Vermont’s economy relies in part on Canadian tourists, and the reopening comes just in time for the approaching ski season.
Equity is a consideration in who gets licenses to sell marijuana. The board wanted to prevent applicants from moving into economic opportunity zones just to get an advantage in getting licenses.
Emergency grants to Vermont businesses have been issued in three phases since the pandemic began. In this latest round, few businesses are asking for help.
Some legislators have blamed Michael Harrington for not notifying them sooner that federal officials were likely to find a $25-a-week extra unemployment benefit illegal. In a hearing Tuesday, Harrington fought back, telling legislators they failed to make sure the benefit would withstand federal scrutiny.
A new report found that fewer than half of businesses sampled showed losses big enough to justify grants from the Covid-19 Emergency Recovery Grant Program. The auditor argues the state used the wrong measure to figure out how much money businesses had lost.
The Labor Department ruled that providing an extra $25 a week was illegal because it would have used money from the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The AG said the Labor Department relied on a wrong interpretation of the law provided by Vermont Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington.
The State Refugees Office provided new details of a resettlement plan a day after Gov. Phil Scott confirmed that 100 Afghan refugees would be headed for Vermont.
The refugees would be among the first group of 37,000 to be resettled across the United States.
Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale, Rep. Tiff Bluemle and Rep. Gabrielle Stebbins are calling for Michael Harrington’s resignation over his handling of a supplemental unemployment benefit the federal government will not allow.
More than 22,000 unemployed Vermonters who filed their state taxes before April 1 are eligible for a tax deduction, according to the state Department of Taxes. Those who filed electronically generally do not need to complete additional paperwork.
Some Vermont state legislators had accused the Scott administration of sinking an unemployment benefit by not informing them sooner that the feds had objected.
Lawmakers say the administration failed to inform them back in June that the new benefit might not get federal approval. Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington defends his department’s actions.
Stowe Cider wanted to offer outdoor concerts to help it get through the pandemic. Some neighbors objected. Stowe’s Development Review Board is allowing the music, but with restrictions.
President Joe Biden has ordered that all workers at private companies with more than 100 employees be vaccinated, along with all federal employees and federal contractors and their employees.