by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org Two years ago, Governor Peter Shumlin was riding high on a wave of popularity. The governor’s approval rating was 65.1 percent in the spring of 2012 as the election season began, thanks in no small part to the successes of his first term in office.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s unemployment rate is now second lowest in the nation, behind only North Dakota (2.6 percent). Driven by an increase in jobs and a steep decline in the number of unemployed, Vermont's unemployment rate fell again in March to 3.4 percent, a level not seen since well before the national economy collapsed in 2008. This is the lowest Vermont seasonally adjusted unemployment rate since June 2005. The March rate represents a decrease of three-tenths of a percent from the February rate of 3.7 percent.
by Anne Galloway vtdigger.org A Senate panel endorsed a new minimum wage proposal Friday that would phase in increases over a four-year period. The bill, H552, which was approved in a unanimous 5-0 vote, would increase the minimum wage to $9.15 in January 2015 (or nearly a dollar less per hour than the House version); $9.60 in January 2016; $10 in January 2017 and $10.50 in 2018. It heads next to the full Senate.
A state employee allegedly crafted an elaborate check-cashing scheme and embezzled at least $75,000 from the state, Governor Peter Shumlin announced Friday.
State police Friday arrested Office of Risk Management employee Lisa Peduzzi and charged her with multiple charges of Embezzlement by a Public Official.
So far investigators have uncovered 19 incidents in 2013 and 2014 in which Peduzzi, a claims investigator who worked in the risk management office of the Agency of Administration, allegedly wrote state checks to buy cars, boats, guitars and jewelry.