Counties from which travelers are permitted to enter Vermont without quarantining (labeled teal), as of July 9. Via Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
There’s a million things that can’t be predicted about the coronavirus, as it continues to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy and dominates political campaigning this summer. But Harry Holzer, a labor economist at Georgetown University, knows one thing for sure: There is hardship ahead for people who lost their hospitality industry jobs in March and will eventually need public assistance. “If this goes on for months or years — and a lot of those restaurants, already the margins were pretty tight — they might just throw in the towel,” said Holzer, who focuses his research on the low-wage labor...
It’s time Vermont’s Democrats urge Gov. Phil Scott to open Vermont’s economic spigot a bit faster, even significantly faster. The onus falls on the Democratic leadership because Scott appears afraid of the political risks if he makes the call on his own.  Here’s the political calculus: If Scott were to lead the state into an aggressive re-opening of the business community and the state experienced any level of virus resurgence (which is bound to happen to some degree), he would be skewered by any Democratic opponent for committing such a travesty. If he plays it too safe (as he is now), he...
BRISTOL — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., this past Wednesday announced that Bristol will get a half-million dollars in federal funds to advance a plan to build a business park in town.  It was one of two Vermont economic development projects to be awarded significant infusions of federal funds; the other is in Gilman on the Connecticut River.  In the Fiscal Year 2019 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Leahy — the vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee — authored a unique partnership between the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) and the U.S. Economic Development...
From mid-September to mid-October, Vermont’s Green Mountains transform into a vibrant landscape of gold, red, yellow and orange. It’s the ultimate fall foliage destination, with over one million visitors traveling to Vermont in the month of October alone. Here they capture memories while enjoying Vermont specialty products and attractions with mountain vistas, picturesque lakes, classic New England villages and countryside ablaze with color. While Vermont tourism is thriving and our brand is strong, visitor impacts go beyond lifetime memories and Instagrammable moments; last year, visitors...

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