New Legislation

The following are selected bills re­cently cleared for introduction 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 […]

The Week Ahead in the State House | Week of January 29

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 info@aivt.org.  You can also review full […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of January 8

US Lawmakers Facing Deadlines for Budget, Immigration Deals.  Voice of America 1/11 “U.S. lawmakers are running short on time to agree on a plan to fund the government and achieve a bipartisan immigration deal.  The budget battle could lead to a government shutdown next week, and Democrats in Congress want any funding agreement to include […]

UPDATED | New Legislation

The following are selected bills re­cently cleared for introduction 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 […]

National Manufacturing Indicators

December 2017 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business (ISM) Monthly Full Report on Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders November 2017 (US Census Bureau) US International Trade in Goods and Services November 2017 (US Census Bureau) Monthly Construction Spending November 2017 (US Census Bureau) 2017 Fourth Quarter Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey (NAM)

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of January 1

U.S. job growth cools as labor market nears full employment; wages up.  Reuters 1/5 “U.S. job growth slowed more than expected in December amid a decline in retail employment, but a pick-up in monthly wage gains pointed to labor market strength that could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates in […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of December 25

U.S. Economic Confidence Index Up Slightly.  Gallup 12/26 “Americans’ confidence in the economy improved slightly in the final days leading up to Christmas, with Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index registering +8 for the week ending Dec. 24. This is up from +4 the week prior but similar to the +7 recorded for the same pre-Christmas […]

Vermont Labor Market

The Vermont Department of Labor announced that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for November was 2.9 percent. This reflects no change from the revised October rate. The national rate in November was 4.1 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was tied for the ninth lowest unemployment rate in […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of December 11

U.S. industrial production posts third gain in a in November row as factories hum.  MarketWatch 12/15 “The numbers: Industrial production in the U.S. rose 0.2% in November to mark the third straight advance. . . .” How to Engage a Union Workforce: One CEO’s Lessons.  Gallup 12/14 “In 2007, the 5,000 union employees of DTE […]