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CONSTITUENT COFFEE HOUR: SATURDAY 6.19 @ 9 AM:
Plus: 2021 End-of-Session Report (link below)

Rep. Seth Bongartz and I will be holding our end-of-session constituent coffee hour this coming Saturday, June 19, from 9 to 10:30 am. Its an online meeting, so please email me ahead of time (KJames@leg.state.vt.us) for the link. 

Well be discussing the FY22 state budget, the $600 million in ARPA funds that the legislature invested in our families, businesses and communities, key bills passed during the 2021 session, and next weeks veto session. Please join us! See link below for our 2021 end of session report. Well be starting up coffee hours again in late fall, as the 2022 session approaches.

https://kathjamesforstaterep.com/wp-content/uploads/2021-EOS-Kath-and-Seth-FINAL-PDF-LR.pdf

SPEAKER KROWINSKI STATEMENT ON VERMONT REACHING 80% VACCINATION GOAL

Montpelier, Vt. - Today, Speaker Jill Krowinski released the following statement following Vermont reaching 80% vaccination goal:

“Over the last 15 months, Vermont has faced one of the greatest challenges in state history. Vermont, and the nation, have navigated the loss of beloved family members and friends, changing our daily lives, and making sacrifices to keep our communities safe. From the beginning, our Green Mountain State has led the way in responding to the pandemic throughout the response to the pandemic with high levels of testing, community organizations working together to provide aid in all 14 counties, and the achievement of our vaccination goal, the first state in the nation to reach 80% vaccinated. The term can be overstated, but we have been truly exceptional in taking on this challenge.

“It is important to celebrate this milestone, but it is equally important to keep up our efforts to protect each other and continue to keep each other safe, especially those that are immunocompromised and are unable to be vaccinated. It is important that we do not slip up and we keep up our guard up during this transition back to the Vermont way of life we know and love. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on all of us, and we must ensure sure that Vermonters have access to mental health services, new educational and workforce opportunities, and resources to build our communities back stronger than ever such as expanding access to broadband internet.

“The list of people and organizations that deserve our deepest thanks is lengthy, and I am forever grateful for the sacrifices that our frontline workers, state employees, nonprofit community organizations, and others have done to get us through this crisis. It has been awe-inspiring to watch Vermonters come together to get us to where we are today. It shows that Vermont can get through any challenge that may come our way. We have much to be proud of today. Well done, Vermonters!”
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SPEAKER KROWINSKI STATEMENT ON VERMONT REACHING 80% VACCINATION GOAL
 
Montpelier, Vt. - Today, Speaker Jill Krowinski released the following statement following Vermont reaching 80% vaccination goal:
 
“Over the last 15 months, Vermont has faced one of the greatest challenges in state history. Vermont, and the nation, have navigated the loss of beloved family members and friends, changing our daily lives, and making sacrifices to keep our communities safe. From the beginning, our Green Mountain State has led the way in responding to the pandemic throughout the response to the pandemic with high levels of testing, community organizations working together to provide aid in all 14 counties, and the achievement of our vaccination goal, the first state in the nation to reach 80% vaccinated. The term can be overstated, but we have been truly exceptional in taking on this challenge. 
 
“It is important to celebrate this milestone, but it is equally important to keep up our efforts to protect each other and continue to keep each other safe, especially those that are immunocompromised and are unable to be vaccinated. It is important that we do not slip up and we keep up our guard up during this transition back to the Vermont way of life we know and love. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on all of us, and we must ensure sure that Vermonters have access to mental health services, new educational and workforce opportunities, and resources to build our communities back stronger than ever such as expanding access to broadband internet. 
 
“The list of people and organizations that deserve our deepest thanks is lengthy, and I am forever grateful for the sacrifices that our frontline workers, state employees, nonprofit community organizations, and others have done to get us through this crisis. It has been awe-inspiring to watch Vermonters come together to get us to where we are today. It shows that Vermont can get through any challenge that may come our way. We have much to be proud of today. Well done, Vermonters!”

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2021 LEGISLATIVE REPORT: REPS. KATHLEEN JAMES AND SETH BONGARTZ

CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD >>>

In late May, the Vermont legislature wrapped up a truly historic session. With the help of $1.2 billion in federal stimulus dollars, we made substantial progress on key policy priorities, helping to lay the groundwork for a successful 21st century Vermont:

COVID RELIEF: We pumped almost $160 million into our economy, workforce and communities, paving the way to a strong recovery in all 14 counties.

BROADBAND: With Communication Union Districts (CUDs) working hard across the state to advance rural broadband buildout, we were able to allocate $150 million to bring that planning to life, with the goal of expanding high-speed fiber to the last mile.

CHILDCARE: We passed landmark legislation that, in addition to $12 million in immediate help, establishes a goal that no Vermont family should have to pay more than 10 percent of their income for quality childcare.

HOUSING: We allocated $190 million to build affordable housing for low-income Vermonters, provide emergency rental assistance to tenants and landlords, and to house homeless Vermonters.

Additionally, we allocated $54 million for climate action and $120 million for clean water projects and infrastructure.

Together with our colleagues, we made numerous high-impact, once-in-a-lifetime investments that will accelerate recovery in all 14 counties and build toward a vibrant future.

To learn more about the $7 billion FY22 budget, how the legislature has allocated close to $600 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds, property tax rates, and the many transformational bills we passed this year, read on!

