Trade and Transportation Update | Member Contribution

The following is provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer Update on the ongoing ILWU strike New Tentative Labor Deal Reached in Canadian Port Negotiations On Sunday, July 30th, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union of Canada (ILWU) and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) announced a tentative labor agreement through the assistance of the […]

Deadlines for Upcoming Vermont and Federal Tax Filings Extended for Businesses and Others Impacted by Flooding

The Vermont Department of Taxes will extend Vermont tax deadlines for Vermonters impacted by the severe flooding of July 2023. Taxpayers impacted by flooding and unable to meet Vermont tax deadlines between July 7, 2023, and November 15, 2023, will now have until November 15, 2023, to file and pay taxes. Taxpayers impacted by the […]

Clean Heat Standard Bill, Increasing Costs for Heating and Industrial and Commercial Processing Fuel, Passes House

The House Friday voted for final passage of S.5, requiring the development of a Clean Heat Standard program and related rules and regulations for review by the Legislature for approval of implementation in 2025.  For a review of the bill and related concerns, especially fuel cost impacts for manufacturers and other commercial and industrial customers, […]

Child Care and Early Education Legislation Requiring Significant Tax Increases under Consideration in the House

S.56, legislation that would significantly increase spending on child care worker salaries and related subsidies, and require significant tax increases to pay for this, has been under review in three House committees after passing the Senate.  It is currently in the House Education Committee after having passed through the House Human Services Committee to review […]

Changes to Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Insurance Under Review

The Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee is working on legislation that could increase costs for workers’ compensation while studying changes to UI that could also impact costs.  The Committee is reviewing two bills passed by the House, H.55 and H.217.  These particular bills are not themselves concerning – following testimony by AIV […]

Clean Heat Standard Legislation Advances, Cost Risks for Manufacturers and Other Customers Not Addressed

The House Environment and Energy Committee Thursday passed out S.5, which would create a Clean Heat Standard program, developed by the Public Utility Commission by 2025, under which fossil fuel sellers (those who initially own the fuel imported into Vermont for sale) would have to purchase tradable credits in order to sell non-highway transportation fuels.  […]

Paid Family and Medical Leave – Path Uncertain in the Senate

H.66, the House bill imposing mandatory paid family and medical leave, remains in the Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee.  For a reminder on the very expansive, and expensive, key provisions of the House bill, click here for a summary of the bill as passed by the House.  The start up costs of […]

Expansive Mandatory Paid Leave Bill Being Rushed Through the House

The House Ways and Means Committee is poised to pass out H.66, imposing mandatory paid family leave and expanding unpaid leave mandates to all employers, after the Legislature returns from the upcoming Town Meeting Week break.  The Committee leadership appears determined to move the bill after they return on March 14 without fully examining and […]