A potential overhaul of Act 250 has many Vermonters questioning the merits, failures and likely future changes of the state’s watershed land use law. Last week, an all-day event was held to find balance for Vermont’s communities, economy and environment.
“Even in towns with zoning, Dollar General has been painfully successful,” said Terry Davison Berger, a member of the group. She told the Reformer she and the other members “are clearly biased” in their opposition to Dollar General, “But we want to give everyone an opportunity to express their opinions.”
Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday vetoed bills for a $15 minimum wage and mandatory paid family leave, citing campaign promises not to raise costs on residents and businesses.
We urge the governor and General Assembly to quickly resolve their differences on the budget and to continue a steady course of no new taxes or fees. A second consecutive year without new taxes or fees can have a significant impact on creating an economic climate that leads to business expansion.
In the latest move to soak the productive part of the city’s economy, the Seattle City Council voted 9-0 to approve a new “head tax” imposing a $250-per-worker charge on companies making over $20 million a year. Companies such as Amazon and Starbucks lashed out when their bottom line was threatened.
The prospect of a new dairy processing plant in Windham County is good news for dairy farmers around Vermont, said Diane Bothfeld, the director of administrative services and dairy policy for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.
Vermont is one step closer to a $15 minimum wage following a narrow yes vote in the House on Tuesday, and business owners say the development has them worried, despite the likelihood of a veto by the governor.
The U.S.’s trade deficit shrank in March to the lowest point since September of 2017, even as President Donald Trump’s trade negotiations are heating up.
On a party-line vote, a bill that would’ve created a Family and Medical Leave Insurance program in New Hampshire failed to gain the support of the state Senate, putting its future in doubt.
“Very few employers want to hire liberal arts majors,” the research director said, referencing a two percent estimate from another survey. He also mentioned that “no one cares about GPA anymore,” suggesting only around one percent of employers indicated that they valued the metric.
According to ALEC, states that tax less and spend less have a higher growth rate than states that do not. As the Vermont General Assembly begins its wind-down, we encourage legislators to think about the consequences of tax-and-spend policies as they look to ways of growing the state’s economy.