To download our report, click here:
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2021 LEGISLATIVE REPORT: REPS. KATHLEEN JAMES AND SETH BONGARTZ

CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD  data-recalc-dims=>> In late May, the Vermont legislature wrapped up a truly historic session. With the help of $1.2 billion in federal stimulus dollars, we made substantial progress on key policy priorities, helping to lay the groundwork for a successful 21st century Vermont: COVID RELIEF: We pumped almost $160 million into our economy, workforce and communities, paving the way to a strong recovery in all 14 counties. BROADBAND: With Communication Union Districts (CUDs) working hard across the state to advance rural broadband buildout, we were able to allocate $150 million to bring that planning to life, with the goal of expanding high-speed fiber to the last mile. CHILDCARE: We passed landmark legislation that, in addition to $12 million in immediate help, establishes a goal that no Vermont family should have to pay more than 10 percent of their income for quality childcare. HOUSING: We allocated $190 million to build affordable housing for low-income Vermonters, provide emergency rental assistance to tenants and landlords, and to house homeless Vermonters. Additionally, we allocated $54 million for climate action and $120 million for clean water projects and infrastructure. Together with our colleagues, we made numerous high-impact, once-in-a-lifetime investments that will accelerate recovery in all 14 counties and build toward a vibrant future. To learn more about the $7 billion FY22 budget, how the legislature has allocated close to $600 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds, property tax rates, and the many transformational bills we passed this year, read on! To download our report, click here: https://tinyurl.com/2021-LEGISLATIVE-REPORT" data-querystring="_nc_cat=103&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=rwI2c0E-NGcAX_mx7Yy&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&tp=30&oh=4998b554a1648c51f5abfdb528e51edc&oe=60D0EBCC" data-ratio="1200" class="cff-multi-image" />

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When I look up these bills, what does the red Z through most of them mean?

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State Continues Vaccine Push With Additional Walk-In Vaccination Clinics

Clinics Continue as State Issues Tuesday-Thursday Pop-Up Schedule

Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott today announced new walk-in clinics as the State works to make the COVID-19 vaccine easily accessible throughout Vermont.

As of Monday, 79.2% of eligible (12+) Vermonters have received at least one dose of the COVID-19, which means 4,197 more people are needed to reach Governor Scott’s goal to vaccinate 80% of the eligible population. The Governor has said he will lift the remaining COVID-19 restrictions when it is reached.

“We made great progress over the weekend through pharmacy and pop-up vaccinations sites across the state,” said Governor Phil Scott. “I appreciate those Vermonters who took the time to get their shots and all the staff, EMS crews and healthcare providers who make these clinics possible. If you are still waiting to get your shot, now is the time, and there are many healthcare providers and Health Department resources that can help get any questions you have answered.”

Vermonters with questions about the vaccine, can visit healthvermont.gov/myvaccine for more information.

Currently scheduled pop-up, walk-in events for Tuesday, June 8 – Thursday, June 10 are listed below. In addition to these pop-up events, most pharmacies around Vermont are offering walk-in vaccinations. Ask your local pharmacist today or simply walk into a CVS, Hannaford Food and Drug, Walmart, Walgreens, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaws Supermarket, or Costco.

Tuesday, June 8

Northwestern Medical Center, Congress and Main, 97 North Main St., St. Albans (9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)
Tres Amigos, 1190 Mountain Rd., Stowe (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Dr., Newport (11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Barton Fairground Drive-Through, 278 Roaring Brook Rd., Barton (4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 9

Northwestern Medical Center, Congress and Main, 97 North Main St., St. Albans (9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)
Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, 57 Pond St., Ludlow (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Nolato GW, Inc., 272 Waterman Rd., Royalton (12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
American Legion Post 27, with Porter Medical Center (PMC), 49 Wilson Road, Middlebury (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Thursday, June 10

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, 1315 Hospital Dr., St. Johnsbury (8:30 a.m. –
11:00 a.m.)
Northwestern Medical Center, Congress and Main, 97 North Main St., St. Albans (9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)
Smuggler’s Notch Resort, 4323 Vt Route 108 South, Cambridge (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Waterbury Farmer’s Market, 2 Rotarian Place, Waterbury (4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

More ways to get your free vaccine:

Vaccine clinics for restaurant, hospitality, and tourism workers:

Make an appointment for a free vaccine:
https://vermont.force.com/events/s/…

You can also walk-in at CVS, Hannaford Food and Drug, Walmart, Walgreens, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaws Supermarket, or Costco or get an appointment with Kinney Drugs, CVS, Walgreens, Northfield Pharmacy, or UVMMC Outpatient Pharmacies.
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State Continues Vaccine Push With Additional Walk-In Vaccination Clinics

Clinics Continue as State Issues Tuesday-Thursday Pop-Up Schedule
 
Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott today announced new walk-in clinics as the State works to make the COVID-19 vaccine easily accessible throughout Vermont.
 
As of Monday, 79.2% of eligible (12+) Vermonters have received at least one dose of the COVID-19, which means 4,197 more people are needed to reach Governor Scott’s goal to vaccinate 80% of the eligible population. The Governor has said he will lift the remaining COVID-19 restrictions when it is reached.
 
“We made great progress over the weekend through pharmacy and pop-up vaccinations sites across the state,” said Governor Phil Scott. “I appreciate those Vermonters who took the time to get their shots and all the staff, EMS crews and healthcare providers who make these clinics possible. If you are still waiting to get your shot, now is the time, and there are many healthcare providers and Health Department resources that can help get any questions you have answered.”
 
Vermonters with questions about the vaccine, can visit healthvermont.gov/myvaccine for more information.
 
Currently scheduled pop-up, walk-in events for Tuesday, June 8 – Thursday, June 10 are listed below. In addition to these pop-up events, most pharmacies around Vermont are offering walk-in vaccinations. Ask your local pharmacist today or simply walk into a CVS, Hannaford Food and Drug, Walmart, Walgreens, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaws Supermarket, or Costco.
 
