â We are thrilled to have Rodney and Paul on board,’said Pennie Beach, owner of Basin Harbor Club. â Together they bring a new level of energy and expertise to our golf and dining programs that will translate into some exciting changes for our guests and members in the 2012 season.â Rodney Rehwinkelâ s extensive experience in the culinary world includes two years as Executive Chef at the renowned International Club in Bolton, MA where he catered to discriminating customers as well as New Englandâ s professional sports teams including the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins. Rehwinkel is also the Chef-Owner of Clear Culinary Consulting, Inc. in South Burlington where he consulted with mid-size regional restaurant companies on menu analysis, concept development, cost controls, and recipe work-ups. Basin Harbor Club was established in 1886 by Ardelia Beach and has remained family owned for 126 years. Today, guests are greeted by fourth generation hosts, Pennie Beach and Robert H. Beach, Jr. Originally a 225-acre working farm catering to summer boarders, the resort has expanded to cover 700 acres of Vermont’s most pristine land along the shores of Lake Champlain, encompassing the main lodge, cottages, a private golf course, spectacular gardens, a 3,200 foot grass airstrip, and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum ‘an organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Lake Champlain. Basin Harbor Club. 4.5.2012. The Resortâ s new PGA Golf Professional, Paul Meunier, has worked at some of the countryâ s most distinguished golf courses including Quail Run, Montague Golf Club, The Woodstock Inn & Resort, Island Country Club on Marco Island, and the Nicklaus Flick Golf School in Arizona. His golf career began in college when a local course allowed him to start a school program. His talent and passion for teaching has since grown to include expertise in management, event planning, and course improvement. Rehwinkelâ s vision for Basin Harbor will take advantage of the abundance of local and regional foods including organic meat, Vermont cheeses, and locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. He will also be working with the executive management team to develop new events for guests and members. Basin Harbor Club welcomed two additions to their professional staff this winter. Rodney Rehwinkel joins the resort as Executive Chef, and PGA Professional Paul Meunier will head up the golf program. Both men bring over 30 years of experience in their respective fields to Basin Harbor Club.
The nation’s poverty rate was 16.0 percent in 2012, unchanged from 2011, according to the supplemental poverty measure released today by the US Census Bureau. The 2012 rate was higher than the official measure of 15.0 percent. The official poverty rate in 2012 was also not significantly different from the corresponding rate in 2011. Vermont’s supplemental rate was lower than its official poverty rate.Unlike the official poverty rate, the supplemental poverty measure takes into account the impact of different benefits and necessary expenses on the resources available to families, as well as geographic differences in housing costs. For example, the measure adds refundable tax credits (the Earned Income Tax Credit and the refundable portion of the child tax credit) to cash income, which reduces the supplemental poverty rate for all people by three percentage points (19.0 percent to 16.0 percent). For children, the supplemental poverty rate of 18.0 percent would rise to 24.7 percent if refundable tax credits were excluded.The supplemental poverty measure deducts various necessary expenses from income; these include medical out-of-pocket expenses, income and payroll taxes, child care expenses and work-related expenses. These expenses reduce income available for necessary basic goods purchases including food, clothing, shelter and utilities (FCSU) and a small additional amount to allow for other needs. Deducting medical out-of-pocket expenses increases the supplemental poverty rate by 3.4 percentage points. Without accounting for medical out-of-pocket expenses, the number of people living below the poverty line would have been 39.2 million rather than the 49.7 million people classified as poor with the supplemental poverty measure.Without adding Social Security benefits to income, the supplemental poverty rate overall would have been 8.6 percentage points higher (or 24.5 percent rather than 16.0 percent). People 65 and older had a supplemental poverty rate of 14.8 percent, equating to 6.4 million. Excluding Social Security would leave the majority of this population (54.7 percent or 23.7 million) in poverty.The supplemental poverty measure’s poverty thresholds vary by geography, family size and whether a family pays a mortgage, rents or owns their home free and clear. For example, the 2012 thresholds for families with two adults and two children were around’ $18,000’ for homeowners without a mortgage living outside metropolitan areas in’ North Dakota,’ Kentucky,’ West Virginia,’ Alabama,’ Arkansas,’ South Dakota,Tennessee’ and’ Missouri, but around’ $35,500’ for homeowners with a mortgage in the’ San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., and’ San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif., metro areas. The’ $23,283’ official poverty threshold for a family of four was the same no matter where a family lives.These findings are contained in the Census Bureau’s annual report,’ The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure,’ released with support from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and describing research showing different ways of measuring poverty in’ the United States.”The