Tag Archives: VTDigger

Op - Ed
February 22, 2017

Vermont has what businesses really need

By Jon Margolis, VTDigger

“It is almost impossible to start a small business now,” said the president of the United States the other day, and he knew why. It was, he said, “because of regulation.” As has been noted elsewhere, Donald Trump and fact do…

Local News
February 22, 2017

Large field competes for seat on the Board of Aldermen

Referendum on refugee resettlement?

By Adam Federman, VTDigger

RUTLAND—Seventeen candidates are vying for just six seats on the board of aldermen in the upcoming election on March 7. That figure is about twice the number of candidates typically in a board election over the last…

Local News
February 22, 2017

Mayor Louras faces three challengers to win sixth term

By Adam Federman, VTDigger

RUTLAND—At the first mayoral debate hosted by PEG-TV two weeks ago, Kam Johnston responded to a question dealing with the city’s infrastructure needs by saying, “Ironically enough it’s gotten a little tense and it’s not me.” The irony was in the…

Local News
February 15, 2017

Raising the minimum wage?

Workers and businesses split By Erin Mansfield, VTDigger Workers say raising the minimum wage will help them spend money at local businesses, but local businesses say paying workers more will cause them to raise prices. Those were the competing messages of witnesses who spoke at…

Bill seeks information on why Vermonters take their lives
State News
February 8, 2017

Bill seeks information on why Vermonters take their lives

By Erin Mansfield, VTDigger

Ten members of the Vermont House have introduced a bill intended to get to the root of why people take their own lives. H.184 would require the Department of Mental Health to issue a report to the Legislature every year describing…

State News
February 8, 2017

Bills seek to limit plastic bags

By Mike Polhamus, VTDiggger

Plastic bags are sometimes said to last forever, but they might not last much longer in Vermont after legislators last week introduced a bill to ban single-use carryout bags. The bill, H.105, is one of two intended to curb the use…

Column
February 3, 2017

Icy Vermont interlude for a Hollywood legend

By Mark Bushnell, VTDigger

The movie is long forgotten, but the scene is well remembered. It is a classic of the silent-movie era. A young woman lies unconscious on an ice floe as it floats downriver toward a waterfall. All the while, her lover braves…

State News
February 1, 2017

Welch-backed bill on rural phone quality moves ahead

By Jasper Craven, VTDigger

The U.S. House has unanimously passed a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., that aims to improve the quality of rural phone service. “Whether an emergency call or a business order, Vermonters should have confidence that their calls are…