Few people in Vermont were in a better position to know what our politicians are doing and not doing to stop our demographic slide than these two young men. They took that knowledge, gauged their future, and left for states that are doing things very differently.
Hong Kong is Vermont’s second largest export market for goods, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. It is also troubled with political unrest and the U.S./China trade war.
Chet Greenwood of Ethan Allen Manufacturing and Anya Tynio of the Newport Daily Express join us to discuss jobs and revitalizing the economy of the Northeast Kingdom.
Millennials living here can’t fully appreciate an education system and a more knowledgeable citizenry unless Vermont’s affordability improves. Millennials from other states are even more sensitive to such considerations.
Vermont may be a nice place to take summer vacations and ski trips, but it’s not a great place to start a business according to yet another economic study.
That’s right, on a per capita basis, we each paid $5,015 to our Vermont government in 2017, more than any other state.
It is also worth noting some of the things North Carolina has not done over the past decade. For example, North Carolina does not have a $15 minimum wage. In fact, North Carolina’s minimum wage is the lowest allowable by federal law: $7.25 an hour. And, North Carolina does not have a Paid Family Leave program.
Vermont’s leading progressive news publication, Seven Days, reported that one of their award-winning young journalists, Taylor Dobbs, “is moving to North Carolina with his wife, Tori, after years of trying to make it financially in Vermont.” Oh, the irony here.
Across the U.S., New Hampshire ranked No. 46 in the study in two of the three categories – business environment and access to resources – and notched a No. 39 for the business costs ranking. With other factors brought into the mix, New Hampshire overall ranked No. 48 in the study.
While it is tempting to continue debating the 2019 political turmoil, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce instead chooses to celebrate some of the many areas where legislators actively responded to the needs of the business community.
Will tariffs hurt Vermont in the short run and/or the long run? Time will tell. But what Vermonters can confidently predict is that many of our elected officials and the businesses that financially support them will not say so if the Trump tariffs work, after all.