State launches Infants in the Workplace program

Governor Phil Scott, Secretary of Administration Susanne Young, and Human Resources Commissioner Beth Fastiggi announced an “Infants in the Workplace” program for state employees. The policy allows a state employee the option to bring their infant children up to the age of six months to work. The program launched on February 1. The program is… Read More »

Vt. Highway deaths total 68 in 2018, down slightly: Lawmakers weighing preliminary numbers for pot-related driving offenses

By KIT NORTON VTDIGGER.ORG The number of highway deaths in Vermont was slightly down in 2018 compared to the year before, according to preliminary data from the Vermont Agency of Transportation Office of Highway Safety. In 2018, there were 60 crashes in which 68 people died on Vermont highways. The year before, 70 people died… Read More »

Federal shutdown puts Vermont welfare programs at risk

Federal shutdown puts Vermont welfare programs at risk

By KIT NORTON VTDIGGER If the federal government shutdown continues into March, Vermont could be on the hook for millions of dollars to fund welfare programs in the state, according to a briefing from the Joint Fiscal Office to the House Appropriations Committee on Friday. The briefing on the impact of the shutdown on Vermont… Read More »

Citizens group appeals Coventry landfill expansion

Citizens group appeals Coventry landfill expansion

By ELIZABETH GRIBKOFF VTDigger.org A citizens group is moving forward in opposing a 51-acre expansion of the Coventry landfill. In October, the state Agency of Natural Resources’ Department of Environmental Conservation issued a final certification approving a 10-year continuation of the existing landfill and an expansion to its south. Members of DUMP LLC — an acronym for Don’t… Read More »

Ceres rises

Ceres rises

The new statue of the Roman goddess of agriculture, Ceres, is raised to the re-gilded dome of the Vermont State House at a ceremony on Nov. 30.

New State House statue set for dome-topping debut Friday

New State House statue set for dome-topping debut Friday

By KEVIN O’CONNOR VTDIGGER.ORG Chris Miller knows how 160 years of history has credited the late Larkin Goldsmith Mead with creating the statue of a goddess of agriculture atop the Vermont State House. Chris Miller knows better. True, Mead designed the allegorical figure — popularly if not officially known by the Roman name Ceres —… Read More »

Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission plans listening tour

The Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission will host a listening tour to give Vermonters an opportunity for public comment on the draft reports produced by the Commission’s Subcommittees on Roadway Safety, Education and Prevention, and Taxation and Regulation recently. The draft reports document the findings and recommendations of the subcommittees for review by the commission. The… Read More »

Vermont unemployment drops to 2.8 percent

The Vermont Department of Labor announced last week that the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for October was 2.8 percent, a drop of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised September rate. That compares with the national rate in October of 3.7 percent.  As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan area… Read More »

State tool can help compare health plans

The state of Vermont has launched an updated online tool to help Vermonters weigh insurance options and choose the health plan that best fits their needs and budget. The 2019 Plan Comparison Tool is accessible online at VermontHealthConnect.gov and allows users to screen at least 26 health plan options. The comparison function should be helpful… Read More »