Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium has been in disrepair for years. Last fall, the Public Works Department and city engineers began inspecting its leaking roof, cracked support beams and rusty steel girders. The mayor’s office has now confirmed that the city engineer deems the building unsafe for use or occupancy.
Less than a month after Vermont’s fiscal year 2017 budget went into effect, state economists told administration and legislative leaders a downgrade would be necessary. While the adjustment is described as minor, critics say it’s another example of the state’s overspending.
It is an annual meeting that brings together government, institutional, environmental, and business advocates to find solutions to issues of common interest across the Adirondacks. The 10th annual Common Ground Alliance meeting last week reviewed a number of issues that could help the economy and environment within the Blue Line.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took the stage of the Democratic National Convention Monday, closing an historic long-shot campaign for the White House. Vermont’s delegates had an emotional evening as their home-state champion urged unity behind Hillary Clinton.
An analysis by The Associated Press finds that while women in the U.S. remain significantly underrepresented at all levels of elected office Vermont stands out for its state Legislature, Maine for longevity and New Hampshire for women in all levels of government.
Burlington’s mayor and the developer of an old electric generating facility on the city’s waterfront have agreed to cancel a development agreement. But the New Moran Inc. is being given a final chance to present a feasible project even as the mayor begins to assess other potential developers or destruction of the building.
Following the summer Adirondack Challenge in Indian Lake this past weekend, Governor Cuomo’s office issued a report on the impact tourism has on New York’s economy. In the regional breakdown, the report found there was more than $1.3 billion in traveler spending in the Adirondack region in 2015.
On Tuesday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an executive order to give preference in awarding state contracts to businesses in the state that adopt climate friendly business practices. Following the formal signing of the document in South Burlington, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley discussed several issues with the governor — including his concerns over the passage of legislation by Congress last week and expectations that President Obama will sign a bill that will override Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law.
Vermont finished fiscal 2016 last month slightly below its revenue target for the year. But spending also was lower than projected, so the state's top budget officer says Vermont won't have to dip into any reserve funds.
In 1990, Congress passed the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act, creating the Lake Champlain Basin Program. It is charged with coordinating water quality programs to restore and protect Lake Champlain with partners in Vermont, Quebec and New York.
On Monday, Dr. Eric Howe will become the new Program Director of the Basin Program following the retirement of Bill Howland. Howe, an environmental scientist, worked at the Darin Freshwater Institute and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation before joining the Basin program in 2009 as its Technical Coordinator. He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he wants to lead the bi-national and bi-state watershed protection program.
The U.S. House has passed and sent to the president legislation that will pre-empt Vermont’s newly effective GMO labeling law and replace it with what some consumer activists say is a weaker national standard.