Vermont mortgage delinquencies, foreclosures fall

first_imgWhile Vermont remained at 16th best in the nation for non-current mortgages, both delinquencies (5 percent) and foreclosures (3.7 percent) fell in March from February levels (4.6 percent and 3.8 percent). Vermont’s total non-current was 8.4 percent against a national average of 11.2 percent.Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE: LPS), a leading provider of integrated technology, data and analytics to the mortgage and real estate industries, reports the following March 2012 month-end mortgage performance statistics (SEE TABLE BELOW) derived from its loan-level database of nearly 40 million mortgage loans.Total U.S. loan delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure): 7.09% Month-over-month change in delinquency rate: -6.3%Year-over-year change in delinquency rate: -8.8%Total U.S. foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate: 4.14%Month-over-month change in foreclosure presale inventory rate: 0.1%Year-over-year change in foreclosure presale inventory rate: -1.6%Number of properties that are 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure: (A) 3,531,000Number of properties that are 90 or more days delinquent, but not in foreclosure: 1,643,000Number of properties in foreclosure pre-sale inventory: (B) 2,060,000Number of properties that are 30 or more days delinquent or in foreclosure: (A+B) 5,591,000States with highest percentage of non-current* loans: FL, MS, NV, NJ, ILStates with the lowest percentage of non-current* loans: MT, AK, SD, WY, ND*Non-current totals combine foreclosures and delinquencies as a percent of active loans in that state. Notes: (1) Totals are extrapolated based on LPS Applied Analytics’ loan-level database of mortgage assets (2) All whole numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand The company will provide a more in-depth review of this data in its monthly Mortgage Monitor report, which includes an analysis of data supplemented by in-depth charts and graphs that reflect trend and point-in-time observations. The Mortgage Monitor report is available on LPS’ website,…(link is external) .For more information about gaining access to LPS’ loan-level database, please send an e-mail to [email protected](link sends e-mail).About Lender Processing Services Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) is a leading provider of integrated technology, services and mortgage performance data and analytics to the mortgage and real estate industries. LPS offers solutions that span the mortgage continuum, including lead generation, origination, servicing, workflow automation, portfolio retention and default, augmented by the company’s award-winning customer support and professional services. Approximately 50 percent of all U.S. mortgages by dollar volume are serviced using LPS’ Mortgage Servicing Package (MSP). LPS also offers proprietary mortgage and real estate data and analytics for the mortgage and capital markets industries. For more information about LPS, visit is external). LPS: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – April 24, 2012 –last_img read more

Entergy, Northeast Utilities among Site Selection’s ‘Top Utilities in Economic Development’

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Site Selection magazine has selected its annual Top Utilities in Economic Development, based on the following mix of objective and subjective criteria: Analysis of corporate end-user project activity in 2011 in that company’s territory based on the Conway Data New Plant Database and submitted materials from utilities; survey input from corporate end users and site consultants; website tools and data; innovative programs and incentives for business, including energy efficiency and renewable energy programs; and the utility’s own job-creating infrastructure and facility investment trends.The winning utilities, in alphabetical order, are Ameren, St. Louis, Mo.; American Electric Power, Columbus, Ohio; CenterPoint Energy, Houston, Texas; Duke Energy, Charlotte, N.C.; Entergy, New Orleans, La.; FirstEnergy, Akron, Ohio; Georgia Power, Atlanta, Ga.; LG&E/KU, Louisville, Ky.; Progress Energy, Raleigh, N.C.; and Tennessee Valley Authority, Nashville, Tenn.Those qualifying for Honorable Mention include Alabama Power, Birmingham, Ala.; Dominion Virginia Power, Richmond, Va.; Hoosier Energy, Bloomington, Ind.; Mississippi Power, Gulfport, Miss.; National Grid, Syracuse, N.Y.; Northeast Utilities, Hartford, Conn.; NV Energy, Las Vegas, Nev.; Portland General Electric, Portland, Ore.; South Carolina Power Team, Columbia, S.C.; and Xcel Energy, Minneapolis, Minn.”The Top Utilities of 2012 transmit positive energy and connect better than most,” says Adam Bruns, managing editor of Site Selection. “That’s because they understand the power of people.””Utilities play a key role as participants in the economic development efforts of cities, regions and all areas working to improve their local business climate,” says Mark Arend, editor in chief of Site Selection. “This year’s Top Utilities were particularly successful in this endeavor in 2011.”The entire Top Utilities article and the annual Utilities Directory appear in the September 2012 edition of Site Selection and appear online at Also featured in the issue:Reports on energy innovations, infrastructure, logistics, and plastics & chemicals;The Canada 2012 Report, including Site Selection’s annual Canadian Competitiveness Award and Top Canadian Groups awards;State spotlights on Texas, California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Nevada, Massachusetts and the Dakotas;International spotlights on Malaysia and the United Kingdom;Area reports on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Upper Midwest regions;Investment Profiles of Malaysia; San Bernardino County; North Dakota; Saxony-Anhalt, Germany; Georgia; Pittsburgh, Pa.; utility Ameren; Indiana; Fulton County, Ga.; and Columbus, Ohio.Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Data Inc., delivers expansion planning information to 44,000 executives of fast-growing firms. The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection is also available via Site Selection Online ( The SiteNet Dispatch, a weekly e-mail newsletter, is delivered to approximately 44,000 industry professionals. The publication also publishes “The Site Selection Energy Report,” “The Site Selection Life Sciences Report” and “Site Selection International” monthly e-newsletters.Conway Data is an international publishing, consulting and association management company headquartered in Atlanta. The firm owns New-York based The Pont Group and manages the Industrial Asset Management Council (, and has published Site Selection continuously since 1954. Source: Site Selection magazine, 9.4.2012last_img read more

