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]

Involuntary medication, Reach Up deduction among main topics

Lawmakers began taking public testimony on the budget Thursday.

Commonwealth Dairy wins USDA contract to supply yogurt to schools in three states

Editor’s note: This article is by Robert Audette, of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published Feb. 10, 2016. BRATTLEBORO — Commonwealth Dairy’s Greek yogurt will continue to be found in school lunchrooms in Connecticut, Vermont and California. According to a press release from the yogurt maker on Paul’s Road in Brattleboro, Commonwealth […]

Senate passes sick leave bill without small business exemption

Senate Pro Tempore John Campbell was able to find a strategy and another vote to defeat an exemption that would have allowed businesses with five or fewer employees to not be subject to the Senate bill.

With new alliance, VSECU explores state’s updated securities rules

A policy adopted in 2014 eased the regulations for investing in local businesses. Now businesses are starting to take advantage of it.

Senate passes budget adjustment

The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that adjusts the current fiscal year budget. The vote was 25 to 4. The Senate Appropriations Committee made few changes to the adjustment bill that passed the House last month. The Senate version funds a needle exchange program at $75,000 — the full amount the administration had requested. That’s […]

Officials highlight environmental effects of supporting coal

Gov. Peter Shumlin continued his push Wednesday for the state to drop its investments in coal-related stocks and Exxon Mobil. The governor used a Supreme Court ruling on regulating coal-fired plants to renew his call. In that ruling, which came out Tuesday, the court blocked efforts by the Obama administration to regulate emissions from coal […]

At packed meeting, Shelburne residents vow to fight rail project

Townspeople say they fear the rail spur and salt storage facility will damage the environment, increase congestion and detract from their quality of life.

Council weighs development issues, vehicle-for-hire ordinance

Burlington councilors approved an outlay to buy part of the former Burlington College land; declined to hear a developer’s tax assessment appeal; and began privately discussing plans for a makeover of Burlington Town Center.

Business pitch competition will include college entrepreneurs

The LaunchVT competition, entering its fourth year, awards cash prizes to help winning entrepreneurs get their business ideas off the ground.

Report: Tax breaks don’t create jobs in Vermont or U.S.

In Vermont, the study says, 90 percent of new jobs between 1995 and 2013 came from in-state startups, in-state businesses that expanded, or businesses headquartered here that built a new establishment.

Working Lands end-of-year report points to success stories

To date, the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative has put more than $3 million into over 100 different projects.

Developer: Burlington’s property taxes discourage new housing

Erik Hoekstra, with the real estate firm Redstone, went before city officials with an appeal and a warning after receiving a tax bill for $3 million.

UPDATED: Doyle triggers Senate revote next week on paid sick leave

Flipping a bill after it has been passed is no easy task. While Doyle’s reconsideration appeared to come out of the blue, behind the scenes, fellow Republicans orchestrated the political maneuver.

Senate approves paid sick leave

An amendment that would have exempted businesses with five or fewer employees failed.

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