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FRONT-LINE EMPLOYEES HAZARD PAY GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS TO OPEN FOR EMPLOYERS

Beginning Tuesday, August 4, public safety, public health, health care and human services employers whose employees worked to help mitigate or respond to COVID-19 may apply for hazard pay grant funds for their employees.

The Front-Line Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program was established in Act 136 of 2020 using Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars to pay eligible employees who worked during the COVID-19 public health emergency from March 13 through May 15, 2020.

The Hazard Pay Program allows covered employers to request funding to provide $1,200 or $2,000 in hazard pay to each employee who meets eligibility criteria. Eligibility is determined by conditions outlined by the Legislature in Act 136, including the risk of exposure to COVID-19, number of hours worked and employee’s hourly wage.

Grants will be awarded through an online application process and funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the Program’s $28 million in funding is allocated. When employers who applied are approved, they will receive the award amount.

Covered employers eligible to apply on behalf of their employees are defined by Act 136 to include:

• Ambulance service or first responder service
• Assisted living residence
• Dentist’s office or a dental facility
• Federally qualified health center, rural health clinic, or clinic for the uninsured
• Health care facility or a physician’s office
• Home health agency
• Homeless shelter
• Morgue
• Nursing home residence
• Provider of necessities and services to vulnerable or disadvantaged populations
• Residential care home
• Residential treatment program licensed by DCF
• Therapeutic community residence
• Therapy provider contracted by a home health agency or nursing home

In addition, AHS is working with ARIS Solutions, the fiscal agent for the employers of Independent Direct Support Providers, to support the administration of grant funding to eligible Independent Direct Support Providers.

For more information, to apply using the online application (beginning Tuesday, August 4) and to sign up to receive periodic updates, please visit the Agency of Human Services’ website at humanservices.vermont.gov.
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Daycare centers who remained open for essential workers’ children?

Is this just Vermont? I run a Dr office in IL. Would like to get this for our employees.

Hey, early voters: If youre voting by mail, todays the day that Secretary of State Jim Condos recommends as the last day to drop your ballot in the mail. That ensures enough time for your ballot to arrive at your town clerks office. All ballots must arrive by the time the polls close on primary day — next Tuesday, August 11. You can also drop off your ballot — or vote in person on Election Day.

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Wishing all the best. Please vote for Kathleen!

Sunny Saturday campaign day! A little honk and wave session at the roundabout with Debbie Ingram and then a yard-sign delivery drive around the district. If you’re voting by mail, safe bet is to get your ballot stamped and sent by this Monday. Final countdown to the August 11 primary is underway!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Good luck this week, Kathleen James! You have given your hard work and great smarts to Vermont; here's to you and another term!

POP-UP HONK AND WAVE TODAY AT THE ROUNDABOUT FROM 10:30 TO 11:30!

Join us if you can — for a few minutes or for an hour. Wear a mask, keep your friendly social distance, and show you support for Kathleen James VT State Representative and Seth Bongartz for VT State Representative. If you can't come in person, drive by and give us a honk.

After our impromptu event, we're delivering some yard signs around the district -- let us know if you want one, and we'll come plant it for you. 🙂

If you're voting by mail, get your ballot stamped and mailed to allow plenty of time. All ballots must arrive at your town clerk's office by 5 pm on primary day — next Tuesday, August 11. Right around the corner!
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Pop-up honk-and-wave! Join me and Seth Bongartz for VT State Representative tomorrow (Saturday) at the roundabout from 10:30 to 11:30 for a little campaign outing as the Democratic primary approaches. If you’re dropping by, please wear a mask and keep your friendly social distance. If you’re driving by, give a honk for our campaign! We’re delivering yard signs afterward — let us know if you want one. 😀

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I would love to have a conversation with both of you and anyone else running to see what the future holds for under insured and underpaid vermonters who are now struggling more than ever

I will be there!

I wish I could be there! Next one!

Really excited to be the House appointee to the Select Committee on the Future of Public Higher Education in Vermont! Established by the legislature in late June, this new 15-member panel has two missions:

1. To take a hard look at the urgent needs of the Vermont State College system while ...

2. Developing a vision and plan for a high-quality, affordable, and workforce-connected future for public higher education in our state.

