Private investors are lining up to revitalize depressed Vermont cities and towns, thanks to the Opportunity Zone section of the 2017 federal tax reform. Championed by Sen. Corey Booker, the Opportunity Zones give a capital gains tax break to investors. Projects are known to be proposed for Springfield, Barre, Burlington and Bennington, which are among the 16 opportunity zones in Vermont.
Kevin Ellis, an influential, long-time Vermont State House lobbyist and board member of the Vermont Journalism Trust that oversees VT Digger, joins Burlington City Councilor Perri Freeman in saying Vermont should stopping the practice of police carrying weapons. Just put 'em in the trunk, he suggests in his August 28 "Conflict of Interest" blog post.Read more
First, while in Iowa, Joe Biden confused Burlington, Iowa with Burlington, Vermont. Then when he was in Keene NH, he said he was in Vermont.
Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger calls a city councilor's plan to disarm police "quite unrealistic." Undeterred, Progressive Councilor Perri Freeman says she will present her plan to a new city policing advisory board.Read more
Burlington's homeless people can't hang out in City Hall Park while it undergoes a reno. Instead, some spend their days on Church Street, which some store owners don't like much.Read more
It was 1965, the year the upstart Minnesota Twins defeated the LA Dodgers in the World Series, the War in Vietnam was just heating up, and the manned lunar landing was still four years away, that someone optimistically drew up the plans for the Burlington's Champlain Parkway.
A man who has passed out Klu Klux Klan literature in Vermont is wanted by police for an alleged assault at the Burlington bus station this week. He used a "small glass pipe" as a weapon, police say. Maybe another pot-smoking white supremacist, like Dylan Roof and many others?
Progressive Burlington City Councilor Perri Freeman suggested at a recent city council meeting that police officers be sent out on routine patrol without guns.Read more
Burlington City Council voted unanimously Monday night against siting the F-35 fighter at the air base in South Burlington. The resolution is not binding and the jets will arrive shortly. Last minute stand on principle, or "safe" political move?Read more