The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday released a positive jobs report on March, showing gains of 196,000 jobs, after only 20,000 jobs were created in February. All the while, the U.S. continues to boast an almost record low unemployment rate and rising wages for workers.
The major challenge for employers today is to find qualified workers. This is perhaps no more obvious than in the health care industry.
Mark and Kate Bowen, owners of Meadowdale Farm in Putney, discuss how heavy regulations, high financial losses and creeping anti-farming attitudes have made life in Vermont challenging for farmers.
Average hourly earnings rose 3.4 percent in February, marking the greatest earnings increase since April 2009, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report. February earnings were the seventh consecutive month during which compensation was three percent or higher.
In February, owner Carolyn Handy announced that the company, which employed several people in southern Vermont, would be closing as a result of the rising costs of doing business in the state.
The importance of the forest product industry in Vermont cannot be overstated. It adds approximately $1.5 billion to our gross domestic product.
We are concerned that measures like these will have a severely negative impact on the ability of businesses to attract and retain employees. We are also concerned about business decisions on whether or not to move to — or stay in — Vermont as a result of these bills.
Daylight saving time is officially in place. The vernal equinox will be here next week. Baseball officially begins in two weeks. That can mean only one thing: It’s sugaring time.
The flood of proposed new taxes, regulations and curbs on traditional culture have something in common: they are almost universally hostile to low- and middle-income, rural, working Vermonters.
S.23 proposes raising the minimum wage to $11.50 on Jan. 1, 2020, and then annually until it reaches $15.00 on Jan. 1, 2024. Following those increases, the legislation calls for increases in the minimum wage of 5 percent or the percentage of increase of the Consumer Price Index.
The fiscal self-dealing, irresponsibility, insider trading and waste in Vermont is too epic to continue ignoring. We need to “Vexit” the fiscal insanity going on in our state.