David Young, in the midst of an apparent mental health crisis, forced his way into the home of his neighbor, Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington, with a knife. After he was released from a Vermont hospital, authorities said, he killed himself.
A man police identified as David Young broke into Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington’s Northfield home Tuesday night, threatening Harrington and his family with a knife. Young later killed himself after being released from Central Vermont Medical Center. The commissioner and his family were unharmed.
The company told the Vermont Department of Labor it has fewer than 50 Vermont employees.
The 450-employee Williston trucking company reportedly shut its doors without notice earlier this month. The business has until Thursday to respond to a letter from the Vermont labor commissioner.
The legislation — a hard-fought compromise between the House, Senate and governor — provides grants to growing businesses, pays some employees sick with Covid, and supports high-demand sectors like health care and the trades.
The governor’s office took the weekly press conference show on the road this week — a field trip, of sorts — to “Vermont’s Largest Job Fair."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although the Legislature approved the extra money, the federal government says Vermont may not use federal funds that the state had planned to use.
About 14,000 Vermonters are collecting unemployment benefits. Most will lose supplemental federal benefits in a couple weeks.
The state advises claimants to log their search information online to receive their benefits, but some people are told their log-in information is invalid. The department isn’t sure how widespread the issue is.