Tuesday, June 8

Northwestern Medical Center, Congress and Main, 97 North Main St., St. Albans (9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)             
Tres Amigos, 1190 Mountain Rd., Stowe (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Dr., Newport (11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Barton Fairground Drive-Through, 278 Roaring Brook Rd., Barton (4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
 
Wednesday, June 9

Northwestern Medical Center, Congress and Main, 97 North Main St., St. Albans (9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)             
Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, 57 Pond St., Ludlow (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Nolato GW, Inc., 272 Waterman Rd., Royalton (12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)  
American Legion Post 27, with Porter Medical Center (PMC), 49 Wilson Road, Middlebury (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
 
Thursday, June 10

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, 1315 Hospital Dr., St. Johnsbury (8:30 a.m. –
11:00 a.m.)
Northwestern Medical Center, Congress and Main, 97 North Main St., St. Albans (9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)             
Smuggler’s Notch Resort, 4323 Vt Route 108 South, Cambridge (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Waterbury Farmer’s Market, 2 Rotarian Place, Waterbury (4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
 
More ways to get your free vaccine:

Vaccine clinics for restaurant, hospitality, and tourism workers: https://accd.vermont.gov/vaccine

Make an appointment for a free vaccine:
https://vermont.force.com/events/s/selfregistration

You can also walk-in at CVS, Hannaford Food and Drug, Walmart, Walgreens, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaws Supermarket, or Costco or get an appointment with Kinney Drugs, CVS, Walgreens, Northfield Pharmacy, or UVMMC Outpatient Pharmacies.

STATE ANNOUNCES DOZENS OF NEW WEEKEND WALK-IN VACCINATION CLINICS

Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott today announced dozens of new walk-in clinics as the State works to make the COVID-19 vaccine easily accessible throughout Vermont.

Governor Scott previously announced that when 80% of Vermont’s eligible population (those age 12 and older) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state will enter Step 4 of the Vermont Forward plan and remove remaining restrictions. As of Thursday, it was at 78.6% of eligible Vermonters, needing 7,878 more people to reach the goal.

“Vermonters have stepped up throughout this pandemic and we are very close to our vaccination goal,” said Governor Scott. “As we’re seeing a slow-down in the number of people being vaccinated, we need those who have not yet gotten their shot to find a clinic today. It has never been easier, with hundreds of clinics across the state. Vaccines are free, safe and very effective – now is the time.”

Vermont has led the nation in its vaccination efforts, with a higher percentage of its population having received at least one dose than any other state in the country. To ensure as many Vermonters as possible can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the state continues to offer walk-in and by-appointment clinics statewide through state clinics, hospitals, primary care providers, pharmacies, schools, businesses and public spaces with the support of EMS crews, the Vermont National Guard and many local partners.

Currently scheduled pop-up, walk-in events for Friday, June 4 – Monday, June 7 are listed below. In addition to these pop-up events, most pharmacies around the state are offering walk-in vaccinations. Ask your local pharmacist today or simply walk into a CVS, Hannaford Food and Drug, Walmart, Walgreens, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaws Supermarket, or Costco.

Friday, June 4
Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Professional Bldg., Lower Level, 289 County Rd., Windsor (9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Congress and Main, 97 North Main St., St. Albans (9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)
Essex Fair Grounds, 105 Pearl St., Essex Junction (9:00 a.m. - 12: p.m.; 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Lakeview Mobile Home Park, Shelburne Rd., Shelburne (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Sharon Rest Area, I-89 Northbound, Sharon (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Dr., Newport (11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Williston Rest Area, I-89 Northbound, Williston (1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
St. Johnsbury School, 257 Western Ave., St. Johnsbury (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Thunder Road, 80 Fisher Rd., Barre (3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)
Jazz Fest Concert, College St., Burlington (4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
Backside at 405 Concert Series, 405 Pine St., Burlington (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

Saturday, June 5
Holiday Inn Conference Center, 476 Holiday Dr., Rutland (7:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.)
Capital City Farmer’s Market, 133 State St., Montpelier (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Sandbar State Park, Milton (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
St. Albans Bay Car and Motorcycle Show, St. Albans Bay Park (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Branbury State Park, 3570 Lake Dunmore Rd, Brandon (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Wilmington Antique and Flea Market, 225 Route 9, Wilmington (12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Jazz Fest Artist Fair, College St, Burlington (2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Jazz Fest Concert, Church St., Burlington (4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
Backside at 405 Concert Series, 405 Pine St., Burlington (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

Sunday, June 6
Lake Seymour Boat Launch, Morgan (6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.)
Holiday Inn Conference Center, 476 Holiday Dr., Rutland (7:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.)
Lake Seymour Beach, Morgan (9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Waterbury Center State Park, 177 Reservoir Rd. , Waterbury Center (9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.)
Elmore State Park, 856 VT-12, Elmore (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Lake Willoughby South Beach, VT Route 5a, Westmore (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Camp Plymouth State Park, 2008 Scout Camp Rd., Ludlow (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Bolton Potholes, 1 Bolton Valley Access Rd, Bolton (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Wilmington Antique and Flea Market, 225 Route 9, Wilmington (12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Lake Willoughby North Beach, VT Route 5a, Westmore (2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Plainfield Community Suppers, 641 Recreation Field Rd., Plainfield (4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 7
Barre Courthouse, 255 N Main St., Barre (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Williston Woods Mobile Home Park, 126 Williston Woods Rd., Williston (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
St. George Villa Mobile Home Park, 8066 Route 2a, St. George (1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 30 Center St., Rutland (3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
Sunset Lake Villa Mobile Home Park, 829 Richmond Rd., Hinesburg (3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
The Edge, 115 Wellness Drive Williston (3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) – Offering a free 1-month membership if you get your shot!
Triple L Mobile Home Park, Hinesburg Rd., Hinesburg (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

More ways to get your free vaccine:
Vaccine clinics for restaurant, hospitality, and tourism workers
Make an appointment for a free vaccine
You can also walk-in for pharmacy appointments at CVS, Hannaford Food and Drug, Walmart, Walgreens, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaws Supermarket, or Costco or get an appointment with Kinney Drugs, CVS, Walgreens, Northfield Pharmacy, or UVMMC Outpatient Pharmacies.
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STATE ANNOUNCES DOZENS OF NEW WEEKEND WALK-IN VACCINATION CLINICS
 
Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott today announced dozens of new walk-in clinics as the State works to make the COVID-19 vaccine easily accessible throughout Vermont.
 
