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Community Forum: Best approach is cuts, fewer taxes

Posted on May 10, 2015 |
By Peter Shumlin



This week’s writer is Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.

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Economic development pitches to be heard in Middlebury

Posted on March 11, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC) announces that Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is coming to Middlebury to hear from Addison County businesses, educators, students, local governments, social service agencies and others about prospects for improving Vermont’s economy.

Scott has been hosting a series of what he calls “economic pitch sessions” around the state, at which people present their ideas for economic prosperity.

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Guest editorial: Make economic growth in Vermont a priority

Posted on January 30, 2015 |
By Betsy Bishop



With a projected $100 million budget gap, the governor and lawmakers must grapple with difficult spending and revenue decisions during the 2015 legislative session. In recent years, Vermont has closed its annual budget gap using a combination of one-time funds and unexpected revenue growth. Unfortunately, federal funds have stopped and state revenues are lagging making these strategies unlikely. However, there is another solution: The governor and lawmakers could make economic growth a priority.

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Guest Editorial: Will free-market capitalism survive our abuse of it?

Posted on October 20, 2014 |
By Bill Schubart



This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.

There’s some discussion these days about the survival of free-market capitalism. Conservatives believe it suffers from too much regulation and taxation, while liberals believe it needs more of both.

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County House candidates to debate economy in Vergennes

Posted on October 9, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — An Oct. 15 debate on economic issues has been scheduled for the 14 candidates in contested Addison County elections for the Vermont House of Representatives.

The public is invited to the Vergennes Opera House at 7 p.m. this coming Wednesday for an event scheduled to last 90 minutes.

The co-sponsors of the event, the Addison County Economic Development Corp. (ACEDC) and Vision to Action Vermont (V2AVT.org), are referring to it as a forum.

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Community Forum: Consider what Vt. needs before voting

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By Bruce Lisman



This week’s writer is Bruce Lisman of Shelburne, a native Vermonter who founded Campaign for Vermont following a career in the financial services industry. Campaign for Vermont is an independent policy and advocacy organization.

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Vergennes makes river basin, business, infrastructure key priorities

Posted on April 21, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — About 100 Vergennes-area residents gathered at the Vergennes Opera House on Wednesday and pledged — with the help of the Vermont Council on Rural Development — to improve the city’s economic climate, Otter Creek river basin, and transportation infrastructure.

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Community Forum: Vermont's economy is showing progress

Posted on March 21, 2014 |
By Community Forum: Vermont's economy is showing progress



This week’s writers are Annie Noonan, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor and Lisa Gosselin, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development. Gosselin is married to Addison Independentpublisher Angelo Lynn.

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Opinion: Unemployment, population growth are tricky problems

Posted on February 17, 2014 |
By Dave Van Vleck



Editor’s note: This letter was written in reply to a letter in the Burlington Free Press (Jan. 9, Page 2c), in which University of Vermont economics professor Art Woolf proposed that Vermont increase its population in order to decrease unemployment.?

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Panel looks at what drives the Addison County economy

Posted on March 11, 2013 |
By Bruce Lisman



MIDDLEBURY — Agriculture is one of the key supports in the economy of Addison County.

Middlebury dairy farmer Bob Foster was part of a four-member panel organized and moderated by Bruce Lisman of the Campaign for Vermont, or CFV, that spent the snowy evening of Feb. 19 at the Ilsley Library discussing how to improve economic security and prosperity for everyone.

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