LEGISLATIVE WRAP UP October 7, 2020

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LEGISLATIVE WRAP UP October 7, 2020

The end of the 2019-2020 legislative session came at the fall of the gavel at 6:31 pm on Friday September 25. To say that the session was challenging is an understatement. COVID-19 created an unprecedented session; however, in the end, the Legislature, the Administration, and the Public managed to navigate. BILLS THAT PASSED THIS SESSION 

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE July 7, 2020

The Legislature recessed June 26, 2020 and will be back August 25, 2020. When the Legislature returns, they will be finishing the budget for rest of the fiscal year and review the stimulus bills that were passed. They may also work on other legislation that was not finished by June 26. The tentative plan for

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Financial Relief for the Forest Economy

On Friday, June 26, 2020, the Senate and house passed S. 351 to provide financial assistance to the agricultural community and included appropriations to the Forestry sector. The house amendment included appropriating $5,000,000 for the Forest Economy Stabilization Grant Program. Under this legislation, a Forest Product business that can demonstrate economic harm related to COVID-19

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE June 15, 2020

As we maneuver these very challenging times, I will continue to provide you with the most current information that I have, but please realize that things are changing very rapidly. Please stay informed and safe. *jane WEEK 23  Last Friday, the House passed S-350, An act relating to creating emergency economic recovery grants. This bill

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE June 8, 2020

As we maneuver these very challenging times, I will continue to provide you with the most current information that I have, but please realize that things are changing very rapidly. Please stay informed and safe. *Jane WEEK 21  As was reported previously, Governor Scott presented a $400 million economic relief package to jump start the

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE June 1, 2020

As we maneuver these very challenging times, I will continue to provide you with the most current information that I have, but please realize that things are changing very rapidly. Please stay informed and safe. *Jane WEEK 21  As I reported last week, Governor Scott proposed a $400 million economic relief package to jumpstart the

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE May 26, 2020

As we maneuver, these very challenging times, I will continue to provide you with the most current information that I have but please realize that things are changing very rapidly. Please stay informed and safe. *Jane WEEK 20  Last Wednesday Governor Phil Scott announced his proposal for a $400 million  economic relief and recovery package, using

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Working Lands Grants will Assist VT Ag businesses with COVID-19 planning and response

The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) plans to award a total of $180,000 in COVID-19 Response Business Development Grants within the sectors of agriculture and forestry. These funds are designed to complement business’s ability to maintain operations while increasing capacity to rebuild and/or recover during this unprecedented time of need. Approximately 20% of Vermont’s working

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE May 18, 2020

As we maneuver these very challenging times, I will continue to provide you with the most current information that I have, but please realize that things are changing very rapidly. Please stay informed and safe. *Jane WEEK 19  During last Wednesday and Friday press conferences, the Governor continued his stance of moving slowly and cautiously

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