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]

Jay Peak reopens tram

State inspectors say the main lift to the mountaintop passed load tests.

Vermont dairy farmers struggle as milk prices in the Northeast drop

“The problem with this is it shakes out whole families,” said Robert Foster, who owns the Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury with this family. “You’re either in or you’re out.”

Vermont’s 911 system missed calls from 44 people Wednesday

Vermont’s 911 system went out for more than half an hour Wednesday afternoon, affecting 44 callers. Vermont’s Enhanced 911 Board announced in a news release Wednesday evening that the system was down from 4:07 p.m. to 4:49 p.m. The board said it found out about the issue at 4:25 p.m. The board said it reached […]

Contract workers say Green Mountain Racetrack owner didn’t pay them for Brewfest

Editor’s note: This article is by Edward Damon, of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published June 22, 2016. POWNAL — About a dozen people who worked at a brewfest at the former Green Mountain Racetrack last month say the venue owner never paid them. Contract workers for the Green Mountain Brewfest say […]

Burlington welcomes leaders from its Nicaraguan sister city

The mayor and vice mayor from Puerto Cabezas will take a look at Burlington’s sustainable community gardening practices in the hopes of implementing similar agricultural structures in their city of about 60,000.

VTDigger Exceeds Fundraising Goal

This spring, our fundraising goal was $150,000. Honestly, that is what we needed to raise to keep on track with our budget, and we weren’t sure if we could do it. Together, we raised $150,566! Thank you!

May unemployment rate down to 3.1 percent

Vermont’s unemployment rate fell again in May and remains among the lowest in the country. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.1 percent in May compared to 3.2 percent in April. The change is not statistically significant, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Vermont lost 800 jobs from April to May, according to […]

Rutland Herald and Times Argus eliminate three print editions

The newspapers will publish four print editions a week and post news online seven days a week.

Marina proposal ready to go before Burlington council

The city finance board has recommended the City Council approve the Burlington Harbor Marina project development agreement. It outlines the construction of a marina and park between the Coast Guard station and the fishing pier.

Data breach in Fish and Wildlife license system is called limited

The digital intruders probably took names, addresses or other information of people who bought licenses but are not believed to have gotten usable bank card information, officials say. The attacks are thought to have been against the servers of a vendor.

Tax questions ongoing for TransCanada towns

The news that Vermont won’t independently purchase TransCanada property may ease tax-revenue worries in Windham County towns. But there is uncertainty about what will eventually happen to the company’s properties, which make up a large portion of some towns’ grand lists.

Report on Jay Peak tram to be released this week

Inspectors found a small crack in one of the cabins that the resort plans to have fixed by June 27.

City Market says sales are driving further expansion plans

The co-op recently said it is planning a store near Central Market on North Winooski Avenue that would be completed in the fall of 2017. It is already working on a second location, in the South End.

Protest planned Friday against massive ‘NewVistas’ proposal

“It’s insane that he actually thinks he will get Vermonters to go along with this,” said one protest organizer. But developer David R. Hall says people misunderstand his plan for communities of a million people each.