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first_img“This innovative proposal will advance important public policyobjectives, provide benefits to our customers and raise the bar on our alreadyefficient operations.  In addition, an anticipated improvement in thecompany’s credit quality will allow the Company to borrow capital at moreattractive rates which will hold down costs for our customers,” Duttonsaid. “This is especially critical as we begin discussions aboutreplacing expiring power contracts with Hydro Quebec and Vermont Yankee.” The Morgan Stanley contract currently suppliesapproximately 15 percent of Green Mountain Power’s power supplyportfolio. -30- Green Mountain Power’s rates have risen lessthan three percent since January 2001.  During the same five-year period,the consumer price index rose 13 percent and wholesale energy costs increased93 percent.  Vermont as a whole has thesecond lowest rates in New England due inlarge part to the low-cost Vermont Yankee and Hydro Quebec contracts. Among Vermont’sfive largest utilities, Green Mountain Power’s overall average rates arecurrently tied with Burlington Electric’s for the lowest, based on themost recent state data available.             Forfurther information, please contact Dorothy Schnure, Manager of CorporateCommunications, at 802-655-8418.             Vermont law provides thePublic Service Board with a full year to consider utilities’ alternativeregulation proposals. Rising energy costs are driving up rates for otherutilities in Vermont, New England and acrossthe country, with pending increases running as high as 72 percent in Maryland. In Vermont, rate hikespending or approved in the last year range from 10 percent to 23 percent. (A list of Vermontrate increase requests is attached.)  In New England,rate hikes pending or approved in the last year range from four percent to 60percent.  (A state-by-state regional summary is also attached.) Also, with the encouragement of the state legislature, Green Mountain Powerseparately filed today an innovative proposal that would establish a newregulatory framework for the Company.  Last year, the General Assemblypassed legislation (Act 61) that provided additional authority to utilities andregulators to propose alternative regulation plans with a particular emphasison the public policy goal of separating the financial success of a utility fromincreased electricity sales, thereby removing potential barriers to energyconservation.  Green Mountain Power operates in a highly efficient manner, serving 464customers per employee. The other four largest utilities in Vermont ranged from 367 customers peremployee to 155 customers per employee in 2004, which is the most recent dataavailable. v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }#10-06                                                                             April 14, 2006 GREENMOUNTAIN POWER ASKSFOR 11.95 PERCENT INCREASE IN RATES;INCREASINGPOWER COSTS PRINCIPAL FACTOR Vermont utility rate increasefilings in past 12 months Green Mountain Power is the first electric utility inthe state to file a plan under this new law.  (Vermont Gas Systems filed itsplan in September 2005).  Act 61 requires the Public Service Board toreport to the General Assembly on the number and progress of utilityalternative regulation initiatives by January 15, 2007. “We have been able to keep our rates relatively flat over the lastseveral years because we have done a good job of managing our power supplycosts” said Chris Dutton, president and chief executive officer.“Our low-cost power contracts with Vermont Yankee, Hydro Quebec andMorgan Stanley have brought significant value to our customers. However, as theMorgan Stanley contract expires at the end of this year, we are forced toreplace it in a significantly higher cost marketplace.”  Green Mountain Power Corporation (www.greenmountainpower.biz(link is external))is a Vermont-based energy services company serving 90,000 electric customers. Higher energy costs in New England areattributable to several factors, including the run-up in global oil and naturalgas prices and concern about the impact on the wholesale market of a predictedabnormally active hurricane season.  3/10/06 (10/11/05 requested and 11/05 took effect) 16.7% 13.6% Burlington Electric Department 3/16/06 22.86% Green Mountain Power 4/14/06 11.95%             Ifthe full rate request is approved, the monthly bill for average residentialcustomer using 650 kwh would increase by $10.25, from $85.74 to $95.99.             COLCHESTER, VT. . . Green Mountain Power (NYSE: GMP) today asked the Vermont Public ServiceBoard to authorize an 11.95 percent rate increase to go into effect on January1, 2007. The Company said 88 percent of the increase is due to rising powercosts in a post-Katrina wholesale market, while the remaining 12 percent is dueto increasing state and regional transmission costs. 