On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of September 17

With its last easy decision, Fed will try to avoid adding fuel to the fire.  MarketWatch 9/24 “Ask any Wall Street economist if the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at its September meeting and the answer is “of course.”  “For now, the FOMC appears comfortable with quarterly rate hikes,” said Michael Gapen, chief U.S. economist […]

UPDATE & ACTION ALERT | Energy Efficiency Costs | Proposed Pilot for Company Control over Own Efficiency Funding at Stake      

The House Energy and Technology Company continued testimony and debate this week over whether to include language in H.739, originally introduced to add productivity investments to qualifying investments under the existing Self-Managed Energy Efficiency Program (SMEEP), to also implement a three year pilot program for more robust and flexible program for companies that don’t otherwise […]

PUBLIC COMMENT | Impact of Federal Regulations, Model for Feedback on State Regulations

The Trump Administration issued a presidential memorandum in January on permit streamlining and reducing regulatory burdens for manufacturers (click here for the memorandum). Today, the federal Department of Commerce published a Request for Information. Click here for the RFI. Specifically, the request is for information on how the “construction, operation and expansion of domestic manufacturing […]

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   […]

Action Alert | Independent Contractors: Long Overdue Reforms Introduced, but Organized Labor Mobilizing to Kill Legislation

Last week, after final negotiations and unanimous approval the previous week and testimony over much of the legislative session, the House Commerce Committee introduced H.867, making a number of reforms to employee classification and related statutes. The bill draws upon provisions and principles in H.773 and H.378, and was shaped in large part through negotiations […]

Vermont Department of Labor Seeks Public Comment on Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Vermont Department of Labor is seeking public comment and to engage stakeholders in the dialogue about the changes to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Department is soliciting ideas and feedback for the state’s WIOA Unified Plan. According to the draft plans’ opening Overview: The State of Vermont is submitting this […]