Hilary Niles

Hilary Niles

Hilary Niles joined VTDigger in June 2013 as data specialist and business reporter. She returns to New England from the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, where she completed her master's coursework. While there, she worked at Investigative Reporters & Editors and covered state and local government for radio, print and the Web. She’s been a researcher-in-residence at American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, D.C.; a reporter and community radio program director in the New Hampshire; and, in Boston, a public radio producer. She studied English at the University of New Hampshire and documentary writing at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine.

Email: hniles@vtdigger.org

Twitter: @nilesmedia

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    Special Report: Northeast Kingdom projects slowed by stalled EB-5 approvals

    Modeled after the Tram Haus Lodge at Jay Peak, the new Hotel Burke will home to 112 suites, ranging from studio to 3 bedrooms with full kitchens and either Gap or Peak views. Illustration courtesy Burke Mountain

    A slow-down in the federal pipeline for EB-5 projects has affected investor recruitment and delayed construction of AnC Bio in Newport and Q Burke Mountain in Burke.

    State boasts nation’s second-lowest unemployment rate in March

    How to Survive Unemployment. Photo by Vernon Chen.

    April numbers may not be as rosy, but state can withstand minimum wage hike, analysts say.

    Federal court rules alleged patent troll case can stay in Vermont

    Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Photo by Roger Crowley

    Sessions orders case involving bulk mailing of licensing fee solicitations back to state court.

    At least six minimum wage plans swirl around the Statehouse

    Lawmakers in the Senate Economic Development Committee look at graphs illustrating a slight dip in services for some low-income earners if the minimum wage increases. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    A half-dozen proposals are afoot for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour or higher. The difference is mostly in how quickly each proposal gets there.

    IBM likely candidate for proposed $4.5 million incentive

    Rudy_IBM Tour13 (2)

    The computer chip maker’s rumored sale has policy makers planning contingencies. They want IBM or other anchor businesses to stay in Vermont, or others to move here — now and down the road.

    House freezes school privatization debate

    Unless the bill is revived, neither ​a proposed two-year moratorium nor study will take effect.

    State employees union, Shumlin administration negotiate over temporary employment

    VSEA logo cropped

    With a compromise pending over the definition of “temporary” state employees, VSEA looks to gain traction on paid sick leave for temporary workers.

    State senators want to mothball Vermont Telecommunications Authority

    As a counterpoint to a committee's broadband discussion, Sen. Chris Bray, D-Addison, reads from a 1905 article from Richmond arguing that electricity is not a necessity, but a luxury. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    The proposal would create a new “director of connectivity” in the Agency of Administration and press for much faster Internet service standards.

    VTDigger poll shows overwhelming support for GMO labeling law


    The poll results from the Castleton Polling Institute for VTDigger show 79 percent of respondents support a law to require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.

    Tentative funding deal reached for retired teacher health care

    State Treasurer Beth Pearce references an enlarged screen shot of a news website, behind her. An ad for pension loans appears above an article quoting her concern about pension funding. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Creative financing, new fees and increased contributions from new hires go into the plan to net $20 million in funds for next year. The Legislature has just weeks to review and vote on the deal, which is not endorsed by officials who represent school boards and towns.

    Senate picks up minimum wage bill

    Shayne Spence, outreach and development coordinator for the Ethan Allen Institute, testified against raising the minimum wage. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    The upper chamber has already begun discussing the economic impacts of raising the minimum wage.

    House poised to pass prevailing wage for state construction

    Clean shovels await ceremonial duty at a ribbon-cutting. File photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    The change to a federally set a prevailing wage for state-funded construction projects replaces an earlier initiative to match union pay and benefits.

    House rejects phase-in of minimum wage hike

    Rep. Helen Head, D-South Burlington, looks on skeptically as colleagues urge her committee to consider slowing down an increase to the minimum wage. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Vermonters earning minimum wage would see a $1.37 an hour pay increase on Jan. 1 under bill endorsed by the full House on Tuesday.

    Income taxes help state revenues catch up in March

    Vermont state income tax form for 2012.

    Personal and corporate income taxes came in strong in March, helping make up for under-performance elsewhere. Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding is cautiously optimistic, saying April collections will be the true test.

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