2005 and2006 New EnglandElectricity Rate Increases (pending or approved) State Range of Increase Requested Connecticut 4% to 22% Maine 8% to 10% Massachusetts 4% to 55% New Hampshire 12% to 60% Rhode Island 10% to 25%             Ifapproved by regulators, the proposal would create opportunities and incentivesfor the Company to become more efficient, improve customer service, removeincentives to benefit from increased electricity sales, streamline costrecovery, share efficiency savings with customers, increase credit quality, andreduce regulatory and borrowing costs borne by customers.  In addition,Green Mountain Power proposes directing additional funding to Power Partners,Green Mountain Power’s low income assistance program.  Utility Date of Request or Implementation Increase Requested Village of Hyde Park Electric Department 5/16/2005 14.81% Village of Johnson Water & Light Department 5/16/2005 14.83% Town of Readsboro Electric Department 6/16/2005 15.27% Town of Stowe Electric Department 6/16/2005   9.94% Village of Jacksonville Electric Department 7/1/2005 12.72% Lyndonville Electric Department 11/16/05 17.68% Vermont Electric Cooperative 12/1/05 14.35% Vermont Gas “While we know any increase in rates is difficult for our customers, webelieve we have been able to keep our request comparatively low through ouraggressive power supply management and efficient operations,” said Mr.Dutton. “It is also important to note that we are maintaining ageneration mix that has extremely low air emissions. Finally, we are proud ofour superior customer service as measured by service quality standardsestablished with state regulators, including low frequency and length of poweroutages and high customer responsiveness in our call center.”last_img read more


first_img22nd June 2006, A family of desktop and laptop computers from Apple, introduced in 1984. When spelled Mac, short for Macintosh computer. It was the first computer to popularize the graphical user interface (GUI). The combination of Mac hardware and software has been exceptionally consistent over the years, providing an ease of use that Mac users have enjoyed.The combination of Mac hardware and software has been exceptionally consistent over the years, providing an ease of use that Mac users have enjoyed. With a Windows emulator such as Virtual PC, Macs can also run Windows and DOS applications. Since the mid 1980s, it has been essentially a Mac vs. PC world for personal computers, with Linux-based PCs gaining ground after the millennium.A manufacturer of desktop and laptop computers and the industry’s most fabled story. Founded in a garage by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs and guided by Mike Mark Kula, Apple blazed the trails for the personal computer industry. Apple was formed on April fool’s Day in 1976. After introducing the Apple I at the Palo Alto Homebrew Computer Club, 10 retail stores were selling them by the end of the year.In 1977, the Apple II was introduced, a fully-assembled computer with 4K RAM. Its open architecture encouraged third-party vendors to build plug-in hardware enhancements. This, plus sound and color graphics, caused Apple II is to become the most widely used computer in the home and classroom. They were also used in business primarily for the innovative VisiCalc software that was launched on it.In 1983, Apple introduced the Lisa, was aimed at the corporate market, but was soon dropped in favor of the Mac. As a graphics-based machine, the Mac was successful as a low-cost desktop publishing system. But, things were to change.In 1987, the Mac II offered higher speed, larger screens in color and traditional cabinetry that accepted third-party add-in cards. In 1991, Apple surprised the industry by announcing an alliance with IBM to form several companies that would develop hardware and software together. In 1994, Apple came out with its first PowerPC-based PowerMacs, which proved very popular. Its PowerBook laptops were an instant success, and all subsequent models departed from the original Motorola 680×0 architecture to the PowerPC.It has watched its graphical interface copied more with each incarnation of Windows and watched its market share drop simultaneously. In late 1994, Apple began to license its OS to system vendors in order to create a Macintosh clone industry, which pundits had been suggesting for years. However, a couple of years later, that was discontinued.In 1997, Apple acquired NeXT Computer, which brought Steve Jobs back to the company he founded and gave it a raft of object-oriented development tools, parts of which filtered down into the Mac OS X operating system.In 1998, Apple introduced the iMac, a low-priced Internet-readyMac that was the first personal computer without a floppy disk. Self-contained in one unit like the original Mac, Apple sold 800,000 iMacs in a year, making it the fastest-selling computer in its history. Apple’s subsequent models, including the G4 Cube and Titanium portable, were in a class by themselves. Apple continues to offer attractive alternatives to the Windows-based PC.The first Mac had only a floppy disk and 128K of memory, and its “high-rise” cabinet and built-in 9″ monochrome screen was unique. Maintained for a number of years and streamlined in its Classic model, the high-rise gave way to more traditional cabinetry for a while. Starting in the late 1990s, Apple returned to its roots by introducing the iMac and restoring its flair for unique cabinet design.Welcome to DVWARE! Go to http://www.dvwarehouse.com(link is external) they are a leading independent reseller of quality new, used, and refurbished Macintosh computers, parts, and accessories.Author: Monica CraftFor http://www.dvwarehouse.com(link is external) (Leading Online Computer Store).For Listing Just login to http://www.dvwarehouse.com(link is external) for all kinds of Mac Part You can also vist our other site for http://www.idigitals.com(link is external) for Computer Partslast_img read more