Michael L Seaver receives 2013 Outstanding Community Service Banker award

first_imgMichael L Seaver, President of People’s United Bank in Vermont, received the 2013 Outstanding Community Service Banker Award from the Vermont Bankers Association (VBA) at their annual conference on Saturday, September 7, 2013. Annually, the VBA honors one of its own for his or her commitment of service to the community ‘ one who exemplifies the real and tangible dedication so many bankers have for the communities in which they live.  Seaver is the 29th recipient of this award. ‘The VBA is pleased Michael Seaver was chosen as the 29th winner of our Outstanding Community Service Banker Award,’ said Judith H. Ribolini, Vice President and Corporate Secretary, VBA.  ‘We have worked closely with Michael through the years and know what he has accomplished in his banking career and for the State of Vermont which is reflected in his community involvement as well.’ Seaver serves as the Vermont President of People’s United Bank; a $31 billion diversified financial services company based in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  His 32-year banking career began in 1981 when he joined Chittenden Bank after graduating from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Seaver is a member of the Board of Saint Michael’s College, Shelburne Museum and the Vermont Business Roundtable.  He is also a Trustee of the Mayo Healthcare, Inc. in Northfield, Vermont.  He is past chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the Vermont Banker’s Association, as well as Vice President of the Board of United Way of Chittenden County. ‘Michael has been a part of our banking family for over 30 years and for as long as I have known him, I have had great respect for his commitment to serving those in need and his community,’ said Jack Barnes, President and CEO, People’s United Bank.  ‘Michael’s commitment goes well beyond serving on boards.  He participates in holiday parties for families in need, joins walks to raise money for Alzheimer’s research and brings awareness to growing needs in our community.  We are very fortunate to have Michael as our bank President in Vermont.’ About People’s United BankPeople’s United Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with $31 billion in assets. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of 418 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Michael L Seaver, Vermont President, People’s United Banklast_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims drops under 500

first_imgNew unemployment claims fell to under 500 after a two-week spike. For the week of October 19, 2013, there were 495 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont. This is a decrease of 116 from the previous week’s total, and 247 fewer than they were a year ago.Altogether 4,341  new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 127 from a week ago and 701 fewer than a year ago. The Department also processed 676 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), the same number as a week ago.In addition, there were 15 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 4 fewer than the week before. The Tier III program of extended benefits is being discontinued in Vermont as the state’s unemployment rate has been under the federal threshold for more than three months.  The total for all programs was 5,040 claims, 120 more than last week but 1,391 fewer than the same time last year.The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external) Vermont’s unemployment rate stayed at 4.6 percent in August; the release of the September rate has been delayed because of the federal shutdown. SEE STORY.last_img read more

