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. Erin Mansfield is VTDigger’s business and economy reporter. She can be reached at [email protected]

Lawmakers attach telecom proposals to other bills

Lawmakers in the House and Senate are using late-session political maneuvering to revive a bill designed to build out more Internet cables in Vermont. The telecommunications bill, H.870, passed the House on April 13. The bill went over to the Senate and, because of procedural rules, has not been formally considered. In the House, Rep. […]

SEC receiver now in full control of Burke

Ary Quiros was asked to leave ski area; Goldberg holds certificate of occupancy for hotel; Leisure Hotels is “de-Quing” resort.

House, Senate negotiations begin on $5.8 billion budget

Lawmakers in the House and Senate have started negotiations Friday on the details of a $5.8 billion spending package. The six-person conference committee on this year’s spending bill, H.875, met for the first time on Friday to begin ironing out Vermont’s spending priorities for fiscal year 2017, which starts July 1. The House passed a […]

‘Carry-on’ bike service coming to Vermonter Amtrak train

Amtrak and state officials say they’ve partnered on a pilot project that allows passengers to carry their bikes onto the Vermonter train, which travels daily between St. Albans and Washington, D.C. The service starts Sunday.

Inside the Golden Bubble: The Fallout and Future after the EB-5 Bombshell

A legislative committee grapples with what went wrong and how to move forward after two Northeast Kingdom developers are accused of fraud.

Minneapolis mayor offers advice on a bike-friendly Burlington

Better transit for lower income people and people of color has helped the local economy, Hodges said.

Court: Trucking firm, railroad angled to avoid local regulations

The town of Shelburne is fighting a plan to build a road salt transfer facility. In court filings, attorneys for the companies behind the project acknowledge it was structured to be exempt from local oversight.

Maneuver revives independent contractor bill in House

A procedural move means that H.867 will head straight to the House floor for debate — avoiding the typical lawmaking process and sidestepping the power of the House speaker to delay it further.

Newport supporters hope scandal ‘a blip’ in economic recovery

The boosters said there is already interest in some of the properties where development funded with EB-5 immigrant investors’ money had been planned and that the hoped-for jobs would come — just not as soon.

Senate passes budget and revenue bills after debating changes

An amendment that would have delayed the privatization of a branch of the Agency of Administration was narrowly defeated. Sen. Anthony Pollina called a previous attempt to privatize the division “a disaster.”

Business leaders increase pressure to approve Burlington redevelopment deal

Prominent players in the local economy urged City Council members to act expeditiously in approving the Burlington Town Center redevelopment. But several councilors appear uncomfortable with the timeline being pushed.

Goldberg: Jay Peak financials dire

The receiver for the resort says if he isn’t able to find more money soon, he will be forced to shut down operations at Jay Peak and “eliminate any possibility of Q Burke opening.”

Senate approves budget and revenue package

The money bills will come up for a final reading on the floor Tuesday.

Welch touts economic impact of Vermont outdoor recreation

The Vermont State Parks had 1 million visitors last year. Hunters saw strong turkey and deer seasons, and work is being done to clean up waterways. But many people connected to outdoor recreation acknowledged deep wounds suffered from a weak winter.