first_imgSOURCE Moscow Mills Manufacturing. MOSCOW, Vt., April 15 /PRNewswire/ — Moscow Mills Manufacturing and Foster-Miller, Inc of Waltham, MA, have announced a major new non-lethal system for stopping small boats such as those used by pirates, drug traffickers and terrorists. The companies are working in conjunction with the Pentagon’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate program in Quantico, VA, and the US Coast Guard to move the project into even more widespread usage.The system, dubbed “Boat Trap” uses ballistic nets dropped from aircraft to ensnare and stop small boats without using lethal force. The Boat Trap has been extensively tested in both US waters and in the Caribbean. It is currently being deployed on a limited basis by US government agencies.”The Boat Trap has been designed specifically to stop small boats in crowded areas,” said Anderson Leveille, founder of Moscow Mills Manufacturing. “These small, often high-speed craft, whether operated by pirates, terrorists or drug smugglers, are a constant threat. Because these small boats tend to operate close to shore and in populated areas, use of lethal force is often not an option. Using the boat trap’s ballistic net technologies, these threats craft can be stopped and the crews captured before they take over a ship or cause a terrorist incident.”A strong advocate of the technology has been Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a senior member of the Senate’s Defense Appropriations Subcommittee who has secured funding in the annual defense budget for Moscow Mills to develop the boat trap for the U.S. Navy. “It was a joyous day for all Vermonters when the U.S. Navy successfully freed Captain Phillips. This incident highlights the tangle of issues raised by today’s versions of piracy on the high seas. It is heartening to see how Moscow Mills has applied its skill to come up with a non-lethal approach that may help stop small boats from approaching larger ships. It will be important to evaluate all new and old approaches that can help protect our mariners.”The Boat Trap program originated through the Pentagon’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapon’s Directorate in Quantico, Virginia and has been strongly supported by the U.S. Coast Guard. The JNLWD has the mission to develop non-lethal responses to combat operations, terrorism and related threats such as piracy. Both the US Coast Guard and JNLWD have been leaders in developing capabilities such as the Boat Trap which are vital to protecting against piracy, terrorism, drug smuggling and human trafficking.About the Boat Trap TechnologyThe Boat Trap uses a non-lethal ballistic net deployed from a helicopter into the path of a threatening boat. The net-based system ensnares the propellers of a target speedboat, sending an unambiguous and early threat warning and disabling the craft, preventing forward progress. The nets, which are opened by weights propelled from central charge blocks, foul the propellers, rudders and steering gear of boats, stopping them at a safe distance from potential targets.By using the Boat Trap, defense and law-enforcement personnel will have another option that can help avoid the need to use guns or other lethal weapons in crowded harbors where stray bullets pose a threat to bystanders and non-combatants. In areas such as the Gulf of Aden where it is easy to mistake pirates for innocent fishermen or merchant traffic, the Boat Trap provides another option for securing ships.The Boat Trap was developed in response to the attack on the USS Cole, in Yemen and is applicable anywhere small craft pose a threat or need to be stopped for interdiction purposes such as drug smuggling, piracy or human trafficking.The current version is designed for deployment from helicopters, but new versions are in development that can be launched directly from ships or from harbor installations. The boat trap uses proprietary ballistic net technology developed by QinetiQ’s Foster Miller unit in Waltham, Ma.The Boat Trap is being manufactured and assembled by Moscow Mills Manufacturing of Moscow, Vermont.About QinetiQ North AmericaQinetiQ North America delivers world-class technology and responsive solutions to government agencies and commercial customers for many of their most urgent and complex challenges. QinetiQ North America is an independent, innovative technology provider that earns over a billion dollars in revenue operating with small company speed and agility