The Vermont Economy

VPR's Steve Zind

VPR senior reporter Steve Zind focuses on the Vermont economy and its impact on our lives. Follow Steve Zind on Twitter, post comments on the stories, and let Steve know what local economy stories you think VPR should cover.

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As it becomes increasingly apparent that Gov. Phil Scott’s bombshell budget proposal Tuesday won’t pass muster in either the House or Senate, key legislators are already asking the Republican for an alternative spending package. It does not appear that one is forthcoming.

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The Vermont Department of Labor and the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation has updated its list of the top "high-pay, high-demand" jobs projected for Vermont over the next 10 years – and the educational requirements needed to obtain them.

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On Tuesday, Gov. Phil Scott unveiled his plan for the state budget in front of the Vermont Legislature. Here is Scott's address in its entirety.

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In what would amount to unprecedented legislative intervention in local education spending, Republican Gov. Phil Scott has asked lawmakers to wrest control over school budgets so that his administration can fund an array of child care programs and higher-education initiatives.

The annual Point-in-Time Survey on Tuesday night will attempt to chronicle the number of homeless people in each county around the state.  

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The nation's largest online retailer, Amazon, has announced that beginning Feb. 1, it will begin to collect the state sales tax from its Vermont consumers.

Franklin Foods

Franklin Foods has been using local milk to make cheese in Enosburg Falls since 1899. The company is based in Florida and has a second plant in Arizona. And now those assets are owned by a German company called Hochland.

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Net Zero Vermont has announced a winner for its Montpelier 2030 Design Competition. Entrants were tasked with creating a sustainable vision for the capital city that could be achieved in the next 13 years. 

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A recent report commissioned by the Vermont Attorney General’s office says the system of “alternative regulation” used by Green Mountain Power for 10 years failed to hold the utility fully accountable for its spending, and customers suffered the consequences.

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A new report released Thursday shows that Vermont's economy is continuing to make slow and steady progress. Among the findings are that corporate profits are lower than expected, due in part to a number of companies hiring new workers.

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A housing group in Brattleboro wants to purchase a motel and build a supportive housing development with 22 new apartments. Eleven of those units would be devoted to long-term housing for homeless individuals.

As Ringling Bros. announces it will close, New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro is keeping the art of circus performing alive. The group's co-founder Elsie Smith (left) works with Cherie Jacque and Miranda Kent on the trapeze.
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It's big news when a group like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announces that it will close after 146 years. But at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, aspiring circus performers continue to train. And in many ways, the staff there say the future of circus arts has never been brighter.

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If lawmakers go along with the recommendations outlined in a long-awaited report released late Sunday night, then property owners across Vermont will pick up much of the tab for a water-quality improvement initiative expected to cost almost $1 billion over the next 20 years.

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Gov. Phil Scott may have sold off his stake in a company that does business with state government, but critics say he still hasn’t eliminated the financial conflicts related to that business relationship.

A recent report commissioned by the Vermont Attorney General’s office says the system of “Alternative Regulation” used by Green Mountain Power didn't hold the utility accountable for its spending — and customers are suffering the consequences.

A startup in South Burlington wants to get in on the ground floor of a coming revolution in small satellites. GreenScale Technologies is developing tiny propulsion systems for these small satellites.

A key official in the administration of Gov. Phil Scott says she anticipates economists to downgrade Vermont’s revenue forecast when they unveil new fiscal projections next Thursday.

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State Treasurer Beth Pearce is planning to work with lawmakers this year to set up a program to bring retirement savings plans to more Vermonters.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled its first meeting with the company that wants to purchase and decommission Vermont Yankee.

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When an ambulance is dispatched to a medical emergency, the medical responders don’t stop to ask how they’ll get paid. They help first, and ask questions later.

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