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]

March unemployment remains steady at 3 percent

Vermont’s unemployment rate stayed at 3 percent in March, showing no change from February. The state’s unemployment rate is the sixth-lowest rate in the country and remains far below the national rate, which was 4.5 percent in March. The number of people employed increased by 600, and the number of unemployed increased by 100, according […]

Head of new digital services agency named

Gov. Phil Scott on Monday appointed the head of a new agency that deals with digital services. John Quinn was named secretary of digital services and chief information officer. Quinn will lead the newly formed Agency of Digital Services, created as part of Scott’s effort to modernize state government. The agency replaced the Department of […]

Pallito to take job with Green Mountain Care Board

He is leaving the administration, where he is Gov. Phil Scott’s chief budget writer, but said he “absolutely” felt welcome to stay on if he chose.

Blittersdorf spends $5M on rail cars, envisioning commuter train

The energy developer advocates a “Vermont way” of doing rail for less money, using refurbished secondhand equipment.

House approves “gender-free” public bathrooms; Senate unlikely to act

The bill is a backlash to actions by President Donald Trump and laws in other states regulating which bathrooms transgender people should use.

Vermont lawmakers weigh in on federal farm bill

Lawmakers heard concerns from farmers about unpredictable milk prices and from public officials about the possibility of deep cuts to the federal food assistance program, SNAP.

Planning group approves Bennington-Windham joint economic development efforts

Officials are seeking to create a comprehensive two-county strategy to enhance development efforts and the promotion of the entire 44-town southern Vermont region

House panel passes scaled-back version of paid family leave

The new bill would provide six weeks of parental or family leave — not disability leave — and be funded through a 0.141 percent payroll tax on workers’ first $150,000 of wages.

Bennington Chamber seeks AG’s help to end Google mixup

Many locations incorrectly display as being in Woodford, which shares a ZIP code. “We can’t be the only town in rural America that is dealing with this,” said a chamber official.

VTDigger hires Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup as Chief Operating Officer 

For the past decade, Kaufman Ilstrup has been a senior philanthropic advisor at the Vermont Community Foundation where he launched the “Innovations and Collaborations” grant program, built the Northeast Kingdom Fund from scratch and rejuvenated the Samara Fund for LGBTQ issues.

Streamlined bill on pregnancy accommodation clears Senate

The Vermont Senate has passed a revised version of a bill requiring employers to accommodate pregnant women in the workplace. The Senate passed H.136 in a voice vote Wednesday. The bill now moves back to the House, which can accept the changes or ask for a committee of conference to negotiate a consensus. The new […]

Vernon halts work toward municipal fiber optic network

Advocates had seen such a system as one way to combat the loss of Vermont Yankee. But town officials have suspended the project, citing a lack of interest.

Rutland challenged to include women on city marketing panel

The committee is made up of three men. “It seems to me that you would want someone to represent the 51 percent of society,” argued a former member of the Board of Aldermen.

House again sidelines proposal on merging lottery and liquor

“We want to move forward, but there are a lot of details to work out,” the speaker said. Others saw it as an opportunity wasted for the sake of politics.