while leveraging significant global resources. More than 6,000 QinetiQ North America engineers, scientists and other professionals have the mission knowledge and proven, reliable performance to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers. For more information, please visit www.QinetiQ-NA.com(link is external).About QinetiQ Technology Solutions GroupQinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group, headquartered in Waltham, MA, includes the businesses of Foster-Miller, Inc., and its subsidiaries Planning Systems Incorporated, Automatika, Applied Perception, Spectro, Inc., and the research and development activities of Apogen Technologies, Inc. It is a technology and product development group with an international reputation for delivering innovative products and systems that perform under the most demanding conditions.About Moscow-Mills ManufacturingMoscow Mills Manufacturing is an R&D, engineering and manufacturing firm for the semiconductor, aerospace, defense and manufacturing industries. The company provides a full range mechanical engineering, system integration, development and testing capabilities. For more information, visit www.moscow-mills.com(link is external)last_img read more


first_imgState Auditor Tom Salmon, CPA, said he has launched a survey of the 62 school supervisory unions in Vermont to determine the full range of shared services among schools that help improve services or instruction and may contain costs.“Many schools are sharing services of one kind or another, from common bus and food service contracts, to computer specialists, language teachers or special education staff,” Salmon said, “but no one has a good handle on what everyone is doing. Our survey will help produce an inventory of possibilities,” he said.“As school boards, administrators, teachers, parents and others build budgets this fall, we can all benefit from more information about what’s working, what’s not, and what is getting in the way of more sharing,” Salmon noted. “There’s a lot of creativity at work in the school community, and the survey’s goal is to identify new concepts and get them to superintendents, principals and school boards around Vermont to consider,” he noted.Salmon said he’s had help from the Vermont Superintendents’ Association and the Vermont Department of Education on the project.“Part of the survey asks administrators to identify obstacles to developing more shared-service agreements that can help students and perhaps reduce costs through economies of scale and the sharing of special expertise.” Salmon said that information might help legislators consider allowing more flexible approaches to school spending.The Auditor said that the results will be posted on his website next month. www.auditor.vermont.gov(link is external)Source: Auditor’s office. 10.22.2009.last_img read more


first_imgWeekly unemployment claims fell for the fourth consecutive week. This follows an end-of-the-year spike in new claims. It comes on the heels of a rise in the Vermont unemployment rate of 6.9 percent in December 2009, up from 6.4 percent in November. It is not clear at this point whether a drop in claims will result in a drop in the January 2010 unemployment rate, which will not be released until March. Year-to-year claims are also down. For the week of January 23, 2010, there were 1,022 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 244 from the week before. Altogether 14,835 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 217 from a week ago and 1,070 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,932 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 74 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 3,208 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 40 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more


first_imgTimeshare Relief, Inc, a Torrance, California, company, will offer over $91,000 in consumer refunds and pay $50,000 to the State of Vermont to settle claims that it violated Vermont law in three different ways in arranging for the repurchase of timeshares. Commenting on the settlement, the second of its kind in the past eight months, Vermont Attorney General William H Sorrell again warned out-of-state companies offering a financial benefit to Vermonters not to violate the State’s consumer laws, or “they will find that doing so is an expensive proposition.”On eight occasions between 2007 and 2010, representatives of Timeshare Relief came to Burlington to solicit consumers to transfer ownership of their unused timeshares and thus relieve the owners of timeshare maintenance fees, taxes and other costs. The company advertised these meetings with a mailing that invited Vermonters to find out about the “Guaranteed Timeshare Relief Solution.” A number of consumers who met with Timeshare Relief understood the invitation to mean that the company would offer to pay them for their timeshares; in fact, they had to pay several hundred to several thousand dollars to transfer ownership of their timeshares. The Attorney General considered this to be a deceptive trade practice.In addition, many of