VEDA celebrates 40 years, over $2 billion in financing

first_imgSince its inception forty years ago, the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved 7,395 separate economic development financings totaling over $2.07 billion for Vermont businesses and farms. Created by the Vermont General Assembly in 1974, VEDA’s financing approvals through June 30, 2014 include direct commercial loans of over $352 million, agricultural loans exceeding $261 million, and since 1987, small business loans totaling almost $65 million.These and other measures of the Authority’s contributions to Vermont’s economy over the years will be presented today at VEDA’s 40th Annual Meeting in Burlington.  Governor Peter Shumlin will speak at the event, as will UBS Investment Bank Senior Investment Strategist Brian Rose.VEDA’s 2014 Annual Report is available for viewing online at is external).“When the Authority was formed in 1974,” said Jo Bradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer, “its exclusive focus – as its name, the “Vermont Industrial Development Authority (VIDA),” conveyed — was on industrial development in Vermont.  The Authority supported the efforts of local development corporations to build and tenant industrial parks throughout the state.  Over the decades, that focus has broadened significantly to keep pace with Vermont’s evolving economy in an ever-changing world.”  Starting with a Legislative appropriation of $1 million in 1974, VEDA has grown to $234 million in Assets under management, with a loan portfolio at June 30, 2014 reflecting an industry mix of 33% agriculture, 21% services, 18% manufacturing, 14% tourism, 8%wholesale/retail trades, and 6% other commercial.In FY 2014, the Authority closed 254 separate financings totaling $59.8 million. The Authority’s FY 2014 financings leveraged private capital totaling almost $82 million. Of the loans VEDA closed in FY 2014, 33% were for commercial projects, 31% were agricultural loans, 23% were tax-exempt conduit bonds, and 14% were for small business projects.Also during FY 2014, the Entrepreneurial Loan Program was developed to help meet the working capital and capital-asset financing needs of Vermont- based businesses in seed, start-up and growth stages.“VEDA’s innovations in economic development financing over the years have helped thousands of businesses and farms create jobs for Vermonters,” said Bradley.  “In addition to supporting Vermont’s commercial, agricultural and small business sectors, VEDA has helped bring Vermont’s economy through a deep national recession, and provided over $18 million in emergency resources to help businesses and farms recover from damages wrought by Tropical Storm Irene and other natural disasters.  We have also developed lending programs to support investments in technology and energy in our state.  None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support of the Administration, the Vermont General Assembly, our many economic development partners at the federal, state, and regional levels and Vermont’s commercial lenders.”About VEDAThe Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is Vermont’s statewide economic development finance lender.  VEDA was created by the General Assembly in 1974 with a mission “to contribute to the creation and retention of quality jobs in Vermont by providing loans and other financial support to eligible and qualified Vermont industrial, commercial and agricultural enterprises.”VEDA offers a wide range of low-cost lending options for Vermont businesses and farms of all sizes, and the Authority’s lending solutions are customized to each borrower’s individual needs.  Whether in the form of direct loans, tax-exempt bond issuance or loan guarantee support, VEDA’s innovative financing programs help ensure that Vermont businesses and farms have the capital they need to grow and succeed.  VEDA most often lends in conjunction with banks and other financing partners, helping to stimulate economic development activity in Vermont.Since 1974, VEDA has provided over $2.07 billion in financing assistance to thousands of eligible Vermont entrepreneurs, manufacturers, small businesses, family farms, and agricultural enterprises, helping them to realize their business growth goals, create jobs, and enhance the vitality of Vermont’s economy.Source: VEDA. 10.31.2014. For more information about VEDA’s financing programs, visit is external) or call 802-828-JOBS.last_img read more

Vermont Electric Coop issues a peak alert, urges energy conservation

first_imgVermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), based in Johnson, is encouraging its members to conserve energy for today, July 13 between the hours of noon and 5 pm when demand for electricity is expected to spike as a result of high temperatures throughout New England.Here is what Coop memebers can do to help beat the peak:On Monday between 12 pm and 5 pmTurn off all unnecessary lights.Try not to use major appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers.Raise your thermostat or air conditioner by 3 degrees.VEC implements the Beat the Peak program to promote conservation during peak energy events. According to CEO Dave Hallquist, “If VEC members can collectively beat the peak by conserving electricity during peak energy times, this helps to control costs that impact electric rates. “In a cooperative, when one member conserves, we all save.” explained Hallquist.VEC has been issuing Beat the Peak alerts since 2012. VEC members interested in “beating the peak” can sign up to receive alerts by their preferred method of communication such as e-mail, text, or phone messages. For more information about VEC’s Beat the Peak program, visit VEC’s website is external) or call 1-800-832-2667.last_img read more

