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State issues buy local challenge

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The State of Vermont is issuing a challenge to holiday shoppers.

Coming off the first big retail weekend of the Christmas season, state economic development officials are calling on Vermonters to support their community by spending at least half of their holiday gift dollars at Vermont businesses.

It's called the 50-50 challenge. They say for every dollar spent in a downtown, more than 87 cents stays in the local community, compared to only 38 cents from purchases with national retailers.

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