Vermonters’ Income Dive

According to a recent WCAX-TV article: “The harsh reality of the recession was put into numbers Thursday, and Vermont saw the largest drop in average household income in the country“.  Here are some specifics: “Nationally there was a 2.2 percent drop in average household income to $50,000. In Vermont there was a 6.1 percent drop to…

IBM and the Future of Microelectronics

With the proliferation of low cost end user devices that can connect wirelessly to the Internet, the need for a major increase in microchips is just beginning.  When IBM chose to build its next generation 300 mm plant, dubbed Fab 2000 in Fishkill NY, many thought it was the end of the plant here in…

Shumlin’s Economic Policies Hurting Vermonters

The following is from our friends at the Vermont GOP: Governor Peter Shumlin campaigned on a promise to boost Vermont’s economy. But after 8 months in office, Vermont’s economic recovery is losing steam and our jobless rate is on the rise. The Shumlin administration has introduced uncertainty into an already uncertain economy with its undefined…

Another Reason to Join the Resistance

Back in February, I made the case that, instead of spending time and resources trying to comply with Obamacare, Vermont should join the list of states who have chosen to ignore the law after a Florida federal judge ruled it unconstitutional. The most recent nail in the coffin of Obamacare was Friday’s ruling by the Eleventh…

Vermont’s Manufacturing Job Losses do not Seem to be Returning

Here is an article that shows how Vermont is on of the states that has lost the most blue collar jobs between 2000 and 2010: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/12/the-ten-states-blue-collar_n_895046.html#s306887&title=10_Connecticut Two thirds of these jobs have been lost in production. This is not what people should be most concerned with. New Hampshire lost even more blue collar jobs during…

Another Business Leaves VT

Here is the latest from our friends at the Vermont GOP: Governor Shumlin and the Democrat legislative supermajority’s inability to make serious changes in Vermont’s property tax structure is costing Vermonters jobs. Just recently Fox 44 detailed how one company has had to leave the Green Mountain State. They story mentions: Susan Wachob and her…

VTEP issues statement on Vermont Yankee Refueling

The following is a statement from Brad Ferland, President of the Vermont Energy Partnership, regarding the Vermont Yankee refueling announcement. “This decision is very good news for Vermont. It keeps 1,200 people at their jobs and ensures more price competitive and reliable electricity for Vermont. Furthermore, it shows Entergy is committed to working in Vermont…

Meet the Vermont Worker’s Center

The Vermont Workers Center (VWC), founded in 1996, is a tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is “… dedicated to organizing for workers’ rights and living wages for all Vermonters”. In the Fall of 2001, the Workers’ Center affiliated with the national organization called Jobs With Justice and affiliated with another alliance of grassroots groups called…