October Declared Manufacturing Month

Click on the link below for the Governor’s proclamation designating October 2018 as Manufacturing Month in Vermont, recognizing the important part the manufacturing sector plays in Vermont’s economy. 18-111 Manufacturing Month

ACTION ALERT | Demonstration of Interest in Energy Savings Account Pilot

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Public Service, and Efficiency Vermont are working to shape the Energy Savings Account Pilot Program that AIV supported in legislation passed earlier this year to utilize the Electric Efficiency Charge (EEC) differently. The pilot aims to increase the return on investment to our industrial customers, expand […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of September 24

US, Canada reach NAFTA deal.  The Hill 9/30 “The U.S. and Canada have reached a deal on an updated North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after negotiators in Washington and Ottawa worked furiously into the night to meet a self-imposed midnight Sunday deadline. . . .” Manufacturers Need Action to End the Unfair Postal Subsidy. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vermont Labor Market

The Department of Labor announced that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for August was 2.8%. This reflects no change from the revised July rate. The national rate in August was 3.9%. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was tied for the nineteenth lowest unemployment rate in the country for […]

UPDATE | Status of Major Chemical Legislation

The following are updates on the status of key chemical related legislation addressed in recent posts.  Links are provided to recent posts with more substantive information.  Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@aivt.org for more information or to discuss options for engaging on these issues directly.  Also see this post on the related […]

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 […]

UPDATE & ALERT | Status of Extended Producer Responsibility for Household Products

The House Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife Committee reviewed a new version of H.560, addressing household products containing a hazardous substance, Thursday. The current draft can be reviewed by clicking here.  It would impose sweeping extended producer responsibility/product stewardship mandates on any manufacturer selling a broad scope of household products containing a hazardous substance.  The […]

UPDATE | Status of Minimum Wage Increase

The Senate last week voted out S.40 to increase the minimum wage.  The bill is expected to be referred to the House General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee this week.  Members are strongly encouraged to contact Representatives in opposition to the bill, which would be the third significant overhaul and increase in the base minimum […]