Governor Scott previously announced that when 80% of Vermont’s eligible population (those age 12 and older) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state will enter Step 4 of the Vermont Forward plan and remove remaining restrictions. As of Thursday, it was at 78.6% of eligible Vermonters, needing 7,878 more people to reach the goal.
 
“Vermonters have stepped up throughout this pandemic and we are very close to our vaccination goal,” said Governor Scott. “As we’re seeing a slow-down in the number of people being vaccinated, we need those who have not yet gotten their shot to find a clinic today. It has never been easier, with hundreds of clinics across the state. Vaccines are free, safe and very effective – now is the time.”
 
Vermont has led the nation in its vaccination efforts, with a higher percentage of its population having received at least one dose than any other state in the country. To ensure as many Vermonters as possible can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the state continues to offer walk-in and by-appointment clinics statewide through state clinics, hospitals, primary care providers, pharmacies, schools, businesses and public spaces with the support of EMS crews, the Vermont National Guard and many local partners.
 
Currently scheduled pop-up, walk-in events for Friday, June 4 – Monday, June 7 are listed below. In addition to these pop-up events, most pharmacies around the state are offering walk-in vaccinations. Ask your local pharmacist today or simply walk into a CVS, Hannaford Food and Drug, Walmart, Walgreens, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaws Supermarket, or Costco.
 
Friday, June 4
Mt. Ascutney Hospital, Professional Bldg., Lower Level, 289 County Rd., Windsor (9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Congress and Main, 97 North Main St., St. Albans (9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)             
Essex Fair Grounds, 105 Pearl St., Essex Junction (9:00 a.m. - 12: p.m.; 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)        
Lakeview Mobile Home Park, Shelburne Rd., Shelburne (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Sharon Rest Area, I-89 Northbound, Sharon (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Dr., Newport (11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Williston Rest Area, I-89 Northbound, Williston (1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)                  
St. Johnsbury School, 257 Western Ave., St. Johnsbury (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Thunder Road, 80 Fisher Rd., Barre (3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)
Jazz Fest Concert, College St., Burlington (4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
Backside at 405 Concert Series, 405 Pine St., Burlington (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
 
Saturday, June 5
Holiday Inn Conference Center, 476 Holiday Dr., Rutland (7:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.)
Capital City Farmer’s Market, 133 State St., Montpelier (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Sandbar State Park, Milton (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
St. Albans Bay Car and Motorcycle Show, St. Albans Bay Park (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Branbury State Park, 3570 Lake Dunmore Rd, Brandon (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Wilmington Antique and Flea Market, 225 Route 9, Wilmington (12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Jazz Fest Artist Fair, College St, Burlington (2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Jazz Fest Concert, Church St., Burlington (4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
Backside at 405 Concert Series, 405 Pine St., Burlington (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
               
Sunday, June 6
Lake Seymour Boat Launch, Morgan (6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.)
Holiday Inn Conference Center, 476 Holiday Dr., Rutland (7:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.)
Lake Seymour Beach, Morgan (9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Waterbury Center State Park, 177 Reservoir Rd. , Waterbury Center (9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.)
Elmore State Park, 856 VT-12, Elmore (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Lake Willoughby South Beach, VT Route 5a, Westmore (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Camp Plymouth State Park, 2008 Scout Camp Rd., Ludlow (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Bolton Potholes, 1 Bolton Valley Access Rd, Bolton (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Wilmington Antique and Flea Market, 225 Route 9, Wilmington (12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Lake Willoughby North Beach, VT Route 5a, Westmore (2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Plainfield Community Suppers, 641 Recreation Field Rd., Plainfield (4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
 
Monday, June 7
Barre Courthouse, 255 N Main St., Barre (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Williston Woods Mobile Home Park, 126 Williston Woods Rd., Williston (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
St. George Villa Mobile Home Park, 8066 Route 2a, St. George (1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Paramount Theater, 30 Center St., Rutland (3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
Sunset Lake Villa Mobile Home Park, 829 Richmond Rd., Hinesburg (3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
The Edge, 115 Wellness Drive Williston (3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) – Offering a free 1-month membership if you get your shot!
Triple L Mobile Home Park, Hinesburg Rd., Hinesburg (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
 
More ways to get your free vaccine:
Vaccine clinics for restaurant, hospitality, and tourism workers
Make an appointment for a free vaccine
You can also walk-in for pharmacy appointments at CVS, Hannaford Food and Drug, Walmart, Walgreens, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaws Supermarket, or Costco or get an appointment with Kinney Drugs, CVS, Walgreens, Northfield Pharmacy, or UVMMC Outpatient Pharmacies.

GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ANNOUNCES ECONOMIC RECOVERY BRIDGE PROGRAM

Application Portal to Open June 7, Informational Webinar June 4

Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and the Department of Economic Development (DED) today announced the launch of the latest economic recovery funding for Vermont businesses. Opening on Monday, June 7, the Economic Recovery Bridge Program is expected to deliver $30 million in financial relief to businesses who have not received state and federal funding due to eligibility constraints and to businesses who can show a continued loss of revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we move out of the pandemic emergency and into our long-term recovery, it’s so important that we support Vermont’s small businesses and employers, who are the backbone of our economy,” said Governor Scott. “These grants will provide critical relief in the short term, allowing them to rebuild a stable foundation for their economic futures.”

H.315 (Act 9) appropriated $10 million and H.439 appropriates $20 million dollars of the state’s share of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The legislative intent of the Economic Recovery Bridge Program is to provide priority funding to businesses that have not received prior state or federal financial assistance. To the extent that funds remain available, the program is also intended to provide funding to businesses that have suffered a net loss even after receiving state or federal aid.