Were just getting started. You can see the committee roster and follow our work in the coming months at our new webpage. 

Cant wait to contribute to this committee as a member of the House Education Committee and the New England Board of Higher Education. Looking forward to working with and learning from people like CCV president Joyce Judy, VSC Chancellor Sophie Zdatny, UVM president Suresh Garimella, and other committee members with a wide range of expertise.

https://ljfo.vermont.gov/committees-and-studies/select-committee-on-the-future-of-public-higher-education-in-ve

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Congratulations, Kathleen! You will be a great asset to the committee!

Congatulations! I want to put a word in for inclusion of traditional liberal arts core subjects: Literature, math, science, history, political science, philosophy. We want to develop good citizens of the world. Recently The WSJ and other business magazines have noted the value of the humanities in any career. Look at the mess we are in with a country full of people who have no respect for science. and no sense of history. I hope you aslo offer art and music as electives.

Kath - I'm so glad you're on the committee! I had hoped to be appointed, but alas, was not. So, I'd love to hear your reports of how it's going, and what I might be able to do to help. Good luck!

Sounds like a really important committee.

You are the perfect addition to this committee looking at our system of higher ed - dedicated, intelligent and insightful . Congratulations!

I so very happy just to find we have a committee for this important topic!! Congrats!! If you were in the chain of posts to save VTC, you saw A LOT of what Vermont needs and wants in the text of those posts. If not, conversations with Vermont Technical College should expose quite a bit!! Thanks for taking this on, good job!

This is amazing news. Thank you so much for taking this on and for bringing your experience and voice to such an important area.

You are the right person for this job. Not easy. Very important! Thank you for taking this on

This is so exciting! So glad you are willing to serve in this way.

Awesome news!! You will bring so much!!

Awesome! Nobody better 💜

Well deserved!

I know you will be a real asset in the Education Committee! Congratulations, Kath.

Woo hoo - congrats!! They couldn’t have picked a better person.

I’m reassured to know that you’ll be serving! I know your deep research and careful skills will benefit the process and the future of VT Ed!

I echo what carol said, they are the lucky ones to have you!🤗

Congratulations, Kath. The board is lucky to have you.

You are the perfect person for this job, Kath. You will bring diligence, perseverance, and on open and curious mind. Congratulations!

Congrats, and a great choice!

So proud of you, Kath. As Stephanie said, you will be such an asset to the team and this important work!

So great! You will bring so much. Thank you for serving!

Excellent. You will be such an asset!

Kath, I am happy for VT’s learners that you are on this important committee. Thank you!

Congratulations! You’re a great addition to this group.

Excellent! Congrats.

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HOUSE COMMITTEES TO HOLD LIVE-STREAMED HEARINGS ON LAW ENFORCEMENT IN VERMONT: AUGUST 6, 12 AND 16.

Register now to give testimony at these public hearings or fill out the Social Equity Caucus survey to share your experience and ideas with.

Links and information below >>>

On August 6, 12, and 16, the Vermont House Government Operations and House Judiciary Committees will be co-hosting virtual meetings to obtain input from community members on proposed changes to law enforcement in Vermont. We urge you to participate and to forward this message to anyone you think would be interested in attending.

The meetings will be held on August 6 at 1:00 p.m., August 12 at 6:00 p.m., and August 16 at 4:00 p.m. To register to give testimony at one of these hearings, please fill out the registration form here:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Links/…

Testimony should be limited to two minutes. Individuals will be able to access the meetings through their computers or phones. The meetings will be Live Streamed here:

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/…

If you are unable to attend or do not wish to speak at one of the meetings and still want to provide input, please fill out the Social Equity Caucus survey at

https://surveymonkey.com/r/SECpolicereformsurvey/.

