Broad New Chemical Regulations and Liabilities Proposed

Vermont businesses are expected to face a number of new chemical regulatory and legal liability proposals this legislative session.  These proposals could be contentious and controversial, and if enacted they could have significant impacts on Vermont manufacturers and retailers. The Senate Natural Resources Committee Thursday heard an overview of a recently filed working group report […]

$15 Minimum Wage Under Review

After an initial walk through last week, the House General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee is beginning to take testimony in earnest this week on proposals to increase Vermont’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.  Although there are two bills introduced to do so in the House, H.64 and H.93, the latter bill has the […]

Clean Water Debate Underway

Committees of jurisdiction are beginning to review in earnest the Treasurer’s Clean Water Report (click here) outlining funding needs and options for clean water initiatives and requirements across Vermont, particularly Lake Champlain and its basin. The report looks at options for more than $25 million in funding in each of the next two years, with […]

The Week Ahead in the State House

The following are selected items on committee calendars for the coming week that might be of interest to members.  Schedules are subject to change.  If you would like more in­formation on any of these issues or others of interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at Environmental Regulation.  The Senate Natural […]

New Legislation

The following are selected bills re­cently introduced in the Legislature that might be of interest to mem­bers.  The bill number and “official statement of purpose” are provided (please note, however, that “state­ments of purpose” are drafted by the bill’s sponsors and might not accu­rately reflect the bill’s content or im­pact).  Click on the bill number […]

Vermont Labor Market

The Vermont Department of Labor announced that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for December was 3.1 percent. This reflects a decrease of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised November rate (3.2 percent). The national rate in December was 4.7 percent. As of the prior month’s initial data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was […]

Governor Scott’s Budget Address

The following is the press release regarding Governor Scott’s Budget Address.  The text of the address and other information is linked below. For Immediate Release Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Contact: Rebecca Kelley  802-622-4047 GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT DELIVERS FIRST BUDGET ADDRESS  Presents balanced budget that makes key investments in economic development, education, housing and clean water   […]