Business & Economy

VTDigger fact-check: Shumlin and the GOP on jobs

Gov. Peter Shumlin, WDEV debate. Photo by Anne Galloway

Candidates prove to be generally truthful, but pull the data that most closely resembles their position.

Study predicts $11 million annual revenue from legalized pot

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The marijuana market in Vermont is worth approximately $54 million annually, a personal finance website estimates. Vermont’s own Rand study due in January.

IBM to hold job fair Friday, looks to hire about 100 workers

IBM is hiring at its Essex Junction manufacturing plant. The Vermont Department of Labor will hold a job fair, in conjunction with International Business Machines Inc., from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. About 100 positions are immediately available at the “fab,” as the semiconductor […]

Eight facts you need to know about Vermont’s new cellphone law

The Vermont Department of Public Safety posted highway signs warning drivers of the new law banning the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

Beginning Wednesday, Vermonters can no longer hold their cellphones or other electronic devices while driving. Check out VTDigger’s card stack style summary explaining the new law.

Fogler steps down at Free Press Media

The Burlington Free Press announced Thursday that President and Publisher Jim Fogler will leave the newspaper Oct. 1. Fogler, who became publisher of Vermont’s largest daily newspaper in August 2010, is leaving to take an executive position with the national party supply chain Party City, the Free Press said. Fogler will serve as vice president […]

State files lawsuit aganst door-to-door meat salesman

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is a accusing a traveling meat salesman of violating the state’s Consumer Protection Act. The complaint alleges that Matthew Terry of New York state misled customers in northwestern Vermont about the price per pound and cuts of meat they were to receive. The lawsuit also claims Terry did not notify […]

VTDigger now accepting campaign and advocacy ads

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We now accept a limited amount of taxable advertising, based on allowable guidelines under federal tax law for nonprofit organizations. Taxable advertising is accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

Digital economy summit addresses Vermont’s ‘brand’

Legislative seats were filled by members of the public who turned out Tuesday in Montpelier for Vermont Connected: Envisioning the Future of Vermont's Digital Economy. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Participants brainstorming about how to foster more technology business in Vermont said the state’s image should reflect the desired goal, not retread familiar pastoral territory.

IBM’s potential suitor recruiting in Essex

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The competitor, with hundreds of positions to fill in New York, has opened a recruitment office in Williston just miles from IBM’s Essex Junction plant.

Coventry dairy farmer to pay $33,000 in pollution case

A Coventry dairy farmer will pay $33,000 for violating the state’s water pollution laws, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday. Richard M. Nelson admitted responsibility for farm runoff that entered a nearby stream, AG Bill Sorrell said in a news release. “Vermont’s laws and regulations relating to agricultural water quality help keep our state […]

FTC commissioner warns that cybersecurity threats are on the rise

Katya Lopez, a senior at Norwich University, describes the cyber security lessons she's learning from Professor Peter Stephenson, who joined Monday's event by video call. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger_

As government and private businesses become more dependent on the Internet to transmit data, they must demonstrate that they know how to identify and fight cyber attacks.

August unemployment rate up to 4.1 percent

Vermont’s unemployment rate increased to 4.1 percent in August, while the national average dipped to 6.1 percent. The state’s rate is the nation’s third-lowest. Nebraska, South Dakota and Utah, tied for second place at 3.6 percent. North Dakota has the lowest rate at 2.8 percent. The upswing in August to 4.1 percent from a 3.7 […]

Vermont Yankee security supervisors win claim for overtime pay

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

Entergy is likely to owe hundreds of thousands, if not more, after losing a lawsuit brought by four Vermont Yankee employees. The ruling may be applicable to other staffers at the Vermont plant as well.

Food manufacturers seek GMO labeling injunction

Products containing genetically modified ingredients would have to disclose that information on the back of the package near the nutritional facts under Vermont’s bill. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The Grocery Manufacturers Association argues that Vermont’s law mandated that food products containing genetically modified ingredients be labeled should be put on hold until its lawsuit is settled.

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