Vermont Ag Agency releases draft agricultural water quality rules for public input

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) has released a draft copy of the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) for a period of public comment which will run throughDecember 18, 2015.  This is a pre-filing period which will afford the opportunity for all interested stakeholders to review the Draft RAPs and provide initial comment before VAAFM will formalize the draft this winter and will then enter into the formal rulemaking process in the spring of 2016.  Additional public comment periods will follow both the draft rewrite as well as the formal rulemaking period.To help facilitate this comment and input process, VAAFM has scheduled ten public meetings across the state.  These public meetings will include a detailed presentation of the draft RAPs, with a question and answer session to follow.  In order to maximize public input, VAAFM is also offering to hold smaller group meetings for interested organizations and stakeholders to review the rules in greater detail.  For the current list of scheduled public meetings, please visit VAAFM’s webpage at: is external)“It is important for all stakeholders to understand the rules are in draft form – and that their feedback in this process is critical,” said Vermont’s Agriculture Secretary, Chuck Ross. “We are holding these meetings because we want to engage with the public, to gather their feedback, and to ensure we are implementing a realistic, workable framework for agricultural practices in our state that effectively protects our lakes and rivers. We hope, and expect, that key stakeholders will step up and attend these meetings, to ensure their perspectives are heard.”VAAFM was directed by the Legislature to draft the RAPs pursuant to Act 64, signed into law on June 16, 2015.  Act 64 amended and enacted multiple requirements related to water quality in the State.  The “Accepted Agricultural Practices (AAPs)” were rewritten to a higher level of performance and renamed the “Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs).”  VAAFM was charged with revising the RAPs by rule on or before July 1, 2016.  Act 64 requires that the revised RAPs include requirements for: small farm certification, nutrient storage, soil health, buffer zones, livestock exclusion, and nutrient management.“The Agency of Agriculture wants to be very transparent with this process,” said Jim Leland, VAAFM’s Director of Agricultural Resources Management Division. “This collaborative process will ensure VAAFM develops a rule which meets the intent of Act 64, and is workable and implementable by the diversity of agricultural operations in the state.”In addition to requiring the implementation of RAPs, Act 64 instructed VAAFM to establish a program certifying and training small farm operations.  With over 7,000 farms in the state, according to the 2012 USDA Ag Census, a significant portion of small farms could be required to newly certify compliance with the RAPs when the program is implemented on July 1, 2017.“Farms of all sizes will be impacted by the RAPs, which is why it is important for all farmers to attend a meeting and provide comment,” said Leland.Significant and expanding technical and financial assistance is available from Federal, state and local organizations—including Vermont’s new Clean Water Fund established by Act 64. This will help ensure farms of all sizes are able to continue to access resources to assist in the planning and implementation of management changes and conservation practices to improve water quality on farms. “Farms of all sizes are already making significant progress at developing plans and implementing conservation practices statewide,” said Leland. “When implemented, the RAPs will set a roadmap and standards to ensure current and future planning efforts are as effective as possible at improving water quality on farms in Vermont.”Act 64 also requires that a VAAFM submit a draft report on water quality considerations regarding tile drainage to the legislature in January 2016, with the RAPs revised to included requirements for tile draining by January 15th, 2018.  Successful implementation of the RAPs will assist in Vermont’s mission to meet the goals of Act 64 as well as the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Phosphorus for Lake Champlain.For a copy of the draft RAP document, visit is external)For more information about the RAPs, visit is external)A timeline for RAP public input, revisions and implementation can be found at AAFMs webpage is external)VAAFM will seriously consider all comments received during this pre-filing period, though there may be no formal response to individual comments received.  Comment can be e-mailed to:[email protected](link sends e-mail) or mailed directly to: 116 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620Comment received by VAAFM regarding the draft RAPs will be used solely for consideration during the revision of the RAPs and will not be used for water quality regulatory enforcement purposes.  VAAFM encourages farm operations to submit comment with examples of areas on their farm where their current management meets state water quality standards, but would be out of compliance with the draft rules.Source: Ag Agency 11.3.2015last_img read more

