A bill making its way through the Vermont Legislature offers yet another example of government’s steady march toward regulating more of our economy and our lives. H.157 aims to establish state control over contractors who do residential construction.
We were told that legalizing pot would be fine in regard to youth use because the law says you have to be 21 to purchase the pot. The law says the same thing about cigarettes and vaping products. What’s the difference? Either such laws work, or they don’t.
Gov. Phil Scott has continued Vermont’s state of emergency status for another month even as a new survey shows nearly a third of the state’s businesses lost more than half of their income last year due to harsh restrictions on economic activity.
State leaders in New York appear to finally be ready to legalize online sports betting, but critics don’t care for the approach of having a likely high tax rate and state government monopoly.
Elected officials have largely fallen short of protecting small businesses nationwide throughout the pandemic, even as they have continued to impose devastating restrictions.
The state of Vermont will work with the 1,625 Vermont property owners with “red-tagged” fuel tanks — those requiring repair or replacement before fuel can be delivered — to ensure they do not suffer as the mercury drops, administration officials said.
For the hundreds of Vermonters who have already had their inspections and have received “red tags” indicating the need to replace or repair their fuel tanks, the no-fuel prohibition is in effect and will remain in effect until the work is done.
As late-October cold weather moves in, hundreds of Vermont home and property owners are forbidden to fill up their heating fuel tanks.
The state of Vermont has two separate “90% by 2050” energy goals. A new law makes learning those goals a condition of licensing for many of Vermont’s building construction and service professionals.
A new rule proposed by the Department of Labor could bring partial relief to businesses struggling to stay afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic fallout. It could also help millions of workers who are straining to maintain their livelihoods or attempting to find new ones.
If President Donald Trump replaces the deceased Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a conservative stalwart, then attempts to pull back on the president’s environmental regulatory rollbacks through the courts could be thwarted, some academics and legal experts say.
The present coronavirus emergency is far more pervasive than Irene, far more demanding of the health care system, and far more destructive of the state’s economy. Fortunately, the Legislature was in session when it arrived.