Business & Economy

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]

Shumlin administration calls for level-funded budget

Justin Johnson

Letter urges commissioners and secretaries to plan for spending at fiscal year 2016 levels. Human services and education expenditures are expected to put more pressure on the 2017 budget.

Lawyers recommend new $50 million settlement in milk price lawsuit

Dairy farms

Settlement would also allow small farms to leave the Dairy Farmers of America and join another cooperative.

Supreme Court ruling clears the way for Champlain Parkway

Champlain Parkway

A long-delayed alternate route from I-189 in South Burlington to downtown Burlington appears to be on its way to construction.

Shumlin, Smith call for paid sick leave on Women’s Equality Day

Cary Brown (left), the executive director of the Vermont Commission on Women, and House Speaker Shap Smith rally in support of paid sick leave Wednesday in Burlington. Photo by Sarah Olsen/VTDigger

A statewide paid sick leave bill will be taken up by the Senate in January. The bill prohibits Vermont companies from penalizing employees for taking a sick day.

Winston Prouty Center votes to pursue purchase of Austine School campus

Editor’s note: This article is by Howard Weiss-Tisman, of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published Aug. 26, 2015. BRATTLEBORO — The Winston Prouty Center for Child Development Board of Directors has unanimously approved a plan to pursue the purchase of the former Austine School for the Deaf campus. The board voted Monday […]

Interim E-911 Board director named to permanent post

The independent board that runs Vermont’s 911 system announced Tuesday that its interim executive director will take the position permanently. Barb Neal has been serving as interim executive director of the Enhanced 911 Board since April, when David Tucker retired after 30 years in state government and recommended Neal as his ideal replacement. She worked […]

State names new director of EB-5 Regional Center

A new director of the state’s EB-5 Regional Center was named Tuesday. Gene Fullam, who has worked for foreign and domestic investment banks, will replace former director Brent Raymond, who resigned last month to take a job at Mount Snow. The federal EB-5 immigrant investor program offers foreign nationals the opportunity to gain U.S. citizenship […]

Photo gallery: Waterbury State Office Complex nears completion

Waterbury Complex

A modern granite building peeks out from behind 19th century brick Victorian buildings.

F-35 court hearing focuses on public health risk

Three F-35A test aircraft, AF-2, AF-3 and AF-4, fly in formation over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Lockheed Martin photo

A toxic coating designed to screen the new fighter jets from enemy radar could be hazardous in a crash, opponents argue in federal court.

Demonstrators attempt to halt work on Vermont Gas project in Essex

Opponents of a natural gas pipeline extension attempted to halt work on the project Monday in Essex. A group of more than a dozen demonstrators attempted to disrupt work along Vermont 289 on Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed pipeline extension from Colchester to Middlebury, according to a news release from the group Rising Tide Vermont. The […]

Tradeoff: the view, or cell service?

monopine cell tower

Verizon Wireless is preparing to build a 90-foot-tall communication tower in Waterbury that it says will improve cell service along Route 100 and Interstate 89. A neighbor, across the town line in Stowe, says a less pristine spot might be a better location for the tower.

VTDigger and The Commons hire Mike Faher, former Brattleboro Reformer reporter

Mike Faher

Faher has worked as a daily newspaper journalist for 16 years, most recently as lead reporter at the Brattleboro Reformer, where he was laid off in June during a round of nationwide budget cuts by the newspaper’s parent company, Digital First Media.

Artists say Burlington’s South End planning process is a ‘sham’

A poster protesting development in the South End. Photo by Jess Wisloski/VTDigger

The City of Burlington has solicited public input for a city-led South End redevelopment plan, but artists in the neighborhood question whether the mayor’s office has taken their suggestions seriously.

Update: UVM, union reach agreement on part-time faculty contract

The University of Vermont and the union representing 163 part-time faculty members has reached an agreement on new contract. The deal reached with United Academics calls for a 8.75 percent salary increase over the three-year contract and faculty members who teach nine or more credits a semester per year will be eligible to receive university-paid […]

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