The national reaction to events over the past several months has brought systemic racism in the United States into dramatic focus. While Vermont’s legislature has pursued many efforts over recent years to begin to identify and address implicit bias, recognition of the urgency of this work has grown, particularly related to law enforcement. In response, the legislature is considering ideas on how police practices in the State should change, including policies on use of force, citizen oversight, use of body cameras, hiring and training of police officers, and other relevant issues.

Before the legislature returns from recess at the end of August, the two primary House committees working on these issues want to engage Vermonters who may be affected by these policies. The committees seek to hear about Vermonters’ experiences with law enforcement in Vermont. They also seek residents’ suggestions on how to improve interactions between the police and communities of color and other marginalized groups. The public will be able to provide input on specific bills that are already before the legislature, including Senate bills 119 and 124 and House bills 464 and 808, and weigh in on priorities for change that are not included in the existing bills.

We look forward to hearing from you.
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HOUSE COMMITTEES TO HOLD LIVE-STREAMED HEARINGS ON LAW ENFORCEMENT IN VERMONT: AUGUST 6, 12 AND 16. 

Register now to give testimony at these public hearings or fill out the Social Equity Caucus survey to share your experience and ideas with.

Links and information below >>>

On August 6, 12, and 16, the Vermont House Government Operations and House Judiciary Committees will be co-hosting virtual meetings to obtain input from community members on proposed changes to law enforcement in Vermont. We urge you to participate and to forward this message to anyone you think would be interested in attending.

The meetings will be held on August 6 at 1:00 p.m., August 12 at 6:00 p.m., and August 16 at 4:00 p.m.  To register to give testimony at one of these hearings, please fill out the registration form here: 

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Links/Public-Hearing-LE

Testimony should be limited to two minutes.  Individuals will be able to access the meetings through their computers or phones.  The meetings will be Live Streamed here:  

https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/streaming/house-judiciary

If you are unable to attend or do not wish to speak at one of the meetings and still want to provide input, please fill out the Social Equity Caucus survey at 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SECpolicereformsurvey.

The national reaction to events over the past several months has brought systemic racism in the United States into dramatic focus. While Vermont’s legislature has pursued many efforts over recent years to begin to identify and address implicit bias, recognition of the urgency of this work has grown, particularly related to law enforcement. In response, the legislature is considering ideas on how police practices in the State should change, including policies on use of force, citizen oversight, use of body cameras, hiring and training of police officers, and other relevant issues. 

Before the legislature returns from recess at the end of August, the two primary House committees working on these issues want to engage Vermonters who may be affected by these policies.  The committees seek to hear about Vermonters’ experiences with law enforcement in Vermont.  They also seek residents’ suggestions on how to improve interactions between the police and communities of color and other marginalized groups. The public will be able to provide input on specific bills that are already before the legislature, including Senate bills 119 and 124 and House bills 464 and 808, and weigh in on priorities for change that are not included in the existing bills.

We look forward to hearing from you.

$2 MILLION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO HELP MORE VERMONTERS ACCESS BROADBAND

Department of Public Service Will Distribute Through Line Extension Consumer Assistance Program

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced that the Vermont Department of Public Service has launched a Line Extension Customer Assistance Program (LECAP). LECAP provides up to $3,000 in assistance to help consumers extend telecommunications lines to their homes, with $2 million in total funds available.

This program was passed through Act 137 and developed in response to the COVID-19 emergency to help Vermonters access broadband.

“For the teacher or student living at the end of the dirt road with no internet access, the LECAP could be a lifeline,” said June Tierney, commissioner of Public Service. “This is a great opportunity for qualifying Vermonters who need broadband service but have not been able to afford the full cost of a line extension.”

Access to broadband (high-speed internet service) has proved critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for students, patients and teleworkers accessing education, health care services and virtual offices due to closures and other pandemic mitigation measures. Hundreds of Vermonters without 25/3 Mbps broadband service live just out of the reach of current cable and other Internet Service Providers’ networks. Extending these networks to unserved and underserved areas can be expensive and the full cost can be unaffordable for those looking to take this step.

