Vermont is a wonderful place to live. But despite everything our state has to offer, ours is one of only three states since 2010 to have actually lost population. What is happening that fewer people want to live in the greatest place there is to live?
That’s the lowest black unemployment has been since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking unemployment in 1972.
The fact is that “profit” is not a four-letter word. Free enterprise is what built the world’s biggest economy, and it is free enterprise that has provided the means for success of individuals and businesses. Burdensome taxation, employer mandates and over-regulation of business stifles business expansion and economic growth.
It is time for Montpelier to give up trying to find new things to do to attract new citizens and start figuring out what it is they are doing that drives people away — and stop.
I would urge those in government nonprofits and special interest groups to table what they believe are important issues and focus on how we bring to Vermont the resources state employers desperately need — employees willing to work and live here.
Attracting new businesses to Vermont is a laudable goal, but tax incentives are not the way to do that.
At the moment Donald Trump’s presidency seems to have produced a big adrenaline shot for a relatively stagnant U.S. economy.
According to the most recent information from the federal Office of Management and Budget, the country has been experiencing 3 percent growth for the past three quarters, and that number appears to be holding for the fourth quarter. Growth like this has not been experienced since before the Great Recession.
The economic numbers clearly have improved on President Donald Trump’s watch, with unemployment down and consumer confidence stronger.
Out of the 50 states, Forbes ranks Vermont 48 for business climate. Only Alaska and West Virginia project a more dismal future than we do.
The bold, new education and workforce development program has a goal of arming 70 percent of Vermont’s population with either trade or higher education credentials by the year 2025.