“We know that businesses continue to suffer losses due to the pandemic and that some businesses have not had the ability to access existing funding to help them recover from these sustained losses,” said Joan Goldstein, commissioner of the Department of Economic Development. “As we move past the pandemic, these funds are intended to bridge those final gaps , so that businesses can recover and thrive in the months and years ahead.”

Eligible businesses must be domiciled and have their primary place of business in Vermont and demonstrate that the business experienced a net tax loss in 2020, greater than any net loss reported in 2019 via submitted federal tax returns.

Grants will be issued on a first come, first served basis and priority will be given as follows:

Priority for the first 30 days will be given to businesses that have not received or does not have a pending application for any State or Federal financial assistance in 2020 or 2021 including, but not limited to:

Paycheck Protection Program Loans and Grants
Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Grants
Vermont Economic Recovery Grants
Sole Proprietor Stabilization Program Grants
Healthcare Provider Grants
Restaurant Revitalization Grants
Shuttered Venue Grants
Vermont Agricultural Grants

After the initial 30-day window, second tier priority will be given to businesses who suffered a 2020 net tax loss and can still demonstrate an adjusted net loss after adding back the amounts of non-taxable assistance received in 2020 and 2021.

Businesses can find the full program guidelines in several languages and frequently asked questions about this new program at the ACCD COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center. The application portal is targeted to open on Monday, June 7. Please check the link above on June 7th for exact timing. There will be a support line available once the portal opens by calling 802-828-1200.

https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/…

The Department of Economic Development will hold an informational webinar on the program and application process Friday, June 4th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

https://accd.vermont.gov/content/…

For those who cannot attend, a recording will be posted to the ACCD website.
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GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ANNOUNCES ECONOMIC RECOVERY BRIDGE PROGRAM

Application Portal to Open June 7, Informational Webinar June 4
 
Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and the Department of Economic Development (DED) today announced the launch of the latest economic recovery funding for Vermont businesses. Opening on Monday, June 7, the Economic Recovery Bridge Program is expected to deliver $30 million in financial relief to businesses who have not received state and federal funding due to eligibility constraints and to businesses who can show a continued loss of revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
“As we move out of the pandemic emergency and into our long-term recovery, it’s so important that we support Vermont’s small businesses and employers, who are the backbone of our economy,” said Governor Scott. “These grants will provide critical relief in the short term, allowing them to rebuild a stable foundation for their economic futures.” 

H.315 (Act 9) appropriated $10 million and H.439 appropriates $20 million dollars of the state’s share of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The legislative intent of the Economic Recovery Bridge Program is to provide priority funding to businesses that have not received prior state or federal financial assistance. To the extent that funds remain available, the program is also intended to provide funding to businesses that have suffered a net loss even after receiving state or federal aid.
 
“We know that businesses continue to suffer losses due to the pandemic and that some businesses have not had the ability to access existing funding to help them recover from these sustained losses,” said Joan Goldstein, commissioner of the Department of Economic Development. “As we move past the pandemic, these funds are intended to bridge those final gaps , so that businesses can recover and thrive in the months and years ahead.”

Eligible businesses must be domiciled and have their primary place of business in Vermont and demonstrate that the business experienced a net tax loss in 2020, greater than any net loss reported in 2019 via submitted federal tax returns.
 
Grants will be issued on a first come, first served basis and priority will be given as follows:

Priority for the first 30 days will be given to businesses that have not received or does not have a pending application for any State or Federal financial assistance in 2020 or 2021 including, but not limited to:

Paycheck Protection Program Loans and Grants
Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Grants
Vermont Economic Recovery Grants
Sole Proprietor Stabilization Program Grants
Healthcare Provider Grants
Restaurant Revitalization Grants
Shuttered Venue Grants
Vermont Agricultural Grants
 
After the initial 30-day window, second tier priority will be given to businesses who suffered a 2020 net tax loss and can still demonstrate an adjusted net loss after adding back the amounts of non-taxable assistance received in 2020 and 2021.

Businesses can find the full program guidelines in several languages and frequently asked questions about this new program at the ACCD COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center. The application portal is targeted to open on Monday, June 7. Please check the link above on June 7th for exact timing. There will be a support line available once the portal opens by calling 802-828-1200.

https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/economic-recovery-bridge-program
 
The Department of Economic Development will hold an informational webinar on the program and application process Friday, June 4th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. 

https://accd.vermont.gov/content/economic-recovery-bridge-program-overview-webinar-0

For those who cannot attend, a recording will be posted to the ACCD website.

ACTION TAKEN BY GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ON LEGISLATION

Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott announced action on the following bills, passed by the General Assembly.

On June 1, Governor Scott signed bills of the following titles:

S.62, An act relating to employee incentives, technical education, and unemployment insurance
H.88, An act relating to the use value appraisal program
H.135, An act relating to the State Ethics Commission
H.140, An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the Town of Williston
H.420, An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects
H.434, An act relating to establishing the Agricultural Innovation Board
H.445, An act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the Town of Underhill
H.171, An act relating to child care systems and financing

Governor Scott issued the following statement when signing this bill:

“Expanding Vermont’s focus on early care and learning has been a top priority for my administration since my first year in office. Signing H.171 into law represents another important step forward as we continue our work in this critical area. In partnership with the General Assembly, we’ve increased funding for childcare, expanded access for more families and created a simplified family co-payment. This bill also makes significant investments in workforce supports, including a student loan repayment program, scholarships for prospective early childhood providers and need-based scholarships for individuals already employed at regulated, privately operated center-based childcare programs or family childcare homes. We know there is still more to do, so I look forward to continuing to work with our partners to ensure every child and family has access to high quality and affordable childcare.”

