Vermont’s unemployment rate is down two-tenths of a percent this month. One group says state's job market isn't improving as fast as it might appear.
The Vermont Department of Labor reports that the state unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in April, well below the national unemployment rate of 8.1 percent. Economic and Labor Market Information Chief Mathew Barewicz says it continues a trend.
Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders says he’s “extremely disappointed” that the chairman of the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced his resignation. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more….
Sanders reacted Monday to news of Gregory Jaczko’s departure by saying he has appreciated the chairman’s recognition that the NRC’s job is not to promote nuclear power, but to be a strong safety regulator.
The mail processing plant operated by the U.S. Postal Service in White River Junction will remain open, saving 245 jobs. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…
Senators Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy and U.S. Representative Peter Welch announced on Thursday that the postal service plant, which earlier had been threatened with closure, will remain open under legislation the Vermont delegation championed.
Sanders says keeping the center open will help ensure good postal service in Vermont…
Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law the next step in a multi-year effort to revamp Vermont’s health care system and make it more like Canada’s. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…
The bill Shumlin signed on Wednesday calls for setting up a regulated health care marketplace — or "exchange" — in keeping with the federal health reform law passed two years ago.
The Governor says it helps the state as it tries to move to a single payer system…
Shortly after noon on Wednesday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law the nation's first statewide ban on the natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
Governor Peter Shumlin signed H.464 to ban the drilling method. Lawmakers had considered a moratorium, but after testimony and debate, moved a bill forward to ban the practice. Governor Shumlin says it’s a critical move to protecting a critical resource.
The Plattsburgh Public Library kicks off its Summer Reading Program today. It’s part of a statewide effort to get more children to read.
The New York State Library is part of a consortium between most states that have pooled resources to create a summer reading program for children. New York State Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian Jeffrey Cannell says it’s critical that reading skills be maintained.
Vermont's top fiscal officer says the state's General Fund took in $10.6 million more than expected last month, making it possible for the state to end the fiscal year with a surplus. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…
Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding said general fund revenues were 6.3 percent ahead of expectations.
So far this fiscal year, general fund revenues are four-tenths of one percent ahead of expectations.
Spaulding says the results were largely because of strong corporate income tax filings.
The U.S. Air Force is considering five sites across the country to host their new generation of fighter jets. One of its preferred sites is the National Guard base in South Burlington, Vermont. Both supporters and opponents packed a hearing last night to voice their opinions on the plan.
The Vermont Attorney General's office has received approval to hire a special investigator to target child pornography cases. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…
Cindy Maguire of the attorney general's office tells the Bennington Banner that person will be devoted to building cases against people generating or sharing child pornography over peer-to-peer networks.
The FUND for Lake George has issued a report calling for mandatory controls to prevent the spread of invasive species into that Adirondack lake.
The not-for-profit group released the report Thursday calling for mandatory boat inspections and decontamination programs before allowing boats onto Lake George. The intent is to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, according to FUND For Lake George Executive Director Peter Bauer.
The largest solar installation in the city of Burlington is now on-line and has been dedicated by the state’s Episcopal Diocese. The 35 solar trackers were installed at the Rock Point School, a small boarding school owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont. The 147 kilowatt array will provide about 66-percent of the power for the campus.
Vermont lawmakers have completed the arduous process of redrawing legislative district maps for the next 10 years. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…
Reapportionment happens once a decade to accommodate shifts in population, and in keeping with those shifts during the past decade, Burlington is gaining a House seat, while Rutland County is losing one. Other changes are being made as well.
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch was at Vermont’s largest university Monday to hear students’ debt and loan concerns. The federal Stafford Student Loan interest rate will double on July first if Congress does not pass a measure to stop the increase. Vermont’s sole Congressman was at the University of Vermont to compile stories from students about their debt.
Members of the U.S. House and Senate, led by Illinois Senator Richard Durbin and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, held a conference call recently with Postmasters across the country to discuss legislative efforts in Congress to protect the postal service.