Vermont

U.S. Covid-19 Testing Has Dropped Dramatically

Nationwide, COVID-19 testing has decreased by a third in the past two months, causing public health experts to worry they could miss future surges.

Women Hold Unprecedented Power in Vermont’s Statehouse. This Is How They’ll Lead.

Women hold the three top positions in Vermont’s legislature. With them they bring an understanding that to focus on economic recovery means to focus on caregiving.

Vermont Legislature Passes Bill to Allow Citizens to Sue the State if Climate Change Goals Aren’t Met

Lawmakers say that the bill “ensures accountability” for the government to meet carbon emission reduction goals in a timely manner. But Republican Gov. Phil Scott is skeptical of the litigation provision.

Vermont and Minnesota Now Recognize Grocery Employees as Emergency Workers

Minnesota and Vermont declared some food workers "essential personnel," giving them access to child care during working hours.

A Vermont Lawmaker Calls for Cell Phone Age Limits

A new proposal, which points out all the other things young people aren't allowed to do, would restrict cell phone usage to residents over the age of 21.

The Healthiest—and Unhealthiest—States

Reduced smoking rates, not much violent crime and low reports of sexually transmitted diseases make Vermont the healthiest state in the country, according to rankings released this week.

Customer Service, State and Local Partnerships Key for CIOs

The findings of NASCIO’s 2019 survey of chief information officers highlights areas of concern and evolving priorities among state information technology leaders.

A City Moves Toward Letting Non-Citizen Residents Vote in Local Elections

In Burlington, Vermont, the city council passed a resolution in favor of allowing legal permanent residents and refugees to vote in local elections.

Vermont Needed More Workers. Moving Grants Are Drawing People from Out of State

Vermont officials report sustained interest in the state’s new program to pay remote workers to make a move.

This State Official Would Like You to Mail Her Your Ticks

Patti Casey, an environmental surveillance program manager for the state of Vermont, oversees three tick-monitoring programs, including one where she collects ticks by mail from residents.

Vermont Lawmakers Move to Establish ‘Fundamental Right’ to Abortion

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New York expands traffic cameras in school zones … Legislation for family caregivers considered in several states … Tennessee prepares for legalized sports betting.

Using Augmented Reality to 3D-Map Underground Infrastructure

Several US Ignite cities like Burlington, Vermont are testing the tool to identify infrastructure like gas lines.

Climate Change Enters Its Blood-Sucking Phase

As winters grow warmer in North America, thirsty ticks are on the move.

Vermont Governor’s Plan to Pay Out-of-Staters to Take a Job in His State

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Can You Hear Me Now? In Quest for Federal Money, States Debunk Providers’ Coverage Claims

Rural states, from Kansas to Vermont, are challenging the contentions of cell phone providers that residents have access to high-speed mobile broadband in a bid to be eligible for federal funding.

New State and City ‘Pay to Move’ Programs Attract People—Not Employers

New initiatives starting this month in Vermont and Tulsa are part of a larger trend aimed at attracting workers to places that need to grow.

Why Vermont Digital Services Kept Employees Embedded in Agencies

The agency is eying an April launch of its security operations center.

Enhancing Access to Federal Benefits Through State Pilot Projects

The Integrated Benefits Initiative, a partnership between Code for America, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Nava Public Benefit Corporation, is spearheading the effort.

Vermont Secretary of State Slams ‘Unfunded Mandate’ in Election Security Bill

Jim Condos says the latest draft will force states like his to spend more money on auditing. Meanwhile, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission says states are focused on cybersecurity ahead of 2018 midterms.

What It's Really Like to Work Remotely From Vermont

The Green Mountain State is offering relocation incentives. If you’re intrigued, seeking change, or just over urban life, here’s what it’s really like to relocate.