Vermont not meeting its recycling goals

Vermont is still not meeting its goal of recycling and composting half its waste, according to a new report from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Incubator teaches student entrepreneurs at college

Thirteen Middlebury College students are spending their January term learning about entrepreneurship from the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, a Burlington business incubator. 

Storm hammers animal sanctuary

After losing their income during the COVID-19 pandemic, selling their former farm sanctuary in Benson and starting over in Middlebury this year, Erika and Mark Butel felt like they finally had their feet on the ground. 

New help offered for home weatherization projects

A new program announced last week will add to a suite of incentives available to Vermonters who want to weatherproof their homes. 

Grants offered for water quality projects

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board is offering grants as large as $40,000 to farmers for projects that help protect water quality.

Vermont minimum wage set to rise

Vermont’s minimum wage will increase by 63 cents per hour on the first day of 2023, the Vermont Department of Labor announced last week.

Scott signs pact for family leave

Three years after Gov. Phil Scott first signed a contract with state employees that would provide them with paid family and medical leave and anchor a voluntary program for other employers in Vermont, the Republican governor has announced that his adminis … (read more)

Vermont eyes gas vehicle ban

State regulators are on the cusp of adopting a rule that would push Vermont’s market for new passenger cars to all-electric in a little more than a decade.

Local students join in the snowplow-naming fun

Snowdemort, Snowbe Bryant and many more newly named snowplows will join the 163 previously named plows on the roads in Vermont’s upcoming blizzards.

Opioid deaths already outpacing last year’s record numbers

Last year, Vermont recorded the highest number of opioid overdose deaths the state has ever seen — 210. This year could bring worse news if the latest numbers are any indication.

In run for U.S. House, Madden takes on ‘broken’ 2-party system

In a rare open race for Vermont’s lone seat in the U.S. House, Republican nominee Liam Madden is an unlikely contender.

Bivalent vaccine numbers are lagging

About 26,000 Vermonters have gotten the Omicron booster, putting the state on a slower pace than previous booster campaigns, according to data from the state Department of Health.

Loan forgiveness criteria changes

On Sept. 30, Hannah Regier called the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, the state’s nonprofit lender, seeking information about student loan relief. 

Siegel challenges Scott’s record at debate

Facing off at a Sept. 29 debate in Burlington, Republican Gov. Phil Scott and his Democratic challenger, Brenda Siegel, offered voters two dramatically different narratives of Vermont’s political and economic trajectory. 

Program to help Vermont businesses

Another program is launching to help Vermont businesses that are short on operating funds because of the COVID-19 pandemic.