Education secretary presents stark contrast between schools as student enrollments decline

Rebecca Holcombe

Rebecca Holcombe: “How to prepare ourselves for a future in which we are a little bit smaller,” is the work that lies ahead.

Minimum wage increases to $9.15 an hour Jan. 1

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Today, the minimum wage in Vermont goes up by 42 cents from $8.73 per hour to $9.15 per hour. The rate is set to increase again in 2016 to $9.60 an hour, to $10 an hour in 2017 and $10.50 an hour in 2018. In subsequent years, The minimum wage will go up by the […]

Data visualization: Unemployment rate ticks down in November

Vermont's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.4 percent in November. Graphic courtesy Vermont Department of Labor.

Vermont’s unemployment rate edged down in November to 4.3 percent, a hair lower than October’s rate of 4.4 percent.

Report: Vermont second-healthiest state in the U.S.

For the second consecutive year, Vermont ranks as the second-healthiest state in the U.S., according to America’s Health Rankings 2014 report. The report was is based on an evaluation of four categories of health determinants including behaviors, community and environment, clinical care and policy as well as the health outcomes those determinants yield. Vermont ranked […]

Vermont ranks first nationally among Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing states

The Peace Corps today announced the 2014 rankings of the top volunteer-producing states and metropolitan areas across the country and Vermont ranked No. 1 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita for the second straight year.

Vermont unemployment steady at 4.4 percent

Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent in October, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Labor. The leveling follows four consecutive months of increases in the seasonally adjusted jobless rate. The U.S. average unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth of a point to 5.8 percent. Nationwide, Vermont tied with Kansas for […]

Danville post office named after Thaddeus Stevens

Vermont’s congressional delegation today announced that Congress has passed a measure that will rename the post office in Danville after Thaddeus Stevens.

Vermonter quarantined to test for Ebola

Tracy Dolan, acting Health Commissioner, joined Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday at a news conference regarding a person who is under quarantine after returning from West Africa, where the deadly Ebola virus has claimed nearly 5,000 lives. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

A Rutland man who recently returned from Sierra Leone and Guinea in West Africa has agreed to be held in 21-day quarantine to monitor him for the deadly virus that has killed 5,000 people this year.

In This State: Progressive publisher Chelsea Green has found a novel way to success

Chelsea Green started out with one unlikely book back in 1984, an eco-fable called "The Man Who Planted Trees." Now co-founder Margo Baldwin has some 250 titles that cram the bookshelves at the publishing office in White River Junction. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

Vermont publisher Chelsea Green has been putting out books with a progressive view for 30 years now. After years of struggle to survive in its niche, today its books, practical to political, hot-button to how-to, are thriving and finding an eager audience.

Mayors back Shumlin’s re-election

Gov. Peter Shumlin received the endorsement of eight Vermont mayors at a news conference in Burlington on Tuesday, including Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and St. Albans Mayor Liz Gamache. Courtesy photo

Gov. Peter Shumlin picked up the endorsement of all eight Vermont city mayors Tuesday. Seven of those mayors gathered at a Burlington news conference to praise Shumlin’s efforts on behalf of downtown development, according to a news release from the governor’s re-election campaign. Endorsing Shumlin were mayors Bill Benton of Vergennes; Liz Gamache of St. […]

Vermont’s Forest to Table event is Sept 27-28

On Saturday & Sunday, September 27 & 28, 2014 you are invited to the Union Arena on Route 4 in Woodstock, VT during Vermont’s beautiful foliage season.

Vermonters join 400,000 marchers in NYC climate march

NYC Climate march, Sept. 21, 2014. Photo by Don Hooper

More than 2,000 Vermonters participated, many riding the more than 20 full Saturday and Sunday buses from the Green Mountains.

Vermont among nation’s best for breastfeeding rates

For the second year in row, Vermont is one of only four states to exceed the Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding goals established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Unemployment ticked up to 3.7 percent in July

How to Survive Unemployment. Photo by Vernon Chen.

The national rate is 6.2 percent. Vermont is tied with South Dakota for the third lowest unemployment rates. North Dakota tops the list at 2.8 percent, followed by Nebraska at 3.6 percent.

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