Steve and Anne Marie Havel thought they were in heaven when they moved to Vermont 10 years ago. They liked the state’s politics, the rural
lifestyle, the environmental ethic, all the alternative ways in which people make
a living; practically everything about the state appealed to them. Now,
on the 10th anniversary of their move, the Havels
are questioning the wisdom of some of their choices. They weren’t prepared for how hard it would be
to get by.
A new economic report says it’s going to take another six months before Vermont’s economy shows solid signs of a recovery. But the report predicts that recovery will come because of several positive economic indicators.
By some analysis, Vermont is among the states enjoying the strongest economic
recovery. But what factors go into that data, and does it make a
difference to how people feel about their economic security?