Business & Economics Op-Ed

Act 250 and the Perfect Climate Conscious State

In January 2019 the commission to review and update Act 250 presented a well written report. Its recommendations are now the subject of 94-page bill (H.926) to dramatically reshape the state’s land use and development act. On the plus side, in light of its 50 years in force, Act 250 was certainly due, or overdue, Read More…

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After, It’s Too Late To Vote ‘NO’

Well intentioned legislation can have unexpected, costly results. The current session of the Vermont Legislature features several sweeping environmental and land-use bills and proposals. Most notably are H.926 – Act 250: The Next 50 Years (Act 250 2.0), H.688 – the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) and PR.9 – Read More…

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Vermont Woodlands Association Legislative Update – Week 6

WEEK 6: INCLUDED IN THIS UPDATE ACT 250/ H926 Chlorpyrifos/Glyphosate  Agency of Agriculture Strategic Plan 2020 H-673 Tree Wardens H-674 Land Use  H-688 Climate Action S-54 Minimum Wage H-926 An act relating to changes to Act 250 On Thursday the House Natural Resource committee, on a vote of 6-3-2, voted out H-926 , the Act Read More…

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Vend in the Vermont Building at the Big E

Editor’s note: This is a great opportunity to get your Vermont made product in front of a lot of eyes. I had the opportunity to participate many years ago and it was worth it. The Vermont Building at the Eastern States Exposition (“The Big E”) showcases the authenticity, quality, and spirit of Vermont. Each year, Read More…

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VT Regional Workforce Summit Report

Last fall, REDC hosted one of twelve Regional Workforce Summits around the state in partnership with the VT Department of Labor (VDOL) and the State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) with the Regional Development Corporations. This past week, the VDOL and Governor Phil Scott accepted the 2019 Regional Workforce Summit Report as a result of these series Read More…

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Vermont Woodlands Association Legislative Update – Week 4

WEEK 4: INCLUDED IN THIS UPDATE Medical Monitoring  Chlorpyrifos /Glyphosate  Use Value Appraisal Act   ACT 250 Paid Family Leave  Minimum Wage from the Retail and Grocers Association Bills of Interest MEDICAL MONITORING S-37 An act relating to medical monitoring This bill proposes to hold any person who releases a toxic substance strictly, jointly, and severally liable Read More…

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Rent Control On Agenda for House Committee

February 3, 2020 – H670, giving cities and towns the power to exercise rent control, will be discussed Friday morning in the House Government Operations Committee of the Vermont House of Representatives. Sponsored by Reps. Curt McCormack (D-Burlington) and Brian Cina (P-Burlington), H670 would add rent hike increases to the list of rental housing powers Read More…

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How Do I Set My Prices?

February 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Free (registration required) Do you know what you should charge for your product or service? We sometimes undersell ourselves or our products and do not always take into account our overhead costs. As a part of your pricing strategy, you also need to research your competitors’ pricing and evaluate Read More…

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Vermont Woodlands Association Legislative Update – Week 3

WEEK 3: INCLUDED IN THIS UPDATE Governor’s Budget Act 250 Milk Bonding Senate Agriculture Committee Paid Family Leave Minimum Wage GOVERNOR’S BUDGET OVERVIEW Supports FY2021 General Fund total appropriations of $1.702 billion. Funds a suite of economic development initiatives, including investment incentives, a convertible loan program and grants to rural entrepreneurs. Invests in cutting-edge technology Read More…

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Careers in Construction

The Vermont Talent Pipeline Management (VTPM) is a collaborative statewide effort to address the critical industries within Vermont that are experiencing worker shortages. Current industries being addressed through VTPM are healthcare, construction, and manufacturing. Most recently, VTPM has worked with ReArch Company and area construction employers throughout Vermont to develop and release Exploring Careers in Vermont Read More…

Business & Economics Hot! Property Rights Statehouse

Act 250 Revisions Move Forward

Reading about the Legislature’s ongoing effort to revise Act 250, Vermont’s land use and development law, is both intimidating and important. And that’s a problem. Eyes unused to environmental regulatory language are apt to glaze over after just a few paragraphs discussing “criteria” and “jurisdiction.” And there are a lot of paragraphs. New ideas, testimony Read More…

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Vermont Woodlands Association Legislative Update – Week 2

WEEK 2 Welcome to the 2020 Legislative Update. I will be providing a weekly update of the issues, bills, committee meetings and hearings of the Vermont Legislature. The 2020 legislature session began on January 7th, there have been numerous new bills introduced and several bills that did not pass last year, are being revisited. If Read More…

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Renewable Energy Driving Up Power Costs

Two decades ago Vermont policy leaders balked at a regional trend towards competitive retail markets for purchasing electricity. To date, the northeast continues to pay some of the highest prices in the nation and renewable energy could be the culprit. Bill Short, an energy policy expert based in New York City, tells FYIVT that Vermont Read More…

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ALERT! Update your Firefox Browser

Mozilla has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Firefox, Firefox ESR, and Thunderbird. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system. This vulnerability was detected in exploits in the wild. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Security Advisories for Firefox Read More…

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Vt Senate Taking Up Veto Overrides: Waiting Period, Medical Monitoring

[Senate] ACTION CALENDAR 1/9/20 UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 ,2020 GOVERNOR VETO S.37. An act relating to medical monitoring. Pending question (to be voted by call of the roll): Shall the bill pass, not withstanding the Governor’s refusal to approve the bill? (Two-thirds of the members present required to override the Governor’s veto.) (For Read More…

Business & Economics Hot! Rutland County Statehouse Tax Land

Act 64 Stormwater Runoff/3 Acre Rule Hearing in Rutland

With costs to Rutland County adding up into the tens of millions, the real question is, who is responsible for the price tag? FYIVT is working on that answer. For now, watch the linked video to find out what’s coming to your way. PEG TV recording of the Act 64 Stormwater Runoff/3 Acre Rule Public Read More…