important contribution that the supplemental poverty measure provides is allowing us to gauge the effectiveness of tax credits and transfers in alleviating poverty,” said’ Kathleen Short, a’ Census Bureau economist and the report’s author. “We can also examine the effect of necessary expenses that families face, such as paying taxes or work-related and medical-out-of-pocket expenses.”Estimates for StatesThe differences between the official and supplemental poverty measures varied considerably by state. ‘ The supplemental rates were higher than the official statewide poverty rates in 13 states and the’ District of Columbia. The states were’ California,’ Colorado,’ Connecticut,’ Florida,’ Hawaii,’ Illinois,’ Maryland,Massachusetts,’ Nevada,’ New Hampshire,’ New Jersey,’ New York’ and’ Virginia.For another 28 states, supplemental rates were lower than the official statewide poverty rates.’ The states were’ Alabama,’ Arkansas,’ Idaho,’ Indiana,’ Iowa,’ Kansas,’ Kentucky,’ Louisiana,’ Maine,’ Michigan,Minnesota,’ Mississippi,’ Missouri,’ Montana,’ Nebraska,’ New Mexico,’ North Carolina,’ North Dakota,’ Ohio,Oklahoma,’ South Carolina,’ South Dakota,’ Tennessee,’ Texas,’ Vermont,’ West Virginia,’ Wisconsin’ andWyoming. Rates in the remaining nine states were not statistically different using the two measures.Comparing Poverty Rates for Different Demographic GroupsThe supplemental poverty measure can show the effects of tax and transfer policies on various subgroups, unlike the current official poverty measure. According to the report:Including tax credits and noncash benefits results in lower poverty rates for some groups. For instance, the supplemental poverty rate was lower for children than the official rate: 18.0 percent compared with 22.3 percent.Subtracting necessary expenses from income results in higher poverty rates for other groups. The supplemental poverty rate for those 65 and older was 14.8 percent compared with only 9.1 percent using the official measure. Medical out-of-pocket expenses were a significant element for this group.Even though supplemental poverty rates were lower than the official rates for children and higher for those 65 and older, the rates for children were still higher than the rates for both 18- to 64-year-olds and people 65 and older.Supplemental poverty rates were higher than the official measure for all race groups and for Hispanics, with one exception: blacks, whose 25.8 percent supplemental poverty rate was lower than the official rate of 27.3 percent.Supplemental poverty rates differed by region primarily because the supplemental poverty rate has thresholds that vary geographically. The rates were higher than official rates for the Northeast and West, lower in the Midwest and not statistically different from the official measure in the South. These results reflect differences in housing costs, which are not captured by the official poverty measure.BackgroundThe supplemental poverty measure is an effort to take into account many of the government programs designed to assist low-income families and individuals that were not included in the current official poverty measure, released’ Sept. 17.While the official poverty measure includes only pretax money income, the supplemental measure adds the value of in-kind benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, school lunches, housing assistance and refundable tax credits. Additionally, the supplemental poverty measure deducts necessary expenses for critical goods and services from income. Expenses that are deducted include taxes, child care and commuting expenses, out-of-pocket medical expenses and child support paid to another household.Today’s report compares 2012 supplemental poverty estimates to 2012 official poverty estimates for numerous demographic groups at the national level. In addition, the report presents supplemental poverty estimates for states using three-year averages. At the national level, the report also compares 2011 supplemental poverty estimates with 2012 estimates.There has been a continuing debate about the best approach to measure income and poverty in’ the United States’ since the publication of the first official U.S. poverty estimates in 1964. In 2009, an interagency group asked the Census Bureau, in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, to develop a new, supplemental measure to allow for an improved understanding of the economic well-being of American families and the way that federal policies affect those living in poverty.The measures presented in this report used the 2013 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement with income information that referred to calendar year 2012 to estimate supplemental poverty measure resources, including the value of various in-kind benefits beyond cash income. (The official poverty measure is based solely on cash income.)SOURCE WASHINGTON,’ Nov. 6, 2013’ /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — US Census Bureau‘