Brattleboro Retreat names O’Connor and Grinold new trustees

first_img(From left): New Brattleboro Retreat board members Kate O’Connor and Adam Grinold with Board Chair Elizabeth Catlin.Vermont Business Magazine The Brattleboro Retreat has appointed two new trustees, Kate O’Connor and Adam Grinold, who officially joined the hospital’s board of directors on Friday, September 23.Brattleboro resident Kate O’Connor currently serves as the executive director of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce and the vice chair of the Brattleboro Select Board. She began her career in public service as an aide to former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin. For fourteen years she was a top policy and political advisor to Howard Dean during his tenure as Vermont governor and as a candidate for US President.O’Connor received a BA in political science from Bates College. She is a member of the Vermont E911 Board and chair of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel, having been appointed to both boards by Governor Peter Shumlin.Adam Grinold is a business man, Realtor, and life-long resident of Southern Vermont who has served as executive director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) since 2014. He also owns and operates Wahoo’s Eatery in Wilmington, and serves as chair of the Wilmington School Board. Many know Grinold as the former general manager of another local business—The White House of Wilmington—which he and his family sold in 2008.Over the past 20 years he has worked to contribute to the vitality of the local community by serving on The Wilmington Planning Commission; Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce; Twin Valley Facilities Committee; Bi-Town Committee; SeVEDS; Wilmington Works; Southern Vermont Economic Development Zone Steering Committee; Regional Development Corporations of Vermont Board of Directors (current vice chair) and been elected to the Pettee Memorial Library Trustees, and Twin Valley School Board. Having had a mother who suffered from depression her entire adult life, Grinold considers his membership on the Retreat board as an opportunity to support the hospital’s mission.A graduate of Wilmington High School, Adam received his BA with honors from Castleton State College in 1995.“We are so pleased to welcome Kate and Adam to the Retreat board,” said Board Chair Elizabeth Catlin. “They’re both deeply committed to our mission to provide great care for people who suffer from mental illness and addiction, and they also bring unique perspectives and skill sets that will prove invaluable in helping guide the Retreat to continued growth and stability.”Source: BRATTLEBORO, VT (September 26, 2016)—The Brattleboro Retreat. The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families. Recognized as a national leader in the treatment mental illness and addiction, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment.last_img read more

Condos: Our elections systems as ‘Critical Infrastructure’

first_imgby Secretary of State Jim Condos Protecting election integrity and security is one of my most important duties of the Secretary of State. It’s a sacred responsibility and is something I take seriously. This includes cybersecurity. My office has been taking steps to prepare for growing cyber threats for some time. We hired independent experts to perform cybersecurity assessments of all of our systems. Based on those results, we further fortified our defenses and put appropriate proactive protections in place. We continually monitor, assess and secure all of our systems, including our elections systems.Deputy Secretary Winters attended the first ever conference of the National Cybersecurity Center in November to help raise awareness about the seriousness of the problem and to stay on top of the latest threats. Cybersecurity discussions must come out of the server room and into the board room for all state agencies.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has declared elections infrastructure as “critical infrastructure.”  We have been working with (DHS) since before the November election and have partnered with them to supplement our existing cyber hygiene scans and other preventative measures. We continue to work with DHS on a regular basis as part of our overall cybersecurity approach.It has not yet been made fully clear to us what the critical designation means and, through the National Association of Secretaries of State, have posed a number of clarifying questions we had hoped would be answered prior to the declaration on Friday. We have been told that this designation does not place any mandates on us and would vigorously resist any move to place elections under control of the federal government. As soon as we receive more information and have assessed the situation, we will have a more detailed statement.Though I am cautiously optimistic but skeptical of this designation, of one thing I am sure: I welcome any additional attention this brings to the importance of elections and protecting our most fundamental democratic right: the right to vote. If this declaration furthers our overall goal of protecting elections without compromising the safeguard of local, decentralized control, we will gladly continue using the additional DHS help in our comprehensive approach to preserving election integrity.last_img read more

