Shumlin and Legislature move swiftly to pass Budget Adjustment Bill

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today signed the state’s Budget Adjustment Bill, a milestone for progress in the legislative session. The  governor noted that this is the earliest date any governor had signed this legislation in at least a decade, and complimented the leadership in the House and the Senate for moving swiftly to affordably address the needs of Vermonters.‘We arrived at the State House in January aware of the difficult spending decisions facing Vermont,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘My administration and the House and Senate worked overtime to ensure this spending adjustment for the current year is affordable for taxpayers, yet meets our most pressing needs.’The bill for the current fiscal year includes:·          Approximately $19 million from the federal Jobs Bill to help schools meet budget constraints;·         $500,000 to combat homelessness in Vermont — $300,000 in grants directly to shelters, and $200,000 in General Assistance to help renters avoid eviction due to late payment, and assist with housing deposits to move homeless Vermonters into housing;·         $700,000 to provide assistance to Vermonters with traumatic brain injuries through the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living; and·         $280,000 to the Department for Children and Families to provide living assistance to the aged, blind and disabled.The Budget Adjustment Bill is an annual act that makes a mid-course correction to this year’s spending plan based on changes in the challenges facing Vermont since lawmakers approved a current-year budget the previous spring. In all, this bill proposes a relatively small spending increase of about $6 million in total spending for the year. The bill also includes some spending reductions created by caseload changes or other program shifts.‘We have challenging decisions to make in this building moving forward,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘It is imperative that ‘ just as we did in passing the Budget Adjustment Bill ‘ we work cooperatively to balance the needs of Vermonters with their ability to pay for those services.’ Source: MONTPELIER ‘ 2.17.2011last_img read more

McMenon appoints regional general manager for Middle East and Asia-Pacific

first_imgMcMenon specialises in the design and manufacture of differential pressure flow meters such as orifice plates, averaging pitot tubes, wedge meters, nozzles, Venturi meters (topside and subsea) as well as variable area flow meters and temperature monitoring equipment. Bipin said: “McMenon’s engineering heritage, expertise, capability, flexibility and reliability puts it in a strong position to grow. Nurturing our current relationships and building new ones will be key to our strategy. McMenon Engineering Services has appointed Bipin Nair, who has over 20 years’ industry experience, as regional general manager for the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. Anand Puthran, CEO at McMenon, said: “We have strengthened our senior management team as part of our brand building and growth strategy. Bipin has been tasked with communicating McMenon’s product quality, service and commitment to excellence as well as developing the company’s operations in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. center_img “We want our customers to use our expertise and solutions for the most demanding applications to improve overall plant efficiency with minimum downtime.” He was previously with Wika Group in the Middle East for ten years, rising to the position of regional marketing manager. “The Middle East and Asia-Pacific are key markets for McMenon with huge potential for growth. It is therefore important we have the right calibre of people on board to meet our aspirations and deliver a service to clients that exceeds expectations. We are excited to welcome Bipin to the McMenon team.” last_img read more