There are humanitarian reasons for Gov. Peter Shumlin to answer President Obama’s call for help with the Central American refugees who have flocked to the U.S. in recent months. But taking in school-age children, especially on a long-term basis, also could help him with one of the perceived problems with Vermont’s education system.
The number of non-farm payroll jobs in Vermont is inching back to pre-recession levels. But the mix has changed in the last seven years. The latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show service sector jobs have grown, while goods-producing jobs have decreased. New data also show that the number of unemployed Vermonters grew in June. It’s not known yet whether the rise is a result of new layoffs or people returning to the labor force to seek work.
July 1 marks the beginning of Vermont’s fiscal year, and our FY2015 Vermont State Budget Chartbook shows the milestones in the development of the budget for the new fiscal year. The final $5.59 billion appropriations bill for this year represents a 4.1 percent increase ($222 million) over adjusted spending for fiscal 2014. (Midway through each fiscal year, typically in January or February, the Legislature makes changes to various expenditures it had authorized in the original appropriations bill.)