the consumers were also given a “Financial Benefits Worksheet” that indicated that they might be eligible for a tax deduction as an offset against their payment to Timeshare Relief, when in fact such a deduction is available only in those rare cases where the primary reason for buying the timeshare was for investment. The Attorney General also claimed this to be a deceptive trade practice.In addition, through June 2008, Timeshare Relief did not comply with the requirement of Vermont law that whenever goods or services are sold at a transient location like a hotel, the buyer must be given specified notice of his or her right to cancel the transaction.Under the settlement, Timeshare Relief will:Offer those 28 of its customers who did not receive proper notice of their right to cancel an opportunity to cancel the transaction within ten business days and get all of their money back. Letters to this effect will be sent out in the next month, and Timeshare Relief will pay up to $84,000 under this provision.Send to another 28 customers a check in the amount of $250 to compensate them for the time and money they spent traveling to attend the company’s presentation.Pay the State of Vermont $50,000 in civil penalties and costs.Source: Vermont Attorney General. June 29, 2010last_img read more


first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation on Friday will reopen the I-89 northbound entrance ramp at Exit 8 in Montpelier. The exact time has not been fixed, but it likely will be sometime after the morning rush commute. But by the end of the day, VTrans anticipates having the ramp open. The ramp was not scheduled to be reopened until September 3, so opening the ramp tomorrow means it will open a week ahead of schedule.The detour signs will remain up until after the ramp is opened, so there will be a very short time when the ramp is open but some detour signs are still in place. VTrans anticipates traffic patterns regarding the Interstate to be back to normal by the weekend.Source: VTrans. 8.26.2010last_img read more


first_imgHarris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, was awarded a $14 million contract by the State of Vermont to deploy a statewide radio system for public safety first responders and state agencies. The system meets Vermont’s specific requirements for regional and cross-border communications – connecting local, state and federal agencies within the state, and providing interoperability with agencies in neighboring states and Canada.”Vermont’s vision for our public safety communications is clearly addressed by the Harris P25 solution, which also allows us to leverage our existing infrastructure,” said Chief J. Paul Duquette, Chair, Vermont Communications (VCOMM). “When completed, the VCOMM system will be a modern and reliable system for Vermont public safety agencies that meets federal mandates and will support Vermont’s growing public safety communications needs well into the future.”The P25 (Project 25) standards-based system will be built on Harris VIDA(Ã ®) (Voice, Interoperability, Data, Access) network technology. The Harris VIDA Network is a cost-effective, Internet Protocol (IP)-based interoperable radio communications technology that fully complies with the emerging APCO P25 Phase 2 standards. VIDA enables communications between new and legacy systems, delivering seamless interoperability regardless of frequency band, radio brand or operating mode. In addition, the Harris VIDA network will efficiently utilize the state’s existing UHF and VHF frequencies and provide Vermont’s first responders with increased radio coverage with virtually no increase in the number of tower sites.”The Harris P25 solution based on VIDA network technology enables Vermont to meet its statewide public safety communications needs today, with a flexible and powerful platform that can support new applications and technologies in the future,” said Steve Marschilok, president, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications.The Harris team in Vermont includes Jacobs Telecommunications, Alcatel-Lucent, Communications International Inc., Bly Communications, Burlington Communications Service Center Inc, Rinkers and Wright Communications.Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications is a leading supplier of assured communications(Ã ®) systems and equipment for public safety, federal, utility, commercial and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks, to industry leading multiband, multimode radios, to public safety-grade broadband video and data solutions. With more than 80 years of experience, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications supports over 500 systems around the world.About Harris CorporationHarris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications(Ã ®) products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com(link is external).Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Other factors that may impact the company’s results and forward-looking statement may be disclosed in the company’s filings with the SEC. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.SOURCE Harris Corporation. BOSTON, Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —last_img read more