H.225, An act relating to possession of a therapeutic dosage of buprenorphine

In signing this bill, Governor Scott signed an executive order, which can be viewed by clicking here, to ensure the state tracks, measures and can react to the impact of this legislation and sent the following letter the General Assembly:

https://governor.vermont.gov/content/…

Dear Legislators:

Today, I signed H.225, An act relating to possession of a therapeutic dosage of buprenorphine, despite concerns on whether there is a need for this legislation given the availability of substance misuse treatment options through our proven hub and spoke system. I am concerned about the lack of data on decriminalizing buprenorphine and its effectiveness in reducing opiate overdoses is unproven. The impact of diverted medication and its use outside of treatment is also a concern, given the critical support the hub and spoke system provides, and with the difficulty prescribers may face in their work to ensure successful treatment.

However, we know addiction is a chronic illness and continue to see the devastating impacts on individuals, their families, and communities. Although I remain skeptical, I signed this bill because it is well-intentioned and offers another potential approach to reduce the impacts of substance use disorder. Most importantly, from my perspective, was the Legislature’s decision to include an endpoint for this law, which will sunset on July 1, 2023, providing experts the opportunity to assess the effectiveness of this initiative.

It is important to me that we do not unravel previous progress, increase abuse of diverted drugs, or jeopardize the success of the hub and spoke system.

Attached to this letter please find Executive Order 05-21, directing the chief prevention officer to assemble a task force charged with setting performance metrics and collecting and measuring the data needed to assess the effectiveness of decriminalizing buprenorphine.

Sincerely,

Philip B. Scott
Governor

H.430, An act relating to eligibility for Dr. Dynasaur-like coverage for all income-eligible children and pregnant individuals regardless of immigration status

Governor Scott issued the following statement when signing this bill:

“This session, we have taken important steps to address inequities in our health care system. By providing access to critical health care services for children and pregnant women who are not eligible for Medicaid because of their immigration status, we further that work. Every child living in Vermont deserves access to care and the ability to achieve their full potential. I’m proud to sign this bill into law.”

H.438, An act relating to capital construction and State bonding

Governor Scott issued the following statement when signing this bill:

“This bill makes strategic, long-term investments that ensure the continued operation of government and better outcomes for Vermonters. From basic investments needed to maintain our state buildings, to clean water projects and improvements to outdoor recreation, this bill touches every Vermonter in some way.

“I’m happy that the General Assembly supported our effort to double the investment in the Building Communities grant program, which has been helping to complete recreation, human services and economic development projects in towns and communities across the state.

“Replacing the temporary Middlesex secure residential facility with a new facility in Colchester, also included in this bill, will help close gaps in our mental health system, take pressure off emergency rooms and allow us to offer a better standard of care for people in transition. A modern courthouse in Newport will result in safer and more efficient spaces and help improve access to our justice system. And commencing with the replacement of the Women’s Correctional Facility is an important step toward bringing our correctional system into the 21st century.

“This bill also helps strengthen our outdoor recreation sector, including building more of the popular and more accessible rustic cabins in our state parks, along with major investments to improve trailheads, boat launches and other facilities, will provide better options for visitors and Vermonters to access the outdoors—something we’ve all come to appreciate more in the past year.

“These are just some examples of what this bill accomplished, and I want to thank the institutions committees for their important work.”

On June 1, Governor Scott returned without signature and vetoed bills of the following titles:

H.177, An act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the City of Montpelier
Click here to view the H.177 veto letter:
https://governor.vermont.gov/sites/scott/…

H.227, An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the City of Winooski
Click here to view the H.227 veto letter:
https://governor.vermont.gov/sites/scott/…

The reasons outlined in these letters are included below:

“This is an important policy discussion that deserves further consideration and debate. Allowing a highly variable town-by-town approach to municipal voting creates inconsistency in election policy, as well as separate and unequal classes of residents potentially eligible to vote on local issues. I believe it is the role of the Legislature to establish clarity and consistency on this matter. This should include defining how municipalities determine which legal residents may vote on local issues, as well as specifying the local matters they may vote on. Returning these bills provides the opportunity to do this important work.

“For these reasons I am returning this legislation without my signature pursuant to Chapter II, Section 11 of the Vermont Constitution. I understand these charter changes are well-intentioned, but I ask the Legislature to revisit the issue of non-citizen voting in a more comprehensive manner and develop a statewide policy or a uniform template and process for those municipalities wishing to grant the right of voting in local elections to all legal residents.”

To view a complete list of action on bills passed during the 2021 legislative session, click here.
https://governor.vermont.gov/2021-legislative-sess…
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ACTION TAKEN BY GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ON LEGISLATION
 
Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott announced action on the following bills, passed by the General Assembly.
 
On June 1, Governor Scott signed bills of the following titles:      
 
S.62, An act relating to employee incentives, technical education, and unemployment insurance
H.88, An act relating to the use value appraisal program
H.135, An act relating to the State Ethics Commission
H.140, An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the Town of Williston
H.420, An act relating to miscellaneous agricultural subjects
H.434, An act relating to establishing the Agricultural Innovation Board
H.445, An act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the Town of Underhill
H.171, An act relating to child care systems and financing  

Governor Scott issued the following statement when signing this bill:

“Expanding Vermont’s focus on early care and learning has been a top priority for my administration since my first year in office. Signing H.171 into law represents another important step forward as we continue our work in this critical area. In partnership with the General Assembly, we’ve increased funding for childcare, expanded access for more families and created a simplified family co-payment. This bill also makes significant investments in workforce supports, including a student loan repayment program, scholarships for prospective early childhood providers and need-based scholarships for individuals already employed at regulated, privately operated center-based childcare programs or family childcare homes. We know there is still more to do, so I look forward to continuing to work with our partners to ensure every child and family has access to high quality and affordable childcare.”