Under this program, up to $3,000 in financial assistance is available to offset the customer cost portion of a line extension. For details about how to qualify for the LECAP, Vermonters should call the department at 800-622-4496 or visit the department’s Line Extension Customer Assistance Program webpage. All line extensions funded through this program must be completed on or before December 30, 2020. Additional information can be accessed at .
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$2 MILLION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO HELP MORE VERMONTERS ACCESS BROADBAND

Department of Public Service Will Distribute Through Line Extension Consumer Assistance Program
 
Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced that the Vermont Department of Public Service has launched a Line Extension Customer Assistance Program (LECAP). LECAP provides up to $3,000 in assistance to help consumers extend telecommunications lines to their homes, with $2 million in total funds available.
 
This program was passed through Act 137 and developed in response to the COVID-19 emergency to help Vermonters access broadband.
 
“For the teacher or student living at the end of the dirt road with no internet access, the LECAP could be a lifeline,” said June Tierney, commissioner of Public Service. “This is a great opportunity for qualifying Vermonters who need broadband service but have not been able to afford the full cost of a line extension.”
 
Access to broadband (high-speed internet service) has proved critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for students, patients and teleworkers accessing education, health care services and virtual offices due to closures and other pandemic mitigation measures. Hundreds of Vermonters without 25/3 Mbps broadband service live just out of the reach of current cable and other Internet Service Providers’ networks. Extending these networks to unserved and underserved areas can be expensive and the full cost can be unaffordable for those looking to take this step.
 
Under this program, up to $3,000 in financial assistance is available to offset the customer cost portion of a line extension. For details about how to qualify for the LECAP, Vermonters should call the department at 800-622-4496 or visit the department’s Line Extension Customer Assistance Program webpage. All line extensions funded through this program must be completed on or before December 30, 2020. Additional information can be accessed at https://publicservice.vermont.gov.
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Gov. Scott issues a statewide mask mandate for all public indoor and outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible. Strongly support this decision to keep Vermont safe and healthy.

More info in VTDigger:

https://vtdigger.org/2020/07/…Today, to help protect the progress we've made combating COVID-19 and stay one of the healthiest states in the nation, I signed an Order that will require masks to be worn in public spaces, both indoor and outdoor, where physical distancing is not possible.

Because Vermonters have followed Health Department guidance and cared for one another, our positivity rate is frequently the lowest in the country, and right now, we have fewer cases than any other state.

Importantly, we haven’t lost a Vermonter to this virus in over a month.

But looking at the situation in the South and West, and with modeling showing outbreaks may be spreading back toward the Northeast, we need to protect our hard-won gains. This is a much better approach than having to roll things back, like they’ve done in states like California.

I’ve said all along, mandating masks doesn’t necessarily make it so. That’s why we’ll continue to move forward with our education campaign, because reducing the spread of the virus, and keeping Vermont healthy and open is the ultimate goal.

First, I want to acknowledge there are some who can’t wear a mask, for health reasons like asthma, or other conditions. So, let’s give each other the benefit of the doubt.

For those Vermonters who don’t fall into this category but have resisted wearing a mask, I’m ASKING you to look at the data, the REAL data, not just something you see on Facebook. The science is real and wearing a mask will help your family, friends and neighbors stay healthy.

So if we want our kids to go back to school; if we want the place we work, or eat, or shop to stay open; if we want our health care system and hospital beds to be available when we need help; then wearing a mask and physically distancing is the best way to do that.

So please, help us out -- wear a mask -- not just because it’s mandated, but because it’s the right thing to do for our seniors, for our kids, for our own health, and for our economy. #MasksOnVT
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Gov. Scott issues a statewide mask mandate for all public indoor and outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible. Strongly support this decision to keep Vermont safe and healthy.

More info in VTDigger:

https://vtdigger.org/2020/07/24/scott-orders-mask-mandate/?utm_source=VTDigger+Subscribers+and+Donors&utm_campaign=2776ff10d8-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_07_24_03_54&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dc3c5486db-2776ff10d8-405738569

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So this mandate says masks, the school plan says Faceshield alone are allowed (page 12 bottom of the doc). Which do we teachers follow inside the building?

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Thanks for posting Kath!