by Alicia Freese vtdigger.org Federal cuts to the food stamp program in November have driven more people to food shelves and meals sites, and that has strained the capacity of the Vermont Foodbank to keep up, according to CEO John Sayles.The Foodbank announced Thursday that it is $1 million short of its end-of-the-year fundraising target. Getting that money is critical to meeting that growing demand, Sayles said.The Foodbank, which distributes food to roughly 280 sites throughout the state, will have supplied nearly seven million meals’ worth by the end of this year. It has plans to provide several hundred thousand above that next year.But it has an operating budget of $6.5 million, and it depends on individuals and foundations to contribute roughly 70 percent of that.‘If we don’t make it, we have to do what every nonprofit business would do and look at ways to reduce costs,’ Sayles said. ‘But it means we are not able to provide the service to our Vermont neighbors that we want to be providing.’Beginning in 2009, the recession led more people to rely on food shelves and meal sites. In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene caused another spike. And most recently, the termination in November of stimulus funds that had boosted food stamp benefits since 2009, ushered more people into what Sayles describes as the ‘safety net for the safety net.’3SquaresVT, the state’s federally funded food stamp program, serves roughly 100,000 Vermonters a year. The November cut meant that the average benefit for a family of four went down by $36 a month.Sayles described the Foodbank as the ‘backstop’ to the 3Squares program.‘Almost immediately we started hearing from food shelves and meal sites about more people coming in and coming in more frequently,’ Sayles said. ‘The [food stamp] benefits are not enough to supplement a family’s food income for the entire month.’ Hence, the volume of people visiting these sites starts to rise during the second and third weeks of the month.Sayles expects pressure on the Foodbank to grow once Congress passes the Farm Bill. The legislation is currently in a conference committee where lawmakers, including Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., are trying to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Both, however, contain sizeable cuts to food stamp funding.The Foodbank relies heavily on donated food ‘ it’s an $18 million operation if the value of the donated food is included in the calculation. It’s seeing a squeeze there, too, largely because Shaw’s supermarket, a major donor, dropped out of the program in October. Sayles said the void is yet to be filled ‘ Shaw’s contributed 18 percent of the Foodbank’s donated food.The Foodbank, like other nonprofits, relies on a rush of donations from people contributing before the close of the tax year. Two-thirds of its donations arrive between October and December, according to a press release.
Bennington College,EPA has released a short video that applauds the voluntary efforts of a professor and students at Bennington College to help their local community combat climate issues by analyzing energy use of municipal streetlights and working with the local power utility to dramatically increase efficiency, saving the town thousands of dollars and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.In 2012, EPA’s New England office began an informal partnership with Bennington College to work with students in a class called “Solving the Impossible.” The class, taught by Professor Susan Sgorbati, charges students to study difficult policy problems and develop the skills to identify and implement solutions. EPA helped Professor Sgorbati by identifying environmental public policy problems for the students to address. One recent class tackled the issue of climate change.“Through this partnership between Bennington College and EPA, students were able to learn about climate change and adapting to a changing climate – and then put this knowledge into practice,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “Now their work is a great example for other schools and towns, who can duplicate the success of the Bennington Project without having to start from scratch.”The class approached officials of North Bennington, who in turn identified a program publicized by Efficiency Vermont and Green Mountain Power to convert municipal street lights with LED lighting. The students of the class took on a comprehensive effort to identify all street lights in the community, monitor use, and solicit input from members of the community on lights in use. For example, the class identified some lights that had been on for 24 hours a day, for several years.”This was a win-win,” said Mariko Silver, president of Bennington College. “Our students benefited by working through a complex real-world problem, and they got to see the tangible fruits of their efforts. The town will save money and reduce emissions. This project and partnership could serve as a model for how higher education can engage with local communities to mutual benefit.””This project reveals the extraordinary potential and capacities of college students to advance public action working within the context of a classroom,” said Susan Sgorbati, faculty member at Bennington College. “The collaboration between Bennington College and EPA made it possible for students to engage with our local community in such important and meaningful work in addressing climate change and energy reduction.”By developing a comprehensive plan for lighting in the community using 108 fixtures, the class was able to assist municipal leaders in not only converting existing lights to highly efficient LEDs, but also to identify problem areas needing more, or less, lighting, etc. Local officials estimate that employing the upgraded plan will save the community nearly $10,000 annually.“Working with the Bennington College students was a real pleasure. Their enthusiasm was contagious for the whole village. I hope this project becomes a model for other environmental and community related projects for Bennington College and other schools throughout the area,” said David Monks, Vice-chair of North Bennington Village Board of Trustees.Efficiency Vermont estimates that the upgraded efficient municipal lighting in North Bennington will reduce usage by 51,000 kilowatt/hour per year. Efficiency Vermont also estimates that these upgrades will keep about 60,000 pounds of carbon emissions out of the atmosphere.
