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Vermont Business Magazine With the US government closed for business for the 19th time since 1976, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States Most & Least Affected by the 2018 government shutdown (link is external) to add some hard data to all the rhetoric.
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) -- Voters in the Vermont community of Waterbury will be deciding whether to contract with the state police for coverage after the village police department was disbanded last year. The vote takes place during a special meeting on Tuesday. Residents had voted in June to dissolve the ...
Vermont, like some other rural states, has been wrestling with dropping enrollment, rising education costs and tightening budgets, and is searching for solutions; it has encouraged school districts to merge. Nationally, school budgets have yet to fully recover from the impact of the 2008-2009 recession, and ...
Vermont Business Magazine school Choice Week began in Vermont and across America on Sunday, with the goal of raising awareness about the options that parents have for their children's education. The Week will feature 55 events and activities across the Green Mountain State, including open house ...
Before we move forward with such a significant undertaking, Vermonters should ask some tough questions about whether there is a better way to address the need for correctional facilities in the State of Vermont. 2,681 - that was the number of inmates the Council of State governments projected Vermont ...

Vermont Governor Signs Pot Bill With 'Mixed Emotions' ... Phil Scott has privately signed Vermont's recreational marijuana bill into law "with mixed emotions". ... Once it takes effect on July 1, Vermont will become the ninth state in the country, along with Washington, D.C., to approve the recreational use of ...
Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, on Monday signed a legalization bill, making the state the first to legalize cannabis through its legislature instead of a ballot initiative. The bill legalizes possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and up to two mature and four immature cannabis plants for adults 21 and older.
4, Vermont's House passed House Bill 511, which would legalize the possession and limited cultivation of marijuana for recreational purposes. Just six days later, after a bit of debating, Vermont's Senate concurred and also passed H. 511. Finally, Gov. Phil Scott (R-Vt.) has pledged his support to the bill, ...
Despite the ongoing shutdown, it was a normal day for many federal operations in Vermont. While there may be some apprehension over the shutdown, officials say its impact on our region, at least for the time being, will be minimal. The Burlington International Airport was staffed with TSA officials Saturday ...
According to the Department of Justice, 27-year-old Nia Moore-Bush, also known as "Nia Dinzey," and Dinelson Dinzey, 34, both of Springfield, were arrested Friday morning. Three Vermont residents -- Joshua Foster, 40, Tracy Parsons, 45, and Jamison Gallas, 36, all of Barre, Vermont -- also were taken ...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Several Vermont state agencies are seeking to delay hearings this month on the proposed sale of the closed Vermont Yankee ... to postpone hearings scheduled for this month so they can review NorthStar Group's updated financial offer to Entergy, owner of Vermont Yankee.
Editor's note: This commentary is by Skyler Bailey, of Burlington, where he works in medical administration. Vermont -- Established 1791. Emblazoned on countless shirts and other apparel, it passes without a thought of its inaccuracy, or of what is whitewashed out of Vermont's identity as a result.
"Vermont's public records law is premised on the notion that to be accountable, our government must be transparent. Unfortunately, state agencies routinely ignore that principle and the legal requirements of Vermont's public records law at tremendous cost to the state and to our democracy," said James ...
LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont state police are investigating the death of an 11-month-old boy. WCAX-TV reports the child died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on Thursday. State police are not saying if the child's death is suspicious. The death has been labeled "unexplained." police have not ...
The most recent information released about the state's labor market showed a continuation of what Vermont has been experiencing for the past few months. The state's November unemployment rate was 2.9 percent, the same as it's been since September and nearly as low as it has ever been in Vermont's ...
The commerce agency will keep Vermont Life in house. State officials have rejected nine bids from outside companies to take over the state's signature tourism magazine. Michael Schirling, the secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, told lawmakers that none of the bidders, ...

