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According to court documents, Debra Kinney has agreed to pay the government $250,000. The indictment contends that Kinney embezzled funds from the Border Lodge Credit Union in Derby Line beginning in late 2010. The credit union served 1,100 members and was one of the state’s smallest. It operated from Kinney’s home.
Vermont retailers and state officials are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided it will not get involved in efforts by states to collect sales taxes for online purchases.
They are hoping the decision clears the way for Congressional action on the issue.
Vermonters are supposed to pay a sales tax on any purchases that would normally be subject to the tax when those purchases are made out of state or online. Despite the requirement, most people do not declare these purchases.
Political leaders and advocates for low-income Vermonters are warning that further cuts to food assistance will make an already difficult situation.
They say a number of factors have contributed to a rise in food insecurity among Vermonters; including the economic downturn, budget cuts, sequestration and the end of a temporary boost to benefits for SNAP, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Gov. Peter Shumlin, Senator Patrick Leahy and others gathered Monday to underscore their point.
This time of year, charitable pantries have a hard time meeting the need of families who cannot afford to buy food. But certain donations are clearly more useful than others. Some customers get handed a box of canned goods they would never have chosen for themselves, and may not know how to prepare.
Four major companies that provide cell phone service in Vermont say they will no longer allow most third party charges to be added to consumer cell phone bills.
Three of the mobile phone carriers – AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile - told Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell and attorneys general in 44 other states that they will stop passing along third party charges for what are known as premium text message services.
In a statement, Verizon said it is also largely discontinuing the practice of allowing third party charges to be added to customers’ bills.