by Bill Schubart I’m not one to spoil a party but I remain puzzled by Castleton’s decision to become a university. It’s a fine school and President Wolk deserves kudos for making it so, but times are changing and so must higher ed. Aspirational renaming won’t make this happen. If the goal is to attract full-tuition payers from the Mid- and Far-East, that ship has sailed. Yes, foreign elites still clamor to get into our best colleges and do, but China is now building more than a hundred colleges on the Stanford and MIT model and if we don’t address our own high ed issues, our grandchildren may be going to college over there.In Vermont, we spend $130 million dollars on corrections and $80+million on higher ed, so first, we need to revisit our priorities. Of the $80M, a little over half goes to UVM, $19M to VSAC and the remaining $20M is shared among our five state colleges. Among those arguably, CCV is most closely attuned to the educational needs of the average Vermonter. It’s curricular agility, local presence, and mix of low-residency and personalized online pedagogy allows working Vermonters to continue their education, broaden their career choices, and enhance compensation.VT Tech is doing remarkable things as well. Their superb agricultural practicum begs the question of why UVM, just 90 minutes away, has spent $10M refurbishing a barn in the middle of Burlington’s most expensive urban enclave.Vermonters can’t adequately fund six colleges in a time of declining enrollments. I understand that four of them are primary economic engines in their communities and there are solutions that needn’t mandate closures and lay-offs, but we’re not talking about them. We’re nibbling around the edges of a larger problem. We must reassess what higher ed means today in terms of cost, infrastructure, pedagogy, commerce, and economic stability. But so far, we’re not asking the strategic questions.I don’t believe the sole mission of education is to train workers but we must look at public higher ed more comprehensively and engage business in the discussion. Education is an end in itself whereas higher ed clearly supports career choice, employment, and financial security. I wouldn’t employ an engineer who couldn’t explain a concept in writing.I wish Castleton University well. But I really doubt that their new name will do much to solve the enrollment and cost challenges facing all our small state colleges, to say nothing of our students.This commentary first appeared on Vermont Public Radio
These Bears Have It All: Bernie’s Hair, Trump’s Hair, Hillary’s Cell, Carson’s First Aid Kit, and Jeb’s Exclamation Point!Vermont Business Magazine New rule: talk politics. That’s according to Vermont Teddy Bear President and Chief Executive, Bill Shouldice. Taking the upcoming election year as an opportunity to promote the importance of voter interest and engagement, Vermont Teddy Bear has launched a new collection of presidential candidate Bears. Bernie Bear, many will remember, made his debut this spring. Joining him now are Trump Bear, Hillary Bear, Jeb Bear and Carson Bear… There’s whisperings that Biden Bear is waiting in the wings.”Voting is a right too often taken for granted,” says Shouldice. “Back in 2012, it was estimated that approximately 40% of Americans didn’t vote. Forty percent! That’s a travesty. Republicans, Democrats, Liberals, Independents; old, young; rich, poor – everyone should be exercising their right. The goal of Vermont Teddy Bear is to encourage greater interest and engagement in the political arena as we gear up for another important election year.”Supporting the launch of Vermont Teddy Bear political Bears is a digital ad campaign designed to be attention-grabbing, amusing and thought provoking. Some encourage people to “PAWs for Politics” and #getoutandvote. Others take a lighter approach, “Pearls vs. Granola… Who has your vote?” And then there’s the straightforward: “Hillary vs. Jeb… A Bear of a fight.” Additionally, Vermont Teddy Bear is hosting an interactive poll at www.VermontTeddyBear.com/vote(link