For the last several weeks the Vermont state police have been investigating allegations of abuses of power by Guy Rouelle. Now troopers have wrapped up their investigation and Thursday handed the case over to Vermont's Attorney General. WCAX initially learned about the accusations after obtaining an ...
"There's really no mechanism in Medicaid to do that," says Dr. Scott Strenio, who administers the Medicaid program for the state of Vermont. He says the federal government won't allow states to cover medical marijuana with Medicaid dollars, "by virtue of [it] being a Schedule I agent. That's, I think -- that's ...
The Vermont Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would allow the recreational use of marijuana, putting the state on course to become the first in the country to legalize pot by an act of the Legislature rather than through a referendum by voters. By voice vote, the Senate agreed to the ...
Vermont Life magazine also fits into the Scott Administration's new effort to recruit working age people to Vermont. Schirling saysthe magazine will be a part of the state's targeted messaging program that aims to recruit workers and turn tourists into residents. People who have already spent time in the state ...
When New England experiences severe cold weather, rural homes quickly burn through a precious wintertime commodity: firewood. After the latest cold spell, NPR looks at how Vermonters' woodpiles are faring, and what the rest of the the winter will hold. facebook; twitter; Flipboard; email ...
The legislation proposed in both the Vermont House and Senate would waive tuition to Vermont state schools and skills-training certificate programs. It also would cover the cost of tuition at Vermont private colleges or universities, capped at the cost for a state student to attend the University of Vermont.
A Vermont town has voted unanimously to host the proposed Granite State Power Link transmission line. Waterford had previously indicated support for the new transmission line with a letter prior to the vote. The Caledonian-Record reports the vote to sign a memorandum of understanding establishes a ...
In Vermont, legalization has been debated for years, with most polls showing widespread public support for it. Among voters there, 57% support allowing adults to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana, according to a survey conducted last year by Public Policy Polling. A total of 39% are opposed.
(Burlington, VT) -- January 2018 -- Sap!, a Vermont-based all natural beverage company, was included in Whole Foods market's Top 10 Food Trends 2018 list. Sap! was featured in the "Say Cheers to the Other Bubbly" trend which gives a nod to the growing popularity of plant-derived sparkling beverages.
Peter Roscini Colman, owner of Plainfield's Vermont Salumi, believes he was the first Vermonter to receive approval for a HACCP plan for cured salami, in 2013. Since then, he has produced pepper, chorizo, fennel, and red-wine-and-garlic salami at the Mad River Food Hub in Waitsfield. He also makes ...
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Vermont's largest city is considering making a downtown mural depicting famous people associated with Burlington and Vermont more inclusive after an activist defaced it and called the art racist. The mural, "Everyone Loves a Parade!," by Quebec artist Pierre Hardy, is described as ...
Current Vermont law decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana, but people can still be given civil tickets. Under the bill expected to pass Wednesday, possession of amounts below the one ounce threshold is legal, Vermont Law school Professor Robert Sand, a former county prosecutor ...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) An update to a recent WCAX special report -- "The Plane Truth." Vermont has now sold its state airplane to the highest bidder. According to the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, the 1962 Cessna sold for $85,500 at a public auction last week. An appraisal ...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Lawmakers in Vermont are considering legislation that would protect safe injection sites. Vermont Public Radio ... Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George created the safe injection site commission that recommended the practice in Vermont. George said there's no "valid ...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont residents who don't identify as male or female may soon be able to choose another gender on their licenses. Vermont Public Radio reports the Department of Motor Vehicles' new computer system will allow a third gender option. The law enforcement Advisory Board says ...
Every ounce of sipping vinegar bottled in Vermont Village's Northfield facility is the creation of one person -- Allison Gagne. "It's still pretty hard to wrap my mind around," Gagne said. She had a small business called potions. "It was just sort of a hobby," Gagne said. She took apple cider vinegar and mixed it ...
Vermont Business Magazine North Hartland tool corporation (NHTC), manufacturer of precision gages and fixtures, is pleased to announce the expansion of their manufacturing facility located in North Hartland, Vermont. The building expansion will allow for new equipment and software incorporating the ...
