2021 Legislative Survey Results

The 2021 legislative season is now in full swing, albeit remotely. A new Speaker of the House, Senate Pro Tempore, and Lieutenant Governor have been sworn in and the difficult task of identifying legislative priorities and lawmaking have begun.

In order to further our goal of advocating for issues that boost working class Vermonters, this year we have decided to survey the Campaign for Vermont followers about what issues impact their daily lives to most, what is most likely to improve the social and financial situation of a family, and what issues people would most like to see the legislature tackle. Here are the results!

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Legislative Update - Feb 21, 2021

We should know in a couple weeks what bills will make it and which won't. Right now though it's not very clear. Many of the legislature's biggest initiatives appear to have either stalled, hit roadblocks, or lack clear direction.

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Legislative Update - Feb 14, 2021

There was some big news this week from the legislature. Some of it positive, some not so much.

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Legislative Update - Feb 7, 2021

This is it! Our first legislative update of the year.

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Commentary: Basic Ethics are Common Sense

Voltaire famously said, “common sense is not so common.” This rings especially true for those who have spent years advocating for not just stronger language, but ANY real Vermont State Code of Ethics. Session after session, Montpelier performs all manner of gymnastics to put off adopting the statutes that will, if nothing else, give Vermonters the faith and confidence that there is some mechanism of accountability for our Government Officials.

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Vermont's Supplemental Budget Adjustment

Vermont’s Supplement Budget Adjustments due to the current pandemic have been in the news recently. But how many Vermonters know what it is and what impact it has on the State’s yearly budget? 

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ILO Director-General makes case for CTE

High-level supporting arguments for investing in skills-based and applied-science training. 
 
"Guy Ryder, ILO [International Labor Organization] director-general, said if young people’s 'talent and energy is side-lined by a lack of opportunity or skills it will damage all our futures and make it much more difficult to re-build a better, post-COVID economy.'
 
He argued that 'significant and immediate action' needed to be taken to improve their situation, with the ILO recommending programs guaranteeing employment and training be implemented in both developed, as well as low- and middle-income economies."
 
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/27/coronavirus-effects-on-the-young-could-lead-to-a-lockdown-generation.html

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