Category Archives: Economy

Leahy, Sanders, and other Senators decry USDA decision to exclude breeding animals from Coronavirus relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The USDA has decided to exclude breeding animals when determining the amount of financial assistance to be provided to farmers under the second Coronavirus Food Assistance Program…

Healthy Roots Collaborative receives $10,000 donation to promote local food security

SWANTON – Franklin County struggles as one of the most economically depressed regions of Vermont – a fact only made worse by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic shut-downs. But in spite…

Gov. Scott Extends COVID-19 ‘State of Emergency’ to September 15

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced that the COVID-19 State of Emergency has been extended to September 15, 2020 (link is external), as well as additional local discretion…

Back-to-School 2020: Teachers and School Officials Raise Concerns Over Mixed Signals and Dangers Facing Teachers and Students.

As public schools across the United States prepare for a return to school this fall, teachers and school officials have raised concerns over mixed signals and conflicting data about the…

Vermont National Guard provides food relief during COVID-19 crisis

Beginning in April, 2020, the Vermont National Guard provided support for food relief efforts across the state in conjunction with the Vermont Food Bank. In response to the humanitarian crisis…

The Return of the “Debtors Prisons?” Across the U.S. people are being arrested and forced to work to pay off debt

Across the United States, low-income and working-class people in debt are being increasingly targeted by legislation introduced by state governments forcing Americans to work for as little as $10 per…

Parent company of Maplefields among other gasoline distributors settles $100M ‘price-fixing’ suit for $1.5M

A group of Vermont gasoline distributors accused of illegal price-fixing has settled a class-action lawsuit for $1.5million. The Burlington weekly Seven Days reports that RL Vallee, owner of the Maplefields…

After 8 Consecutive Months of Unemployment, VT DOL Data Suggests Unemployment may be stabilizing

The Vermont Department of Labor has issued a report noting that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state has remained steady at 2.1 percent since last month. This comes…

Billionaire Opioid ‘Kingpin’ John Kapoor, Founder of Insys Therapeutics Guilty of Conspiracy and Racketeering

BOSTON – The first pharmaceutical industry leader to be prosecuted for crimes related to the growing opioid epidemic has been convicted in Boston. A jury found John Kapoor, founder of…

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb to resign

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb announced in a letter to staff on Tuesday that he will be resigning his post. Gottlieb states that the reason for his sudden departure is…