Governor Scott’s Budget Address

The following is from the Administration’s press release.  The full text of the address is below. Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today delivered his fourth budget address, presenting a balanced budget that limits spending growth to a total of just two percent across all funds and does not raise taxes or service fees paid […]

The Week Ahead in Committees | For the Week of January 20

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  You and also review full agendas […]

Act 250 Reform Rebooted?

After being bogged down with a wide ranging Act 250 reform proposal last year, the House Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife Committee has started working through a new proposal developed in negotiations between the Administration and VNRC.  Still broad in scope, the proposal includes more positive provisions proposed by the Administration, while also containing a […]

Updated | Mandatory Carbon Reductions? 

The House Energy and Technology Committee is considering legislation that would set mandatory greenhouse gas reduction targets for the state.  The proposal raises serious concerns about whether the goals can be achieved by reasonable policies that would avoid undue economic harm, and what the consequences could be if draconian policies are required to be implemented […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of April 8

U.S. Democrats seek up to $2 trillion to invest in aging infrastructure.  Reuters 4/11 “Democratic leaders in Congress said on Thursday they would seek President Donald Trump’s support in coming weeks for legislation to invest up to $2 trillion to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, including roads, bridges and schools. . . .” AI in Manufacturing: Nascent, […]

UPDATED | New Legislation

The following are bills introduced in the Legislature this year that might be of particular interest to members, with first the House bills and then the Senate bills.  Click on the bill number for more about texts, sponsors, procedural history, and other information.  Keep in mind that the statements of purpose provided below are part […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of November 12

Manufacturing Production Rose in October to the Highest Level in More than 10 Years.  Shopfloor 11/16 “According to the Federal Reserve, manufacturing production increased by 0.3 percent in October, rising for the fifth straight month to its highest level since June 2008. . . .” Exclusive: China offer unlikely to spur major trade breakthrough – […]

Rules & Instructions Governing Overweight and Over Dimension Vehicle Permits

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles undertook a review of DMV administrative rule #25 titled Rules and Instructions Governing Overweight and Over Dimension Vehicle Permits. New permits will not be issued, current permits will be honored. Below are the new rule changes that are effective 09/21/2018: SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND HOLIDAY RESTRICTIONS: Travel with gross loads […]

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 […]