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]

Regulators order Comcast to do more for public access TV

The Public Service Board made it a condition of renewing Comcast’s state-level permit. One of the requirements is that the company provide more connections for live events such as selectboard meetings.

Senate panel to hold hearing on Labor-Commerce merger

The Senate Committee on Economic Development will take public testimony on a major element of Gov. Phil Scott’s government restructuring plan. The committee will hold a hearing on whether the Department of Labor and Agency of Commerce and Community Development should be merged into a new Agency of Economic Opportunity. Scott issued an executive order […]

‘Generator’ offers jumping-off point for creative entrepreneurs

The community workspace has opened at a new location after operating for the past three years in the basement of the Memorial Auditorium in Burlington.

State revenues downgraded by $24.6 million

The decreased revenue projections are driven by underperformance of corporate income tax.

Uber comes to Killington

On Friday, in partnership with Killington Resort, Uber will offer a series of events and giveaways to mark the beginning of service in the area.

State librarian won’t be reappointed

Library officials around Vermont described Reid as a strong advocate for public libraries who had to also cope with budget cutbacks in a time of lean state budgets.

House Democrats seek $15 minimum wage by 2022

Lawmakers say raising the wage would help the economy and make Vermont more affordable. The governor’s spokesperson said he supports other approaches to boosting pay.

Vermont to initiate hemp testing pilot program

The experiment has been described as a route toward greater legitimacy for the industry.

Councilors want a pause in home buyouts near airport

Residents eligible to have their homes purchased because of the effect of airport noise begged the council not to take any action that could scuttle those deals.

Report: DPS advocacy worth hundreds of millions to Vermont

In addition, the attorney general’s office found “no evidence” that a close working relationship between the department and Green Mountain Power had compromised staffers’ ability to serve the public.

UPDATED: Scott pitches plan to merge Labor, Commerce

He said it would help bridge a gap between the skills unemployed workers have and what businesses need. Some foresaw a conflict between regulatory and promotional roles.

Bennington airport to close at least 90 days for runway project

A member of the nonprofit group overseeing the facility worried the closure might hurt attempts to attract a private operator again. A transportation official said planned upgrades should help that effort.

Craven picks up DC beat for VTDigger

VTDigger’s political reporter will keep tabs on the state’s congressional delegation and Trump administration policy changes that could impact Vermont.

Bennington official named deputy labor commissioner

(This story is by Derek Carson, of the Bennington Banner, in which it first appeared.) BENNINGTON — Bennington’s economic and community development director has been chosen for a position in Gov. Phil Scott’s administration. Michael Harrington, who has been the head of Bennington’s economic and community development office since 2012, was named deputy commissioner of […]