Vermont Senate Finance Committee raises overnight occupancy fee


REGION – The Vermont Senate Finance Committee on Thursday approved a $2 overnight occupancy fee, defying Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s request for no new taxes and fees this year.  The vote came as the governor has been wrangling with House members over his repeated requests for … Continued

to protect older workers from discrimination

REGION – Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has joined Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging; Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging; and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), in introducing … Continued

Smoking is burning a whole through your wallet


  REGION – Smoking cannot only ruin your health; it can also burn a nasty hole through your wallet. The economic and societal costs of smoking-related issues are just as staggering. Every year, Americans collectively spend more than $300 billion, which … Continued

2017 states with the most racial progress


With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day around the corner and 46 percent of U.S. voters expecting Donald Trump’s presidential triumph to result in worse race relations, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s States with the Most … Continued

First steps toward 700,000 Vermonters


  During the gubernatorial campaign Phil Scott set a goal to expand Vermont’s population from 625,000 to 700,000 over the next ten years or so. This is a pretty tall order (maybe unattainable), but the governor-elect’s call does raise an … Continued

Investing in education is investing in the economy

REGION – As our governor-elect prepares his agenda, we hear that it is “all about the economy” now. That’s fine, so long as we remember investing in education is investing in the economy.  And right now, we absolutely need investment … Continued

Hug a veteran

  As Veteran’s Day approaches this Friday, November 11, Win Smith, Jr., president and majority owner of Sugarbush Resort in Vermont, and former chairman of Merrill Lynch International, shares a personal letter: “Just before Veteran’s Day in 1968 my stepfather, … Continued

Minter’s InnovateVT plan helps keep young people in Vermont

    REGION – Surrounded by employees at the Twincraft Skincare’s liquids manufacturing facility today in Essex Junction, Sue Minter unveiled more details on her InnovateVT economic plan. InnovateVT focuses on growing four key sectors of the Vermont economy: clean … Continued

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