is external) where everyone is invited to vote for their favorite Bear.Like all classically designed handmade Vermont Teddy Bears, the presidential candidate Bears are crafted in Vermont using 100% recycled stuffing and guaranteed for life. It’s the iconic touches that make these Bears stand apart. Trump Bear and Bernie Bear, for example, have unruly locks. Hillary Bear has her BlackBEARy. Jeb Bear – a “family” bush. And, Carson wears a suit and scrubs. Complete descriptions and images for each presidential candidate Bear can be found at www.VermontTeddyBear.com/Candidates(link is external), where orders can also be placed.About Vermont Teddy BearVermont Teddy Bear, the largest handcrafter of Teddy Bears in North America, lovingly designs, stuffs and stitches every Bear in Vermont. For a one-of-a-kind gift that’s just as unique as the recipient, every Vermont Teddy Bear can be customized to fit a special life event, occasion or holiday. Orders can be placed via phone (1.800.829.BEAR); mail-order catalog and online at www.VermontTeddyBear.com(link is external).
Central Vermont Medical Center,Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center Board of Trustees, based in Berlin, elected Mike Dellipriscoli as the new chair during their annual meeting on Wednesday. He will be joined on the board by two new trustees, Sandy Rousse and Marilyn White. Dellipriscoli has been on the CVMC board since 2012 and succeeds Greg Voorheis as chair. Dellipriscoli is Assistant Vice President – Strategic Analysis at the National Life Group in Montpelier. He joined National Life Group in 1988 and has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. A native of Philadelphia, Dellipriscoli graduated from Villanova University with a degree in mathematics and earned his MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dellipriscoli and his wife, Sue, live in Montpelier, where they raised their five children. Dellipriscoli is a longtime member and a past president of the Montpelier Rotary Club and has served on the boards of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the UVM Health Network board and is the chair of the UVMHN Audit Committee. Mike Dellipriscoli was elected the new chair of the UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center Board of Trustees, he is joined by Sandy Rousse and Marilyn B. White. “We are pleased to welcome our new board members,” said Judy Tartaglia, CVMC President and CEO. “I’m looking forward to working with them and Mike as he begins his tenure as the board chair. He brings a wealth of financial and managerial expertise to the position.”“I’m very excited about how CVMC fits within the University of Vermont Health Network and the value that brings to the people in our community,” said Dellipriscoli. “This is a great time to be the board chair as all the benefits of the network really begin to come to fruition.”Sandy Rousse, CPA, is the President and CEO of Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH). Sandy also serves on the finance committee of CVMC and OneCare Vermont, and is on the board of CHAC (Community Health Accountable Care ACO). She is also serving her first term as the President of the VNAs of Vermont.Marilyn B. White was recently elected president of the CVMC Auxiliary. She was employed for 36 years at Chittenden Bank, retiring in 2001 as the assistant vice president and assistant branch manager. She’s been on the CVHHH Board of Directors and served for several years as the secretary of the Montpelier Kiwanis.The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center is part of a four-hospital system established to deliver high-quality academic medicine to every community we serve. Our partners are: The University of Vermont Medical Center, The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital and The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital. For more information and to connect with us through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and our blog, visit UVMHealth.org/CVMC(link is external).