H.225, An act relating to possession of a therapeutic dosage of buprenorphine
 
In signing this bill, Governor Scott signed an executive order, which can be viewed by clicking here, to ensure the state tracks, measures and can react to the impact of this legislation and sent the following letter the General Assembly:

https://governor.vermont.gov/content/executive-order-no-05-21

Dear Legislators:
 
Today, I signed H.225, An act relating to possession of a therapeutic dosage of buprenorphine, despite concerns on whether there is a need for this legislation given the availability of substance misuse treatment options through our proven hub and spoke system. I am concerned about the lack of data on decriminalizing buprenorphine and its effectiveness in reducing opiate overdoses is unproven. The impact of diverted medication and its use outside of treatment is also a concern, given the critical support the hub and spoke system provides, and with the difficulty prescribers may face in their work to ensure successful treatment.
 
However, we know addiction is a chronic illness and continue to see the devastating impacts on individuals, their families, and communities. Although I remain skeptical, I signed this bill because it is well-intentioned and offers another potential approach to reduce the impacts of substance use disorder. Most importantly, from my perspective, was the Legislature’s decision to include an endpoint for this law, which will sunset on July 1, 2023, providing experts the opportunity to assess the effectiveness of this initiative.
 
It is important to me that we do not unravel previous progress, increase abuse of diverted drugs, or jeopardize the success of the hub and spoke system. 
 
Attached to this letter please find Executive Order 05-21, directing the chief prevention officer to assemble a task force charged with setting performance metrics and collecting and measuring the data needed to assess the effectiveness of decriminalizing buprenorphine.
 
Sincerely,

Philip B. Scott
Governor
 
H.430, An act relating to eligibility for Dr. Dynasaur-like coverage for all income-eligible children and pregnant individuals regardless of immigration status
 
Governor Scott issued the following statement when signing this bill:

“This session, we have taken important steps to address inequities in our health care system. By providing access to critical health care services for children and pregnant women who are not eligible for Medicaid because of their immigration status, we further that work. Every child living in Vermont deserves access to care and the ability to achieve their full potential. I’m proud to sign this bill into law.”

H.438, An act relating to capital construction and State bonding

Governor Scott issued the following statement when signing this bill:
 
“This bill makes strategic, long-term investments that ensure the continued operation of government and better outcomes for Vermonters. From basic investments needed to maintain our state buildings, to clean water projects and improvements to outdoor recreation, this bill touches every Vermonter in some way.
 
“I’m happy that the General Assembly supported our effort to double the investment in the Building Communities grant program, which has been helping to complete recreation, human services and economic development projects in towns and communities across the state.
 
“Replacing the temporary Middlesex secure residential facility with a new facility in Colchester, also included in this bill, will help close gaps in our mental health system, take pressure off emergency rooms and allow us to offer a better standard of care for people in transition. A modern courthouse in Newport will result in safer and more efficient spaces and help improve access to our justice system. And commencing with the replacement of the Women’s Correctional Facility is an important step toward bringing our correctional system into the 21st century.
 
“This bill also helps strengthen our outdoor recreation sector, including building more of the popular and more accessible rustic cabins in our state parks, along with major investments to improve trailheads, boat launches and other facilities, will provide better options for visitors and Vermonters to access the outdoors—something we’ve all come to appreciate more in the past year.
 
“These are just some examples of what this bill accomplished, and I want to thank the institutions committees for their important work.”
 
On June 1, Governor Scott returned without signature and vetoed bills of the following titles:      
 
H.177, An act relating to approval of an amendment to the charter of the City of Montpelier
Click here to view the H.177 veto letter:
https://governor.vermont.gov/sites/scott/files/H.177_Veto%20Letter.pdf

H.227, An act relating to approval of amendments to the charter of the City of Winooski
Click here to view the H.227 veto letter:
https://governor.vermont.gov/sites/scott/files/H.227_VetoLetter.pdf
               
The reasons outlined in these letters are included below:

“This is an important policy discussion that deserves further consideration and debate. Allowing a highly variable town-by-town approach to municipal voting creates inconsistency in election policy, as well as separate and unequal classes of residents potentially eligible to vote on local issues. I believe it is the role of the Legislature to establish clarity and consistency on this matter. This should include defining how municipalities determine which legal residents may vote on local issues, as well as specifying the local matters they may vote on. Returning these bills provides the opportunity to do this important work. 
 
“For these reasons I am returning this legislation without my signature pursuant to Chapter II, Section 11 of the Vermont Constitution. I understand these charter changes are well-intentioned, but I ask the Legislature to revisit the issue of non-citizen voting in a more comprehensive manner and develop a statewide policy or a uniform template and process for those municipalities wishing to grant the right of voting in local elections to all legal residents.”
 
To view a complete list of action on bills passed during the 2021 legislative session, click here.
https://governor.vermont.gov/2021-legislative-session-bill-action
I have a distinct memory, many years ago, of Michele Murphy telling me that her son, Kyle, wanted to be an architect someday. Fast-forward to 2021 and the magnificent Founders Hall — dreamed, envisioned and designed by architect Kyle — is almost ready for its late summer opening. Remarkable experience to tour the construction site today with Seth Bongartz - Vermont State Representative and Rep. Kelly MacLaury PajalaThanks for the invite, Mark Tashjian! Burr and Burton Academy upward and onward.Image attachmentImage attachment

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VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE TO HOLD HEARINGS ON THE PUBLIC COMMENTS DRAFT OF THE 10-YEAR TELECOMMUNICATIONS PLAN

May 27 and June 1!

Vermonters are invited to comment on the future of broadband expansion in Vermont. This is Vermonters’ opportunity to provide feedback on the state’s strategies for broadband rollout and other telecommunications matters.

The Department will hold a public hearing on the public comments draft of the 10-year Telecommunications Plan on Thursday, May 27 at 6 p.m. and June 1 at 6 p.m. The Department is also soliciting written feedback from the public on this draft of the plan until Wednesday, June 5.

The Final Draft Plan will be issued June 1 and the Department will also hold additional public hearings after the Final Draft Plan is issued. Members of the public will be encouraged to provide comments on the Final Draft through the month of June. The Final Adopted Plan will be released June 30.

