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Final Decision on Housing Action Plan Postponed

The Burlington City Council will seek more public input before approving the Mayor’s Housing Action Plan. At Monday’s City Council Meeting, the plan received praise and criticism from about a dozen speakers. The proposed plan addresses challenges in accessibility, affordability, parking, financing, and the impact of college and university students.  Kelly Devine, Executive Director of the Burlington Business Association, called for approval of the plan. According to the Burlington Free Press, Devine said: “there isn't enough housing stock for pretty much every segment of our community. It's hurting our ability to thrive and grow.”

 
 

Richard Deane appointed Chair of BBA Board of Directors

The Burlington Business Association (BBA) has appointed Richard Deane of TruexCullins Architecture as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. Richard Deane officially took over the seat of Chair last month at the BBA’s 37th annual dinner celebration with the ceremonial handing over of the gavel by retiring Chair, Tom Brassard. 

Legislature Raises Funds to Clean Up Lake Champlain

With the close of the Legistlative Session, VT Lawmakers "raised some money designed to clean up Lake Champlain... while polls show most Vermonters – even those outside the Lake Champlain watershed – are willing to spend the money, there is far less agreement on who should be taxed, and how. " - VT Digger

"The Senate voted 27-2 to pass a $7.5 million water quality bill, H.35, that is funded in part by a 0.2 percent surcharge on the state’s property transfer tax. The bill also includes fees on pollution permits, medium and large farm registrations, and the sale of non-agricultural fertilizer and pesticides. The House voted Wednesday to concur with the bill, sending it to the governor’s desk. Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he supports it." Read the full VT Digger article

State Does Not Add a Payroll Tax to Fund Healthcare

This weekend's ending of the Legislative Session saw significant changes to some of the proposed bills, including some important items for the Vermont business community:

Payroll Tax Rejected

"Lawmakers and the governor reached a deal to pass a health care package that, as one senator put it, will “keep the lights on” for health care reform... Six months ago Vermont was poised to move forward with an ambitious single payer health care plan. In December, Gov. Peter Shumlin pulled the plug on the initiative, which would have been largely funded through a payroll tax, because he said Vermont couldn’t afford to pay for a publicly financed health care program. Lawmakers rejected the payroll tax, and struggled to find funding for a greatly diminished health care bill." Read the full article from Vermont Digger here.

Paid Sick Leave Passes

On April 24th, Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill that would mandate that employers provide at least three days of paid time off by 2016. The minimum requirement increases to five days of paid leave on Jan. 1, 2018. Part-time workers are covered. Read the full article from Vermont Digger here. 

 

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