city of St. Albans was just approved by the state for the latest tax increment
financing district. Other
communities are interested in districts of their own, but state law limits how
many there can be. So Gov. Peter Shumlin wants the Legislature to add more
A Tax Increment Financing District is a complicated financial
tool that helps towns invest in their infrastructure and promote
economic development. But recent state audits of TIF districts reveal disagreement on the regulations that govern them.
Having a part-time citizen
legislature – rather than a full time professional one – is one of the
hallmarks of Vermont politics and culture. We look at the pros and cons of
having citizen lawmakers – and how it affects the atmosphere at the Statehouse.