Virtual Town Hall Meeting Dates

TUESDAY, APRIL 21

Self Employed Update – PUA ProgramTime: 2:00pmOverview: Update on the application process and implementation of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), providing unemployment benefits for those previously not eligible. This includes Self Employed, Independent Contractors and Sole Proprietors, among others.Speakers: Michael Harrington (Interim Commissioner) and Cameron Wood (Director, Unemployment …

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Online Recovery Meetings & Resources

For Those in need of recovery services I received this
information:

Online Recovery Meetings/Resources:

ONLINE RECOVERY RESOURCES/MEETINGS:

https://unityrecovery.org/digital-recovery-meetings 
Offering online recovery support groups which will be available four times daily
at 9AM, 12PM, 3PM, and 9PM EST. 

https://www.12step.org/social/online-meetings/ 
Offers a variety of online meetings and various other outside resources 

https://www.AA-intergroup.org 
Offers online meetings with specialized topics with a variety of meeting
formats (i.e. chat, text, e-mail, etc.) 

https://www.addictionrecoveryguide.org/…/on…/online_meetings 
Offers a variety of online communications, including chat rooms, message
boards, etc. They also offer online media and online meetings with specific
meeting topics (i.e. cocaine anonymous) 

https://www.intherooms.com/home/ 
Offers online meetings with specialized topics. …

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Update on COVID-19

Update on COVID-19

AT THE STATEHOUSE

Last week, Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson asked House Committees  to address the ramifications of COVID-19 in Vermont and what actions we can take. Each committee developed a list and— when legislation was called for— legislative counsel drafted it, committees took testimony and worked to edit it, and those committees came to the House Floor where we voted unanimously to approve each piece of legislation. We remained at the State House until our work was complete, working across party lines and suspending rules …

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Town Meeting Legislative Update-Part Two

Renter Rebate

We have fought to protect the Renter Rebate Program from attacks since the day we started representing Burlington in the State House. The goals of renter rebate reform are to simplify the process and reduce the error rate of returns (which is currently at 66%). The House is working on a proposal to redefine income for this program, moving away from modified adjusted gross income, and to revise the program so that the landlord certificate is significantly simplified. To calculate rebate, the  Ways and Means …

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Town Meeting Legislative Update-Part One

Our legislative goals

Take action on climate change-the House passed the Global Warming Solutions Act which Vermont’s unmet climate goals into requirements. There are several other bills in the works that address climate change from the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI), to modernizing Act 250 (our land use law) to increasing access to telemedicine, and all of the climate initiatives Curt is putting into the annual Transportation Budget.

Raise the minimum Wage-both the House and Senate supported giving hardworking Vermonters a raise. The bill would raise the wage from $10.96 …

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Legislative Update

Legislative Update

Hello,
The pace at the State House is picking up as we work on advancing policies that
create an economy that works for everyone, not just a select few. Vermont
faces its share of challenges and opportunities. We have a plan of action to
give all Vermonters a fair shot and ensure a strong future.

I’m deeply disappointed the Governor vetoed the bill to raise the minimum wage for Vermonters, this is his second veto on this issue. The bill would raise the minimum wage to $11.75 in 2021 and $12.55 in …

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Remembering Paul Bruhn

Remembering Paul Bruhn

Today we passed a resolution honoring and remembering Paul Bruhn. Paul had an incredible passion for Vermont and for bringing people together. I think Senator Leahy said it best: “Paul became the founding executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont in 1980 and since then he has helped the Preservation Trust save countless architectural treasures in every corner of the state, helped reinvent communities that had eroded through years of neglect, and helped our state capitalize on its unique identity. There is hardly a …

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Jill Krowinski: House Dems’ plan of action

Jill Krowinski: House Dems’ plan of action

Last week, Vermonters from all corners of the state returned to the Statehouse for the 2020 legislative session. The speaker kicked off the first day with her vision to create an economy that works for everyone, not just a select few. Vermont faces its share of challenges and opportunities. We have a plan of action to give all Vermonters a fair shot and ensure a strong Vermont future.

During the 2019 session, House Democrats led initiatives to move all 14 counties forward. We invested in child …

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Economic Progress – Becca Balint & Jill Krowinski: Making progress on an economy that works for everyone.

Economic Progress – Becca Balint & Jill Krowinski: Making progress on an economy that works for everyone.

There’s an expression we have around the Vermont Statehouse that goes: “That’s too ‘inside-baseball’ for anyone outside Montpelier.” The term “inside-baseball” dates back to the 1890s when it referred to a style of baseball that relied on more nuanced and finessed aspects of the game — bunts, stolen bases, and singles — instead of power hits. It took on its modern meaning in the 1950s when it was used to describe the inner workings, minutiae, and details of politics that would only be interesting to …

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2018 Legislative Wrap Up-Part 2

Mitigating Systemic Racism in State Government
The phrase “systemic racism” is used to talk about all of the policies and practices entrenched in established institutions that harm certain racial groups and help others. “Systemic” distinguishes between individual racism or overt discrimination and refers to the way racism operates in major parts of US society: the economy, criminal justice, housing, education, and more. There are a number of racial disparities in Vermont state systems that are troubling:

Vermont African American state employees have a voluntary separation rate that …

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