Next Round with Fairpoint

The AP is reporting on emergency hearings held yesterday by the VT and NH public service boards concerning the impending Verizon-Fairpoint sale.  The sale was earlier approved over concerns that Fairpoint does not have the financial capacity to aquire and run the landlines in New England owned by Fairpoint. These…

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Affordability and Housing

The Vermont Housing Council and the Vermont Housing Awareness Campaign has released the 2008 edition of “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Housing and Wages in Vermont.” Bad news for those of us who recognize personally that the “affordability agenda” is nothing more than a sound bite.  The median…

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Moran Plan

We are hoping to move forward in Burlington on a plan to re-develop the site and building of the decommissioned Moran power plant on the City’s waterfront. Almost everyone familiar with Burlington has seen this building, and may also be familiar with the unsuccessful attempt of the City in 2005…

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e-Government, or “F”?

Good Jobs First released a nationwide study rating the 50 states on their disclosure of information on lobbying, contracts, and corporate subsidies. Vermont earned a failing grade on both lobbying disclosure and subsidies. Vermont’s report card is available here. This is a good reality check on the much-hyped e-State initiative. …

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