Vermont environmental, municipal and state officials were at the ECHO Center for Lake Champlain this week to announce the launch of a new coalition to help bridge the environmental chasm caused when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.
Legalized marijuana in Vermont will have to wait again. Among the vetoed legislation that the legislature reviewed during its special session on Wednesday was a bill to allow the use of marijuana by adults. While the state Senate overturned the veto, the House refused to reverse the governor’s decision.
Lawmakers headed back to Montpelier Wednesday as the Vermont Legislature met for a special veto session. After a long day of twists and turns, the House and Senate eventually approved the 2018 state budget, which includes an adjusted teacher health care deal that the governor wanted included in the fiscal plan.
Since 2010, representatives of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York have been making field trips to different regions across the state. On Monday its president, William Dudley, met with Plattsburgh business leaders to discuss North Country economic issues.
Lake Placid, the Olympic village in the heart of the Adirondacks, is in the midst of upgrading its infrastructure with its Main Street Reconstruction Project. Mayor Craig Randall, who just started his third and last four-year term — due to term limits — says the improvements will help deal with congestion that is normally seen in larger cities.
Republican Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he thinks it will be possible to reach an agreement with lawmakers on a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana ahead of next week's two-day session, in which the Legislature will act on the bills the governor has vetoed.
On a single night in January more than 1,200 people in Vermont were homeless. The annual Point in Time count of homelessness report issued this week found an overall increase across the state with some regional differences.
A new ethics law has been signed by Vermont Governor Phil Scott. The bill implements reforms and establishes an ethics commission. Advocates say they’re pleased to see such reforms implemented, but say overall it’s a weak measure.
Earlier this week, the Lake Placid village board approved the environmental review and findings from a public hearing related to eminent domain actions for an infrastructure project. It’s a move that the owner of the property says violates New York state’s eminent domain procedural laws.
Following dry and drought conditions last summer, Northeast farmers are facing the opposite challenge this growing season: a rainy, cool spring that has delayed the planting of corn and other crops and the first cutting of hay for livestock feed.
The Burlington City Council passed a budget Monday evening. In presenting his formal request for passage, the mayor said the plan includes strategic investments in public safety, infrastructure and sustainability — without resulting in a tax increase.
The North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada has been in effect for more than two decades. President Donald Trump has promised to renegotiate the deal. During a business expo in Plattsburgh last week, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley discovered that many businesses in the border region aren’t worried about the pending negotiations.
President Donald Trump announced on June 1st that his administration would pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord. The move was criticized not only by environmental activists but also business and municipal concerns. Earlier this week more than 200 members of the Climate Mayors coalition signed the U.S. Climate Alliance’s “We Are Still In” open letter to the global community. Among those in this region committing to support the Paris agreement is Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger. The Democrat says the letter is consistent with the city’s long-time position on the environment.