The Week Ahead in Committees | Week of April 8

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 […]

UPDATED | Action Alert | Round Up of Key Chemical Bills

Four major bills addressing chemical regulatory issues of interest to Vermont manufacturers are currently or soon to be under review in House committees following action in the Senate.  Members are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with these bills and to contact us at for more updates and information about options for engaging with legislators. […]

Initial Carbon Tax, Other Tax Increases Pass House

On Wednesday, the House passed the first version of a carbon tax in H.439, which increases the tax on the retail sale of heating oil, propane, kerosene, and other dyed diesel fuel delivered to a residence or business from $0.2 to $0.4, and increases the tax on the retail sale of natural gas from 0.75% […]

Action Alert | Mandatory Paid Family Leave On the House Floor

H.107, imposing mandatory paid family leave, is currently in the House Appropriations Committee, which is expected to approve the bill early next week and it is expected to come to the House floor Wednesday or Thursday.  The bill is expected to follow the recommendations of the House Ways and Means Committee, which modified a number […]

Action Alert | Draft Reissuance and Amendment to Construction General Permit 3-9020

ANR is proposing to issue a general permit for stormwater runoff from construction sites.  The draft permit is referred to as General Permit 3-9020 (2019). On September 13, 2006, the Agency issued General Permit 3-9020 (2006) for Stormwater Construction Runoff from Construction Sites.  In February 2008, the Agency amended General Permit 3-9020 to the current […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of March 18

Casting a Wide Net to Attract Manufacturing Talent.  IndustryWeek 3/21 “The light is a little too dim for Carolyn Lee, executive director of the  Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM.) She wants the industry to shine a brighter light on itself and attract the recognition it deserves. . . .” U.S. labor market solid; manufacturing […]

Vermont Labor Market

The Vermont Department of Labor released data on the Vermont economy for the time period covering February 2019. According to household data, the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for February was 2.4%. This reflects a decrease of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised January rate. The current estimate of 8,436 unemployed Vermonters is the […]

New Stormwater Permitting Rule Effective March 15

The new Stormwater Permitting Rule has been adopted and will go into effect on March 15.  The final adopted rule and associated information are available at  As of March 15 the Chapter 18 Stormwater Management Rule will be repealed, and the Chapter 22 Stormwater Rule will be amended to be the new Stormwater Permitting […]

98th AIV Annual Meeting | Energy and Vermont’s Economy: Challenges and Responses for Competitiveness

98th AIV Annual Meeting _______________________________ Energy and Vermont’s Economy Challenges and Responses for Competitiveness _______________________________    Friday, March 8   |   Capitol Plaza, Montpelier _______________________________ AIV’s annual meeting is a premier forum for addressing critical economic issues facing Vermont, bringing together leaders from across business and public sectors, and we are holding our 98th Annual Meeting March 8 at […]

ACTION ALERT | Legal and Financial Liabilities Related to Chemicals

S.37 is currently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which could act on the bill as soon as this coming Tuesday, February 26.  AIV and other stakeholders have provided testimony, and will continue to engage the Committee on this bill. As reported previously, S.37 contains provisions addressing legal and financial liability provisions that had been included […]