leaders at the Statehouse prepare to debate
whether to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use, city and town officials
across Vermont are grappling with how to handle the prospect of medical
dispensaries coming to their community.
owners in the state who were especially hard hit by Irene remain in a sort of
financial limbo. They were the first accepted into FEMA’s hazard mitigation
buyout program – but they are all still waiting for the money. It’s a delay
that’s pushed many to the breaking point, including Brandon residents Linda
Bunn and Mary McManus.
As many prepare for the holidays, dozens of homeowners affected
by Tropical Storm Irene are still waiting for the funds they need to get back
on their feet. In Vermont, the
Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved buyouts of 81 properties,
but none of the owners has gotten any money yet.
Energizer expects a decrease in the demand for its batteries, so the company plans to
shutter its St. Albans plant in September. The drop in demand may be a good
sign for the environment, but it’s been a shock for a community that has come
to rely on those jobs.
Voters in Vermont’s largest city will decide on Tuesday whether to
support a $9 million fiscal stability bond. Burlington Mayor
Miro Weinberger has proposed the ballot item to essentially refinance the
city’s debt, but the new mayor is seeing some new opposition from a
conservative super PAC.