The Remote Worker Grant Program (RWGP) is an economic development initiative launched by the VT legislature in 2018. The RWGP provides funds to professionals who want to relocate to Vermont but still maintain employment out-of-state. These funds are used to offset their cost of moving here. According to the Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s Department of Economic Development (ACCD), the managing entity of this program, this program benefits Vermonters “by increasing the population of taxpayers in the state as well as increasing the number of children enrolled in Vermont schools. It also helps to build the employment base as Vermont faces a workforce shortage and employers are struggling to find workers.”Read more
It is not quite the legislative-kickoff season, but things are heating up nonetheless. The team at Campaign for Vermont is hard at work putting the finishing touches on our upcoming goals and strategies. We will be pushing hard for funding of a robust and effective Ethics Commission; we will be presenting proposals to boost school revenues WITHOUT raising taxes; we will be working with partners on initiatives that aim to ensure a strong and modern workforce while reducing barriers to education and training opportunities; and we will be introducing legislation which will establish a revolutionary financial accountability system. All of this in addition to our constant support of efforts to increase accountability and transparency in Vermont government.
You will be receiving more on all of that soon. In the meantime, here are some articles you may helpful and interesting.
I, and the whole CFV team, appreciate your engagement and involvement. We look forward to a busy and effective legislative session. Thank you for being a supporter of our efforts to achieve a more prosperous Vermont, for all Vermonters.
Vermont, we have a unique opportunity on our hands. When the legislative session kicks off this January, lawmakers will be asked to re-allocate funds for the newly created Ethics Committee, and in doing so take a critical step towards a foundational element of a more prosperous state. It is up to us to demand action. If we cannot trust government officials to act in our best interest, then reforms in healthcare, education, and economic development will never reach their full potential.Read more
Did you know that Campaign for Vermont has a TV show? Vote for Vermont hosts sit down with guests every week to take a deep dive into a broad array of topics. Recent shows covered beer brewing, the Cog Railway, freedom of speech, the opioid crisis, farming, and an interview with Lt. Governor David Zuckerman. Vote for Vermont serves as an educational platform that serves to present detailed information from which the viewer can draw their own opinion.
Press Release: McClure Foundation Awards $345,000 to Programs that Increase Access to College and Career Education in Vermont
The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation is planning for the 2019-2020 school year by awarding $345,000 in grants to programs across the state that improve equitable access to postsecondary and career education. A supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, the McClure Foundation envisions a Vermont where no promising job goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant.
On July 23rd, the Green Mountain Care Board hosted a public comment forum regarding the requested rate increases for health insurance by Blue Cross Blue Shield and MVP. There were dozens of people in attendance, many of whom shared painful and personal stories of the real impact rate increases have had, and will have, on their lives.
Campaign for Vermont's Executive Director was in attendance and made the following statement in opposition to the proposed rate increases.
This commentary is by John Pelletier, Director of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College.
On July 10, Fitch, a major credit agency, reduced Vermont’s bond rating. This was expected, after Moody’s, another large credit agency reduced Vermont’s bond rating in October. Both rating agencies have the same concerns about Vermont and its economy. As a result, future state and municipal borrowings costs will increase.
Why is this happening? Because Vermont faces daunting “economic and demographic headwinds.” We have heard these concerns for years. Vermont’s population and its workforce is flat or declining, our economic growth is slow and our citizens are old. And our state’s unfunded pension and health care liability for current and future teacher and state employee retirees is large and growing.Read more