The first day of the legislative session is like the first day of school - after months apart, handshakes and back-patting abound. That jovial mood didn't last long in the Vermont Senate chamber, where Wednesday morning discussions focused on unwelcome personal touches and conduct that crosses the ...
"We're going to focus on this this session and make sure that the policies we're spending our time on are ones that make the Vermont dream accessible to everyone, and keep Vermont on the path to a strong, healthy future," she told lawmakers. Johnson says too many Vermonters are living paycheck to ...
The outlier is Vermont, a state that had the highest percentage of inbound migration in 2017. About 68 percent of state-to-state moves in Vermont were inbound last year. It's the fourth year in a row that Vermont was included in the survey as a state gaining out-of-state residents. Most respondents who ...
Vermont firefighters quickly contain a fire that broke out in an apartment building in sub-zero weather Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in Montpelier, Vt. The fire displaced tenants from eight units. No one was injured but one tenant says a pet bird died in the blaze. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and ...
The Indian-born Englishman was perhaps the world's most popular writer when he moved to Vermont in 1892. From all appearances, Kipling and his wife, Caroline, were here to stay. They began building a large house in Dummerston and named it Naulahka, after a priceless jewel in a novel Kipling had ...
A multistate outbreak of E. coli has infected one person in Vermont and two in New Hampshire. Federal and state officials are still investigating the source of the outbreak, which so far has infected 17 people in 13 states, including one person in Chittenden County and two in New Hampshire's Cheshire ...
13, 2017, file photo, James MacWilliams prunes a marijuana plant that he is growing indoors in Portland, Maine. Vermont lawmakers are expected to renew the debate in the new year about whether recreational marijuana should be legalized in the state, as it is in Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File).
The number of people killed in traffic crashes on Vermont roads in 2017 climbed to the highest level in four years, records show -- prompting lawmakers to consider tougher regulations regarding seat belt use. Sixty-nine people lost their lives in 63 vehicle wrecks, according to Vermont state police data.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont's lowest paid workers are getting a raise along with the New Year. As of Monday, Vermont's minimum wage increased to $10.50 per hour, up from $10 per hour. According to a determination signed by Vermont Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle, the minimum wage for ...
Vermont traffic safety officials are concerned by an increase in the number of traffic fatalities on the state's roadways. Jan. ... state police Lt. John Flannigan, commander of the Vermont State police's safety programs, says the figures are disappointing and officials are looking at ways to reduce crashes.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont lawmakers are expecting to resume the debate about whether the state should become the first in the country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana through an act of a legislative body in the opening days of the 2018 legislative session, which begins Wednesday.
A man died Saturday when his car plunged into the icy Sherman Reservoir in Vermont, located just north of the Massachusetts town of Rowe. Nelson Rix, 61, of Readsboro, Vt., was found dead when his 2002 Volvo V70 was pulled from the water, according to a press release from Vermont state police.
The University of Vermont Health Network is going to bring a wholly owned insurance company home to Vermont. The UVM Network's captive insurance company, which provides malpractice insurance for its medical providers, is currently located in Bermuda. The network's board recently voted to bring the ...
WORCESTER -- After dropping the first two games of its December homestand, the Holy Cross women's basketball team went into an eight-day break on a high note with a 64-53 win over Vermont on a snowy Saturday afternoon at the Hart Center. Senior guard Infiniti Thomas-Waheed scored a game-high ...
A carbon tax is the best idea on the table to keep Vermont moving toward a goal of getting 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050, according to state Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas, D-Bradford, who intends to introduce the plan during the upcoming legislative session. "We are kidding ...
MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) -- The Vermont State House will once again be the site of an ice rink. The Capitol Complex Commission decided on Friday to allow the return of a rink this winter. Republican Gov. Phil Scott promised to bring a garden house to the State House to make sure it happened, but in ...


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