Act 250 changes breakdown

Vermont's Act 250 is a huge and complicated beast. H.926, An Act Related To Making Changes to Act 250 was voted out of the House Natural Resources Committee 6-3-2 this week.

As listed by Representative Sibilia, here is a breakdown of the changes happening to this landmark bill.

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Update: House Education Committee Considers Pre-K Reform

House Ed heard testimony last week on reforms and updates to Vermont’s statewide pre-kindergarten program. Advocates are arguing to expand and extend the program, to improve services to students with disabilities, to overhaul the government oversight of the program and to tighten credentialing requirements for programs and teachers. Sarah Kenney of Let's Grow Kids provided a thorough analysis of the issues in her very detailed testimony.


Among issues that have come up among committee members is whether the bill should recognize the accreditations granted to staff in Montessori schools by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education. The Vermont Independent Schools Association is preparing testimony to be presented this week to show that the quality and legitimacy of this group’s credentialing meets the standards envisioned in the pre-K bill.


Ethics Advances (thanks to you)

More than 30 of you made calls and sent emails, and you were heard! On Wednesday the Senate Committee on Government Operations passed out S.198 by unanimous voice vote. During the discussion, committee members specifically referred to these calls and emails as influencing factors in their decision. Great work!

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Good news for NEK young professionals

As reported by Newport Dispatch News, young professionals networking in the Northeast Kingdom recently got a boost.

"The Northeast Kingdom Young Professionals Network (NEK YPN) recently received a $3,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Northeast Kingdom Fund.

The grant will help further NEK YPN’s mission of supporting young professionals both socially and professionally by expanding outreach efforts and promoting a new Welcome Wagon Program."

Read the full article here. 


Vermont Recognized for Remote Worker Relocation Program

Vermont recently received recognition from the Rockefeller Institute for Government as being a leader in adapting to new labor trends. 

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Workforce Update: December 2019


Focus, Vermont. Focus.

At the behest of a single citizen, Montpelier is looking at a bill that would allow Vermonters to purchase a license plate with an emoji on it. For those that aren't aware, emojis are those little circular face icons that are usually smiling, frowning, wearing goofy glasses, etc. The stated claim is that sales of the plate would bring a “revenue boon” and attract more people to Vermont. Consider this: the $26 conservation plates currently offered only bring in roughly $140,000 annually. It’s hard to imagine enough additional people would be willing to shell out for a plate with a $2 sticker on it to create a boon for anyone other than the sticker printers. And maybe I am out of touch, but who in their right mind would choose to move their life based on a license plate?

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Government Transparency Update: Public Records Requests




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