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July 26, 2017

Vermont unemployment rate holds steady in June

The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for June was 3.2 percent. This reflects no change from the revised May rate. (The national rate in June was 4.4 percent.) Vermont’s overall unemployment rate was tied for the seventh lowest…

State News
July 26, 2017

Lawmakers consider cuts after $28.8 million revenue downgrade

By Anne Galloway and Erin Mansfield, VTDigger

Economists told lawmakers on Friday, July 21, that revenue for the state’s base operating budget will come in $28.8 million lower than expected this fiscal year.

Tom Kavet, the economist for the Vermont Legislature, and Jeffrey Carr, the…

State News
July 19, 2017

Settlement over $650,000 site cleanup falls through

By Alan Keays/VTDigger

An attorney for the state says a Rutland businessman hasn’t lived up to a pledge to provide needed documents to finalize a settlement over the $650,000 environmental cleanup of his property.

Assistant Attorney General Justin Kolber has now asked Judge Helen Toor…

State News
July 19, 2017

Foodbank works to provide summer meals

Nationally, more than 22 million children receive meals through the National School Lunch Program during the school year. But when school is out during the summer, the USDA Summer Food Service Program reaches less than 4 million kids.

To combat summer hunger, the Vermont Foodbank…

State News
July 19, 2017

PTSD center in White River Junction poised for full funding

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION—A national Veterans Affairs center headquartered in White River Junction is likely to be fully funded in the next fiscal year.

In the version of a budget bill that passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, July 13, the…

Leahy farmworker bill gains momentum, advocates
State News
July 12, 2017

Leahy farmworker bill gains momentum, advocates

By Gaen Murphree

A key to finally getting federal law changed so immigrants can more easily work on Vermont’s dairy farms is getting farmers and farm advocates here to reach out to their counterparts in Republican-leaning states. That is the analysis of people familiar with…

State News
July 5, 2017

Fentanyl takes a deadly toll on Vermont

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger

On Christmas Eve in 2015, Eric Morin died of acute fentanyl poisoning.

His family was told it was nearly instant.

“The counselor told us it was like turning a light switch on and off,” Morin’s mother, Rachel Coulter, said. “That’s how…

State News
June 28, 2017

Frustrated school board members form rival lobbying group

By Tiffany Danitz Pache, VTDigger

School board members who are frustrated with the Vermont School Boards Association’s lobbying priorities have formed a rival group.

Members of the Alliance of Vermont School Board Members are frustrated with the association’s stance on the school district consolidation law,…

State News
June 28, 2017

State fines North Springfield slaughterhouse

By Troy Shaheen, VTDigger

Mercy for Animals, an animal protection group based in California, is calling for an investigation into Vermont Packinghouse for what it calls “unfair and deceptive business practices.” The advocacy group filed complaints last week with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and…