Business & Economy

State boasts nation’s second-lowest unemployment rate in March

How to Survive Unemployment. Photo by Vernon Chen.

April numbers may not be as rosy, but state can withstand minimum wage hike, analysts say.

Bill on toxic chemicals clears committee

Rep. James McCullough, D-Williston, vice chair of the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources, listens to testimony. Photo by Roger Crowley for VTDigger

Proposal to allow the state health department to regulate chemicals contained in children’s products advances despite by heavy industry opposition.

Senators settle on graduated minimum wage increase

A Senate panel endorsed a new minimum wage proposal Friday that would phase in increases over a four-year period. The bill, H.552, which was approved in a unanimous 5-0 vote, would increase the minimum wage to $9.15 in January 2015; $9.60 in January 2016; $10 in January 2017 and $10.50 in 2018. It heads next […]

Federal court rules alleged patent troll case can stay in Vermont

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Photo by Roger Crowley

Sessions orders case involving bulk mailing of licensing fee solicitations back to state court.

Small plane crashes beside I-89 in Highgate

The pilot of a small plane suffered minor injuries Friday after parachuting from the aircraft, which crashed alongside Interstate 89 in Highgate, state police said. Traffic was halted in the northbound lane near Exit 21 at about 12:12 p.m. when the plane went down. Police say one lane has been reopened and traffic is moving […]

Industry heavyweights come to Vermont to oppose toxic chemicals bill

Bill Driscoll, vice president of Associated Industries of Vermont, testified before the House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee against a bill to regulate toxic chemicals in children's products. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Even though it only applies to children’s products, IBM, the Toy Industry Association, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Burton Snowboards, Keurig Green Mountain and Wal-Mart protest Vermont’s plan.

At least six minimum wage plans swirl around the Statehouse

Lawmakers in the Senate Economic Development Committee look at graphs illustrating a slight dip in services for some low-income earners if the minimum wage increases. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

A half-dozen proposals are afoot for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour or higher. The difference is mostly in how quickly each proposal gets there.

IBM likely candidate for proposed $4.5 million incentive

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The computer chip maker’s rumored sale has policy makers planning contingencies. They want IBM or other anchor businesses to stay in Vermont, or others to move here — now and down the road.

Survey: State homeless population increases by 9 percent

“What needs redistribution is political power,” read the sign carried by Morgan Brown at a Homelessness Awareness Day event Thursday on the steps of the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

The 2014 Point-in-Time survey counted 1,556 homeless Vermonters the night of Jan. 28, including 227 people who said they were victims of domestic violence and 371 children.

State employees union, Shumlin administration negotiate over temporary employment

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With a compromise pending over the definition of “temporary” state employees, VSEA looks to gain traction on paid sick leave for temporary workers.

State Senate passes GMO labeling bill, 26-2

Sen. David Zuckerman, P/D-Chittenden, is the lead sponsor of a bill to require manufacturers to label products containing GMOs.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

If the bill is enacted, the state would be the first in the nation to require manufacturers to label products containing genetically engineered ingredients.

Montpelier anticipates overnight flooding

Pedestrians use a footbridge that stretches over the Winooski River in Montpelier connecting River Street and State Street. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Winooski River expected to reach 16 feet Tuesday night. Flooding not likely to be as severe as 2011 events.

State senators want to mothball Vermont Telecommunications Authority

As a counterpoint to a committee's broadband discussion, Sen. Chris Bray, D-Addison, reads from a 1905 article from Richmond arguing that electricity is not a necessity, but a luxury. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

The proposal would create a new “director of connectivity” in the Agency of Administration and press for much faster Internet service standards.

Shumlin announces $4.5M cash incentive program to retain and attract businesses

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced two economic development initiatives Monday, April 14, 2014. VTDigger image from video

Shumlin said the fund will give the state more flexibility and discretion in its negotiations with current and prospective businesses.

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