Once the lowest, Vermont rate of 2-year-olds immunized now above US average

first_imgData Provided By National KIDS COUNT(link is external) Vermont Business Magazine August is National Immunization Awareness Month — and the latest immunization rates reported on the KIDS COUNT Data Center indicate that there’s cause to celebrate. That’s because 75 percent of 2-year-olds across the country were immunized in 2015. Vermont, which just in 2011 was slightly below the US average, now stands just above at 76.7 percent, up over 50 percent since 2009. This statistic, which represents the most recent full year of data available, is a drastic improvement from 2009, when just 48 percent of 2-year-olds in the US were immunized. Vermont was at only 25.3 percent. Vermont had by far the lowest rate in 2009 and was the only state under 30 percent.At the state level, immunization rates range from a low of 65% in West Virginia to a high of 84% in Connecticut. Seven states total — Delaware, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota and Connecticut — have hit or surpassed the 80% mark for immunizing 2-year-olds.As a new school year approaches, parents across the nation are working to ensure that their children’s vaccinations are up to date. Many schools require their students to be fully immunized become coming to class. The science supporting this mandate is clear: The right vaccinations at the right time help protect children against severe illnesses while yielding long-term benefits, such as improved school attendance and reduced family stress. Timely vaccinations are also important to maintaining a community’s health, according to research. LocationData Type20092010201120142015United StatesPercent48.3%59.2%71.0%74.6%75.1%AlabamaPercent54.4%62.6%71.0%79.6%73.0%AlaskaPercent61.7%63.6%69.0%71.2%70.0%ArizonaPercent40.0%59.0%64.2%67.2%75.3%ArkansasPercent37.5%58.9%70.5%70.1%68.5%CaliforniaPercent55.5%55.7%72.5%80.7%76.7%ColoradoPercent49.6%59.8%70.8%74.3%78.4%ConnecticutPercent37.2%61.4%76.2%79.0%83.7%DelawarePercent42.8%56.2%66.8%76.1%79.9%District of ColumbiaPercent55.6%67.3%77.3%72.8%76.9%FloridaPercent56.1%71.4%70.2%76.8%71.7%GeorgiaPercent51.1%53.1%71.8%76.4%77.4%HawaiiPercent47.3%66.1%77.0%75.0%76.1%IdahoPercent35.8%45.7%59.3%67.2%73.7%IllinoisPercent56.1%60.7%70.2%75.6%76.0%IndianaPercent45.7%59.7%69.3%70.5%78.3%IowaPercent47.0%58.4%73.2%73.3%80.9%KansasPercent52.6%57.7%75.3%76.7%78.2%KentuckyPercent51.0%56.9%79.1%74.3%76.6%LouisianaPercent56.9%60.0%74.1%76.4%73.1%MainePercent39.1%46.2%71.5%87.3%74.1%MarylandPercent49.8%57.4%76.9%77.8%79.0%MassachusettsPercent36.9%63.5%73.0%78.7%81.9%MichiganPercent54.8%66.5%68.0%68.7%72.2%MinnesotaPercent45.5%53.9%73.4%72.8%75.3%MississippiPercent62.3%65.3%70.2%72.6%71.3%MissouriPercent37.9%58.1%68.3%71.4%76.0%MontanaPercent42.5%53.3%64.6%72.3%71.2%NebraskaPercent42.7%67.2%77.8%81.3%78.1%NevadaPercent41.9%48.6%65.4%71.4%74.9%New HampshirePercent39.9%65.4%72.2%83.9%77.7%New JerseyPercent46.7%54.8%71.5%71.9%81.8%New MexicoPercent48.6%56.8%74.2%77.8%71.2%New YorkPercent51.2%52.1%64.4%72.6%75.1%North CarolinaPercent43.2%55.1%66.9%83.0%80.0%North DakotaPercent46.9%66.0%80.5%73.0%80.6%OhioPercent47.5%63.9%78.8%73.6%71.5%OklahomaPercent59.1%54.4%69.2%75.9%78.4%OregonPercent45.5%53.4%62.2%68.1%70.4%PennsylvaniaPercent41.4%63.5%71.5%80.2%73.9%Rhode IslandPercent34.6%61.0%68.5%77.9%78.3%South CarolinaPercent38.9%56.8%66.5%76.9%70.1%South DakotaPercent45.8%52.6%N.A.79.5%77.6%TennesseePercent49.0%66.7%72.0%72.6%71.2%TexasPercent43.3%61.2%74.0%66.5%73.7%UtahPercent45.5%53.2%68.2%74.6%73.6%VermontPercent25.3%41.4%69.6%73.7%76.7%VirginiaPercent43.8%58.2%71.1%79.3%67.5%WashingtonPercent38.1%57.2%68.7%67.8%78.9%West VirginiaPercent32.1%51.3%63.2%68.5%65.2%WisconsinPercent43.4%70.4%72.8%72.3%72.3%WyomingPercent46.3%54.4%63.6%64.7%74.1%last_img read more