House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) commented, “systemic racism stacks the rules and expectations of our society against Black, Indigenous and People of Color. In order to build a truly just and equitable society, we must be committed to breaking down structural racism. It is incumbent upon all of us to recognize it, name it, fight it, and right the centuries of wrong. People of all races, genders, and identities should feel welcome and at home in Vermont, yet in order for this to be true, there is work to be done.”
The climate crisis is upon us and will not wait until we are ready. We need a plan for our state and a government that is accountable to that plan. Vermonters demand it, and our future generations depend upon it. We heard from Vermonters loud and clear that climate change is a top priority. This bill is critical to setting our state on the path to a strong future. I’m proud of the action the House took to override the Governor’s veto of this bill today, and I look forward to seeing this bill become law after action in the Senate.
Vermonters and Vermont businesses need relief now. The Coronavirus Relief Funds Recovery Package – H.966, H.965, and S.351 – were delivered to the Governor’s desk on June 30th. Vermonters need him to sign the bills now to ensure the money reaches the people and businesses that are waiting for it.
Vermont House advances second economic development package of $121 million & $16 million for services for homelessness
These amendments are essential supports for Vermonters and Vermont businesses in their time of extraordinary need. This economic development package, coupled with the immediate economic relief in S.350, make our specific business economic development total over $191 million.
The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the vast inequities between Vermonters who are connected and those who are not. This means a difference in access to education and learning for Vermont kids, access to telework options for workers, and access to filing for unemployment insurance for laid-off Vermonters.