State Services, Budget, Revenue

Investing in Vermont’s people, Infrastructure & Good Government

Stephanie Yu discusses the Public Assets Institute's new report, A Framework for Progress. Stephanie makes the case that Vermont's political leadership should focus on three fundamental initiatives to move the state forward:
Ensure that work pays and all Vermont families can meet their basic needs.
• Make smart, evidence-based investments in programs and infrastructure.

Vermont's Underpaid Judicial Workers

Bill Capasso discusses the Critical Situation Facing the Vermont Judiciary. An extremely high number of Docket Clerks have resigned or otherwise left their jobs since the beginning of this fiscal year. Employees who loved their jobs left the Judiciary because they could not afford to give up better paying options.

The State Employees Agenda for Good Government

Dr. Leslie Matthews, Vermont State Employees Association Legislative Committee Chair, and state employee retiree Tony Smith discuss the State Employees Agenda for Good Government . VSEA members have overwhelmingly endorsed an ambitious legislative agenda for the upcoming 2014 session.

Fairness & Respect for Vermont State College Employees

Adam Norton, strategic analyst for the Vermont State Employees Association, discusses the reality facing the 250 blue and pink collar workers at the State Colleges who are presently working without a contract. The workers are trying to maintain their secure retirement, and seeking to get their pay up to a livable wage so that they don't have to rely on state assistance.

Why We Should Stand up for the Rights of All Families & Oppose Reach Up Caps

Melissa Bourque explains why we should stand up for the rights of all families and oppose Reach Up caps. The House Human Services and Budget committees had a close vote to impose lifetime limits on Reach Up participants, mostly children and single moms. This would mean families get kicked off of necessary programs after an arbitrary time limit. We should be discussing how to create policy that puts people first, not how to destroy the little we have to support our communities.

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