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]

Congress passes another short-term highway funding bill

The U.S. Senate on Thursday agreed to keep the money flowing to highway projects around the country for another three months. Senators voted 91-4 to extend the federal transportation funding bill until Oct. 29. It is the 34th time Congress has voted for short-term extensions since 2009, according to published reports. The House approved the […]

Business bikers riding into Bennington to hear entrepreneurs’ pitches

Editor’s note: This article is by Derek Carson, of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published July 30, 2015. BENNINGTON — On Monday, Aug. 3, over 30 venture capitalists will ride into Bennington on motorcycles, where they will hear pitches from five hopeful entrepreneurs. The event will be held Monday at 5 p.m. […]

State lands $6.7 million for emergency preparedness

Vermont will receive $6.7 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to support local community emergency preparedness initiatives. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced the federal grants for prevention and preparedness programs to respond to acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events, according to a news release. The grants were distributed under […]

Consumers don’t see GMO labeling as a deterrent to buying foods, study shows

Some products contain a voluntary label indicating they were produced without GMOs. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

“When you look at consumer opposition to the use of GM technologies in food and account for the label, we found that overall the label has no direct impact on opposition,” the study’s author said.

Vermont pension board will not divest from fossil fuels

Carl Martin, fossil fuel divestment

VPIC Chairman Stephen Rauh stressed the board’s fiduciary duty to beneficiaries of the retirement system. “We were not created as an agent of social change,” Rauh said.

Vermont entrepreneurs want to apply ‘our way’ to the ‘high’ way

Gardener’s Supply Co. founder Will Raap is silhouetted by a Vermont Cannabis Collaborative slide show in Brattleboro on Monday promoting state legalization of marijuana. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/for VTDigger

The Vermont Cannabis Collaborative kicks off summer tour to promote the Vermont way to marijuana legalization.

Medicaid and human services-related costs drive spending upward for FY 2016

Stephanie Barrett

Preliminarily projections show that the Medicaid overspending, coupled with other upward pressures in human services, could have an impact on the budget adjustment process.

Economists: Vermont revenues on track for fiscal year 2016

Jeffrey Carr, Tom Kavet

Most of the projected uptick in tax receipts, roughly $30 million, is the result of tax increases that were enacted this year.

State workers get new email addresses, but old ones still work

Vermont state workers have a new suffix on their email address, a year after the state’s portal was created. The change is already in effect, but state workers can still receive emails from their old and new addresses, said Richard Boes, chief information officer for the state. For example, Boes’ old address […]

Act 250 panel asks developer to condense Exit 4 project

Google Earth image of the area to be developed off Exit 4 of I-89 in Randolph.

A state environmental commission sends Randolph developer back to the drawing board to minimize the impact on primary agricultural land.

Amid legal battle, Vermont Gas names new contractor for natural gas pipeline

Sections of pipe are encased in cement at Vermont Gas' staging area in Williston. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Vermont Gas and Over & Under Piping Contractors, the original contractor working on the 42-mile pipeline, filed lawsuits against each other over a payment dispute. Michels Corp. takes over.

Dynapower to supply components for Tesla’s Powerpack

Tesla's Powerwall. Courtesy of Tesla.

South Burlington company to produce electronic parts for Tesla’s Powerpack solar storage units for industrial customers.

Veterans cemetery to see $5.7 million expansion

The state’s veterans cemetery is about to become a bit more accommodating for the dead and the living, thanks to a $5.7 million federal grant. The grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration will be used to expand the Vermont Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Thursday. […]

Burlington International Airport maintains ‘stable’ bond rating

Burlington International Airport, a view of the inside with rocking chairs. Courtesy of Flickr/williow-monk

The Fitch rating is a sign that the Burlington International Airport is managing money well.

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