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VTDigger publishes Vermont business and economic news. We also specialize in coverage of state finances and the impact of tax and budget policy on Vermonters. Anne Galloway is the primary reporter on the business and economy beat. She can be reached at [email protected]

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Anne Galloway, left, Morgan True, and Elizabeth Hewitt at the Statehouse on the day before adjournment of the 2015 legislative session.

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Anne Galloway, left, Morgan True, and Elizabeth Hewitt at the Statehouse on the day before adjournment of the 2015 legislative session.

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Vermont pours $100,000 into luring Quebec companies

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger was joined by House Speaker Shap Smith (center) and Gov. Peter Shumlin at a news conference Wednesday on efforts to lure Quebec businesses to expand in Vermont. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

-+*The state has three main goals in reassigning the funds once set aside from IBM: increase trade between Vermont and Quebec, get some Quebec companies to build a branch in Vermont, and establish “cross-border collaboration.”

Vermont’s food stamp error rates decline

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-+*3SquaresVT ranked as the most improved nationally in terms of accuracy for eligibility for food assistance benefits.

Tobacco ads in stores aimed at children, Health Dept. survey shows

-+*Youth smoking rates are declining but a recent Vermont Health Department survey shows that marketers continue to place tobacco ads at eye level with young children. Since the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers, requiring companies to make annual payments to state to combat smoking, the youth smoking rate in Vermont has dropped from […]

U.S. House extends highway funding while state prepares for the worst

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-+*While the U.S. Senate waits to vote on measure to extend funding for transportation projects for two months, Vermont is planning what to do if the money runs out.

Stratton base lodge to expand

-+*Editor’s note: This article is By Chris Mays, of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published May 13, 2015. STRATTON — Stratton Mountain Resort officials recently announced an $8.5 million project that will “literally raise the roof” on the base lodge. “It’s been part of the plan for quite some time,” said Stratton […]

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Anne Galloway, left, Morgan True, and Elizabeth Hewitt at the Statehouse on the day before adjournment of the 2015 legislative session.

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Legislative Wrap: Economic development push lasts from first to last day of session

Peter Shumlin

-+*Though a consumer protection bill coasted through, negotiations over the $425,000 economic development bill almost fell apart in the last days of the session.

Vermonters lead lawsuit against tribal-based online lender

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-+*Two Vermont women opened a class-action lawsuit against a high-interest Internet lending company that allegedly avoids state lending laws by using tribal immunity.

Six companies contact state about VEGI funding

-+*Six companies have expressed interest in the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program in recent months. Under the program, known as VEGI, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development gives cash to companies after they create new jobs or make capital investments in Vermont. The agency released several emails last week between companies that are considering […]

Lawmakers look to lure Quebec companies with cash incentives

-+*Both legislative chambers gave a final seal of approval to the economic development bill Saturday. The final package included a last minute addition: $100,000 from the enterprise fund to lure in Quebec companies that are looking to expand across the border. The new section came in late Friday night, according to Rep. Sam Young, D-Glover, […]

Lawmakers finalize budget with $3 million in additional savings

Johnson Kitchel

-+*In a final push to bring the budget in line with a reduced spending package, lawmakers cut $670,000 in inpatient opiate treatment funds to the Brattleboro Retreat.

Final version of telecom bill creates new division

-+*The Senate and House have given final approval to legislation that creates new oversight for how the state will handle broadband buildout. The legislation, H.117, creates a new Division of Telecommunications and Connectivity under the Department of Public Service. Under the legislation, the E-911 Board would be required to transfer $300,000 from the universal service […]

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