Written comments can be submitted to psd.telecom@vermont.gov or through a short survey that can be found at https://publicservice.vermont.gov/content/10-year-telecommunications-plan. Additional information, including information about upcoming hearings can be found at the Telecommunications Plan webpage.

https://publicservice.vermont.gov/announcements/vermont-department-public-service-hold-hearings-public-comments-draft-10-year
TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY WORKER VACCINE CLINICS:

Vaccine clinics for hospitality and tourism workers continue around the state, with more being confirmed soon. Registration is not required, and all clinics will have the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine available. While these clinics are targeted to the hospitality and tourism sector, they are also open to any sector employee or for family and friends of individuals in this sector.

Scheduled Vaccine Clinics:

June 1: The Equinox Resort in Manchester
https://accd.vermont.gov/content/manchester-tourism-and-hospitality-sector-vaccine-clinic

June 2: Southwestern Chamber of Commerce in Bennington
https://accd.vermont.gov/content/bennington-tourism-and-hospitality-sector-vaccine-clinic

If businesses are interested in creating pop-up clinics for their employees or customers or in having a vaccination booth at an upcoming event to help Vermont achieve its goal of getting 80% vaccinated, please submit your information through the Vaccine Clinic Request form. 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=O5O0IK26PEOcAnDtzHVZxtCca1xjwU5KryoKRILiB05UQzVDRU9RRFcyVEFPMTlOWTdGRFZOVldONiQlQCN0PWcu

The information you provide through this form will help the Department of Health assess the resources needed and if a clinic is feasible at your location in the coming weeks.
Last day of the session photo with House Education and our colleagues from Leg Counsel, Joint Fiscal Office, Agency of Education, and the advisory groups known affectionately and collectively as the Vs — together this session, we worked to consider, compromise and advance bills that will help schools and students across the state. Teamwork!

Kate Webb Lawrence P. Cupoli Jana Brown Erin McGuire Brady Terri Lynn Williams Casey Toof Jay Hooper Sarita Austin Kathleen James VT State Representative @Peter Conlon John Arrison Heather Bouchey @Ted Fisher and the Vermont School Boards Association Vermont Principals Association Vermont-NEA and @Jeff Francis of the VT Superintendents Association.

VERMONT HOUSE PASSES BUDGET FOR FY2022

The Vermont House of Representatives has passed H.439, the Fiscal Year 2022 budget, a $7.34 billion package of investments that centers the people of Vermont. The roll call vote was 148-0. We will soon hear from Governor Scott and adjourn.

H.439 strengthens systems and services that increase Vermonters' physical and mental health and well-being. It brings broadband and connectivity to rural communities. It invests in childcare to increase affordability and accessibility. It makes a massive investment in increasing affordable housing stock for low- and middle-income Vermonters. It prioritizes climate change, clean water, and begins to center racial and social equity in more of our investments. It begins a process of resolving our public pensions crisis.

This budget incorporates state General Funds, and CARES Act and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal dollars in creating an equitable recovery plan that invests in people - leaves no Vermonter behind - and rebuilds the economy in all 14 counties.

The legislature has appropriated $581 million in ARPA dollars in the FY2022 budget; and we will be coming to Vermonters across the state this summer to ask for your input and feedback regarding how we should spend the remaining $600 million. Stay tuned.

In the coming days, Seth and I will be working on our 2021 end-of-session report and scheduling summer events and constituent coffee hours.
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VERMONT HOUSE PASSES BUDGET FOR FY2022

The Vermont House of Representatives has passed H.439, the Fiscal Year 2022 budget, a $7.34 billion package of investments that centers the people of Vermont. The roll call vote was 148-0. We will soon hear from Governor Scott and adjourn. 

H.439 strengthens systems and services that increase Vermonters physical and mental health and well-being. It brings broadband and connectivity to rural communities. It invests in childcare to increase affordability and accessibility. It makes a massive investment in increasing affordable housing stock for low- and middle-income Vermonters. It prioritizes climate change, clean water, and begins to center racial and social equity in more of our investments. It begins a process of resolving our public pensions crisis.

This budget incorporates state General Funds, and CARES Act and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal dollars in creating an equitable recovery plan that invests in people - leaves no Vermonter behind - and rebuilds the economy in all 14 counties.

The legislature has appropriated $581 million in ARPA dollars in the FY2022 budget; and we will be coming to Vermonters across the state this summer to ask for your input and feedback regarding how we should spend the remaining $600 million. Stay tuned. 

In the coming days, Seth and I will be working on our 2021 end-of-session report and scheduling summer events and constituent coffee hours.

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I think that with some of the 250 million, the state should give each Vermonter a 1000 dollars voucher, to be spent only in Vermont, and only in stores or businesses that are Vermont owned... win win, people receive a wonderful gift, and Vermont economy benefits

Deep gratitude to you and to the legislation for passing this budget unanimously. I am especially grateful for the funding for climate action. To quote today's VPIRG email:On climate spending, here are a few of the highlights: $23 million for weatherization. This is going to cut energy bills and climate pollution for thousands of Vermont families (free, for low-income households), and support a major push in job training as well. $10 million for a new “Affordable Community-Scale Renewable Energy Program.” While some details are still being worked on, this program should support both solar and advanced wood heating options for low-income Vermonters, allowing thousands of families who would otherwise likely be unable to make an upfront investment in these clean energy options to do so. $5 million for the Clean Energy Development Fund, which will be used to further advance equity and climate action. $1.5 million for the Community Action Agencies to hire energy & financial advisors to work with low-income Vermonters and help them get on more solid financial footing, especially by reducing the burden their energy bills cause, by cutting fossil fuel use. $1 million for Regional Planning Commissions to work with municipalities around the state to implement their energy plans, from city halls being weatherized, to heating systems being upgraded, to downtown development and smart growth plans being fleshed out.

Mental Health is a major Priority!!! I will support that 1000%.