first_imgChroma Technology Corp,For the third straight year, Chroma Technology, a  growing employee-owned company in Rockingham, has made WorldBlu’s global “List of Most Democratic Workplaces.””We don’t use organizational democracy as a tool,” said Chroma cofounder and president Paul Millman. “It is who we are.”Chroma was one of 52 international companies named to this prestigious list on April 12. Other well-known companies were Groupon, Zappos.com, HCL Technologies and WD-40.Chroma manufactures optical microscope filters and coatings for laboratories all over the world. It has sales offices in Germany and, as of March, in China. Its 2010 sales were $19.6 million. It employs 90 people.  In 2009 and 2010, it was on Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 list of the country’s fastest-growing private companies.”We often compare how many employees we have with our closest competitors,” Millman said. “We always compare favorably in that we have substantially fewer employees producing equal or greater sales volume. We accomplish this, in part by pushing decision making to the work floor. We expect our employee owners to take on many of the tasks that traditional management does at other companies. We find that employee-ownership and workplace democracy allows us to be more efficient and more productive.”Both for-profit and nonprofit organizations from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the UK, India, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Malaysia made WorldBlu’s list from a diversity of industries, including aerospace, technology, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications, retail, services and energy. The companies range in size from five to over 80,000 employees and represent over $15 billion in combined annual revenue.The standard for certification is high, and requires a large number of employees to complete a survey evaluating their organization’s practice of ten democratic principles, such as transparency, dialogue and listening, integrity, accountability and choice on a leadership, individual, and systems and processes level.WorldBlu developed the survey tool based on a decade of research into what makes a world-class democratic organization. Not all organizations that apply receive certification.At Chroma, democracy is an ongoing practice, Millman said.”Chroma is constantly in the process of devising and refining organizational structures,” Millman said. “This process sometimes lags. We sometimes find our longer term employees complaining about the changes. There is a dynamic tension that can either be constructive or destructive. Managing that dynamic is the function of leadership.”last_img read more


first_imgState and local law enforcement in Vermont will receive more than $8.5 million in federal grant assistance to help with prevention and preparedness, US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday.  The grants will be released Thursday by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ‘Police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians and a long list of other first responders keep criminals off the street, protect our communities, and help secure our borders,’ said Leahy.  ‘Safety, security and preparedness must continue to be high priorities as further waves of budget cuts are negotiated in Washington.  The officers who work every day to keep our communities safe deserve our support and our commitment.  These funds are important to Vermont’s readiness.’ Vermont will receive grant awards under three different DHS programs: ·       $5,137,205 from the State Homeland Security Grant Program to support the implementation of strategies to address the identified planning, organization, equipment, training and exercise needs to help state and local law enforcement agencies prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters.  This grant allocation includes $1.7 million to be dedicated to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities;·       $556,393 from the Driver’s License Security Grant Program to help prevent terrorism, reduce fraud and improve the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents issued by the State of Vermont;·       $2,860,761 from the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program to assist Vermont and local governments in the state in emergency preparedness for disasters and hazards.Leahy has long championed all-state minimum funding formulas for homeland security grants to ensure that small, rural states like Vermont are included and supported by federal resources to prevent terrorism.  Since 2001, Leahy’s all-state minimum has brought Vermont more than $95 million in federal funding to help first responders upgrade equipment, modernize radio systems and offer new training opportunities.  Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which handles the Senate’s work in writing the annual budget bills that fund the DHS grant programs.  Leahy’s office. 5.19.2011last_img read more