Steve Davis Sextet(link is external)Feb. 13, BrattleboroThe Steve Davis Sextet celebrates the music of J.J. Johnson and features legendary pianist Harold Mabern. The concert also features special guest and regional saxophone star, Scott MullettEmpty Bowl Benefit(link is external)Feb. 13, MiddlesexSelect a handcrafted ceramic bowl and enjoy a hearty meal of homemade soup, bread, cheese and more. 100% of the proceeds benefits the Vermont Foodbank. Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display(link is external)Feb. 13, LudlowEnjoy pyrotechnics at Okemo’s Clock Tower base area, following a torchlight parade of skiers and riders.Sleigh Ride Week(link is external)Feb. 13-21, WoodstockClimb aboard the Billings Farm sleigh for a ride through the frost farm fields. Activities include Presidential cookie sampling and presidential trivia.Ben & Jerry’s Winter Festival(link is external)Feb. 27, WaterburyA family-friendly event celebrating ice cream. Flavor samples, factory tours, outdoor games, gift shop discounts.Essex Winter Carnival and Chili Cook Off(link is external)Feb. 27, EssexEnjoy music, performances, winter activities (inside and out), great food, refreshments, and a chili cook off. Vermont Business Magazine An extra day in February this year gives you that much more time to enjoy Vermont events. From evenings at cultural presentations to snow sport competitions and festivals, here’s a sampler of fun things to do on VermontVacation.com(link is external) this month.Waterbury Winterfest(link is external)Feb. 1-7, Waterbury This annual celebration of winter includes beer tastings, wassailing, a moonlit snowshoe, outdoor volleyball, snow football, open skate and more.Winter as Prism or Prison(link is external)Through March 26, BrandonPeople have conflicting emotions about winter. This juried exhibit presents different takes on the notion of winter as a beautiful prism of light, or a prison one can’t wait to escape.Harry Potter Book Night(link is external)Feb. 4, EssexYoung wizards, witches and Muggles will be treated to an evening of games, activities, readings and quizzes. Scrumptious wizard food will be served.Late Night at Bolton Valley(link is external)Fridays through April 1, BoltonBack by popular demand: Late Night at Bolton Valley keeps the lifts running until 10 pm.Winter Lights(link is external)Feb. 5-7, BurlingtonNew installations will light up Church Street, while families enjoy discounts, a health and wellness expo, ice sculpture gardens and demos, ice games, and a penguin plunge.Investigate Ice!(link is external)Feb. 6, NorwichA full day of family workshops at the Montshire Museum of Science, exploring the science and art of snow and ice.Northern Snowshoe Race and Family Festival(link is external)Feb. 7, JeffersonvilleTreks, walks and races on snowshoes. Rentals available.The Vermont Flurry: Snow Sculpture Festival(link is external)Feb. 12-14, WoodstockThe Woodstock village green is transformed into a celebration of winter and the visual arts. Professional snow sculpting teams compete to create large, stunning sculptures. Event is weather-dependent.Brattleboro Winter Carnival(link is external)Feb. 12-21, BrattleboroSnowmobile rides, skating, skiing, sugar-on-snow, sleigh rides, pancake breakfast, chili cook off and more will be featured at this 60th annual event.Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra Winter Concert(link is external)Feb. 13, ColchesterAn evening of classical music to warm your heart. Enjoy works by Brahms, Beethoven, Chausson, Williams, and Mussorgsky.
