant funding, not loans due in less than 6 months that would add to their financial burden, as they try to regain their footing.  We responded and passed the grants Vermonters requested. Changing his plan was the right thing to do and it was done with the support of the business community and with the administration up-to-speed every step of the way. I’m proud the legislature also addressed the needs of childcare businesses and food security, both critically needed and ignored in the Governor’s proposal.“Vermonters need this money now. I call on the Governor to sign the bills immediately and to give Vermonters a path forward. Vermonters can’t wait any longer.”Source: MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont House Speaker 7.1.2020last_img read more

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