The Vermont Economy

VPR's Steve Zind

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Winter has been a little slow in arriving this year, and that makes snow-related businesses nervous. But one local ski area has made a major investment in activities that aren’t so weather-dependent.

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Saffron. The golden, flavorful spice has been used to season foods for thousands of years, often in rice and chicken dishes, and is largely grown in the Middle East. So what's it doing growing in Vermont?

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They haven’t been sworn into office just yet. But the newly-elected members of the Legislature gathered in Montpelier this week for a primer on state finances. Analysts say the fiscal road ahead might get rocky, and lawmakers are preparing to navigate policy, and partisan politics, as the 2017 session gets underway.

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A motel that provides shelter for the homeless can remain open after the Shelburne Development Review Board this week said the facility's zoning permit was valid.

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Thousands of people were in Killington this weekend to see the fastest women skiers on the planet do something they haven’t done in almost 40 years: compete in a World Cup event in Vermont.

The Vermont Electric Cooperative has announced that despite steadily climbing costs, the coop will not increase electric rates next year.

Green Mountain Power is looking to buy 14 hydroelectric stations in Vermont and three other New England states. The company says the deal would benefit ratepayers, but a solar developer says investments outside Vermont will slow down renewable energy development in the state.

If you’re tired of all the Black Friday hype, a group in Cavendish is offering up an antidote: Cavendish Connects is sponsoring its third annual Abundance Swap on Saturday, Dec. 3.

For the second year in a row, Green Mountain Transit is providing a Free Ride Day to help Vermont shoppers reach local retailers on "Small Business Saturday," which falls on Nov. 26 this year.

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President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to deport millions of illegal immigrants with criminal records. It’s unclear how many people fit this category — but Trump's sweeping statements are already sending shock waves into many undocumented workers' lives.

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Mention drones and a variety of ideas float into people's minds. They might imagine unmanned armed military vehicles. Or the apparatus used to fly over Vermont's lush fall foliage to record videos that get posted on social media.

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The Stone Hut on top of Mt. Mansfield was destroyed by fire last Christmas Eve. Now, the 80-year-old cabin has been rebuilt and is already booked for the winter camping season.

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Developers who want to build one of Vermont's largest solar projects in Brattleboro have filed for a their state permits.

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The number of homeless individuals and families in Vermont has been dropping steadily and the state has increased the amount of emergency housing for those in need.

But the flip side is that there is still a need for temporary and transitional shelter in Vermont. And the number of individuals and families needing shelter because of domestic violence has not dropped.

The Vermont Public Service Board has opened an investigation into a January problem with FairPoint’s network that affected the state’s Emergency 911 system.

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Skiing superstars such as Mikaela Shiffrin and Lara Gut will be in Killington Nov. 26 and 27 to compete in the first World Cup racing event in Vermont in almost 40 years.

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Two weeks ago, Gov. Peter Shumlin inked a deal with the federal government that could transform the health care landscape in Vermont. But the election of Donald Trump on Tuesday could topple some of the reform initiatives that the Shumlin team has spent six years building.

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On election day, residents in Burlington will be casting their ballots for a number of city issues. Two of the ballot items — numbers 3 and 4 — are related to the possible development of the downtown mall and have caused a heated debate and vigorous campaigns on both sides of the issue.

Washington Electric Cooperative says it will file a request with the Public Service Board to increase rates by approximately 6 percent.

In a big preseason sale, Sugarloaf, Sunday River and four other New England ski resorts are being sold. And that’s just part of an $830 million deal that includes ski resorts, theme parks and other recreation properties around the country.

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