Vermont Business Magazine In hypothetical head-to-head general election contests, either Democratic candidate would defeat any Republican challenger, a new poll released by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute shows. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont leads Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, with 51.1 percent to 37.4 percent. In a Hillary Clinton versus Trump scenario, 47.7 percent report they would support the former US Secretary of State, comfortably topping the 38.4 percent who said they would back Trump.Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton are both ahead of any announced Republican candidate in hypothetical match-ups. Vermont Biz file photo.Ohio Governor John Kasich scored the highest among Republican candidates in the hypothetical matches, but still did not emerge a winner. He had 40.7 percent against Clinton, who got 42.4 percent. Kasich garnered 38.4 percent when pitted against Sanders, who earned 44 percent.Continuing the possible different scenarios, likely voters gave Sanders 49 percent when competing with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who received 34.2 percent. In a Clinton-versus-Cruz race, Clinton earned 46.9 percent while Cruz secured 37 percent.”Head-to-head, it looks like a good start for the Democrats. They’ve taken advantage of the fact that the GOP race is beset by a perceived dysfunction,” said Frank Orlando, Saint Leo political science instructor. “Still, it’s a long way from November, and the parties haven’t crystallized completely behind their nominee yet. It’s going to get closer as the campaigns focus their attacks on their opponent in the general election.”Among Democratic likely voters, Clinton was the top choice for presidential candidate with 58.7 percent nationally while Sanders earned 35.2 percent. For Republicans, Trump was the leading vote getter with 44.6 percent, followed by Cruz at 21.3 percent, and Kasich with 18.2 percent.”I think Clinton still is going to be a strong favorite, especially if Donald Trump is her Republican opponent,” said Orlando. “That being said, general elections are not isolated from shocks in the economy or world affairs. In a head-to-head race, things can change quickly, and if the terrible events that just played out in Belgium occur closer to Election Day, all bets are off.”The Saint Leo University Polling Institute survey results about Florida and national politics, public policy issues, Pope Francis’ popularity, and other topics, can be found here: http://polls.saintleo.edu(link is external). You can also follow the institute on Twitter @saintleopolls.SOURCE SAINT LEO, Fla., March 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Saint Leo University Polling Institute
Vermont Business Magazine Ski Vermont is working with partners in Vermont and across the country to provide programs(link is external) and incentives to get on the slopes this season. Long time skiers and riders, as well as those looking to learn a snowsport for the first time can win great prizes like lift tickets to Vermont resorts, skis from Rossignol and snowboards from Burton, among many other prizes this season. Ski Vermont image.Longtime participants in the national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month(link is external) initiative, Vermont resorts offer $49 beginners packages during the month of January. Ski Vermont also offers the Take 3 Pass this season, which includes 3 beginner lessons for just $129(link is external). Ten participants in this program are eligible to receive a pair of Rossignol skis or a Burton snowboard at the end of the season. Ski Vermont aims to reward already established Vermont-loving skiers and snowboarders this season with the new Bring-a-Friend(link is external) program and the 2016-17 Season Scavenger Hunt. For those that want to introduce a friend or family member to skiing or snowboarding, they simply need to refer them (or gift them) a Ski Vermont Take 3 Pass and help get them to the slopes and into their first lesson. The first 100 participants will receive 2 lift tickets to a resort in Vermont. Social-savvy skiers and riders can participate in the inaugural Ski Vermont Scavenger Hunt(link is external) this season. Each week, starting on Thursday, December 29th, Ski Vermont will announce the resort, product and prize of the week on Instagram(link is external) and Facebook(link is external). Participants post photos of the resorts and/or product that week to be entered to win prizes from Ski Vermont partners like Darn Tough socks, Skida headwear, Vermont maple syrup and more. Two lucky participants will walk away with a Burton Process Flying V snowboard or pair of Rossignol Soul 7 HD skis at the close of the season. “We are extremely excited to launch new initiatives for both beginners and established skiers and riders this season,” said Ski Vermont Director of Marketing and Communications, Sarah Wojcik. “With great incentives provided by our partners and Vermont resorts, Ski Vermont aims to reward those visiting our Green Mountains and reveling in the state’s official winter sports — whether for the first time or hundredth.”For the 17th year in a row, Ski Vermont is offering the Fifth Grade Passport(link is external), allowing fifth graders to ski virtually for free up to 88 days at Vermont alpine and Nordic resorts. For more info rmation on Ski Vermont’s programs and incentives to slide, visit skivermont.com(link is external).Ski Vermont (Vermont Ski Areas Association) is a proud ambassador of the thriving winter tourism industry in Vermont, where the legislature has designated skiing and snowboarding as the official state sports. Vermont is not only the #1 ski state in the east and third in the US, but also reigns supreme in snowmaking quality and coverage, variety of terrain and historical impact on the sports of skiing and snowboarding — making it one of the most significant ski and ride destinations in the world. Ski Vermont’s mission is to help create a legislative, economic and social environment in which the state’s ski areas can grow and prosper. It serves its 20 Alpine and 30 Nordic member resorts in three ma jor areas: Governmental Affairs, Marketing and Public Relations.Source: MONTPELIER, VT–(Marketwired – December 28, 2016) – Ski Vermont