Thursday was the deadline for candidates to file their post-election campaign finance reports with the Vermont Secretary of State's office. They indicate that incumbents spent far less than challengers and that Political Action Committees were not very successful in getting their candidates elected in the state.
The head of Fairpoint Communications in Vermont is trying to stop seniors from being bilked by fighting back against phone scammers.
Fairpoint Communications Vermont State President Mike Smith is redoubling his efforts against phone scammers after Fairpoint’s internal security team and a York County, Maine law enforcement official alerted him to a call that had been recorded, and is now using as part of a public awareness campaign.
Office workers at the University of Vermont have voted against union representation.
They voted 443-189 Wednesday against joining the union, defeating an effort by University Staff Union-NEA to represent clerical, administrative, technical and specialist employees.
The balloting followed a September election in which the employees voted in favor of union representation, but failed to give a majority to either of two competing unions. University Staff Union-NEA received more votes than rival United Staff, so it advanced to the election.
The Vermont Human Rights Commission has filed suit against the state over alleged gender discrimination it said showed up in a female Department of Corrections employee being paid significantly less than a man in the same job.
The commission said Thursday it had joined Lynne Silloway, an administrative services coordinator with the Corrections Department, in suing that department and the Department of Human Resources.
There's still no definitive word on how much Vermont can expect in federal help with recovery from Tropical Storm Irene.
Deputy Administration Secretary Michael Clasen told a legislative committee on Thursday that it's expected to be January before the state can expect a firm answer.
Officials in the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin expressed confidence earlier this year that FEMA would cover up to 90 percent of the estimated $120 million in costs tied to recovery from the storm in late August of last year.
The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers want to expand the federal Clean Water Act by changing the definition of “Waters of the U.S.”. A variety of groups in New York State are opposed to the move, saying it will harm New York’s economy and environment.
California has debuted a new cap-and-trade program that auctions greenhouse gas pollution permits. While there has been a lot of attention regarding the California program, there has been a similar program in place in the Northeast for several years.