The truth about the “bag ban”

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This week you’ve likely started to hear rumblings about the proposed “bag ban” in Vermont.  When you hear about this on VPR, or read about it in another media source please remember one thing. This is not a bag ban.   You see, there are two bills being discussed in the Vermont House right now.  Both ...

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Retirement Security bill passes through Senate!

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S.135, an economic omnibus bill that includes the establishment of a public retirement plan for Vermonters, has successfully passed through the Senate! Now in the House Commerce and Economic Development and Government Operations committees, the bill follows recommendations from a report brought to the legislature earlier this year by the Public Retirement Study Committee, chaired by ...

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We’re hiring!

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Are you a passionate defender of the public interest? Do you love Vermont and want to work to make it an even better place to live? Join our team at VPIRG – Vermont’s largest non-profit consumer and environmental protection organization. ——————————————– Full Time Positions: Development Manager: Leader and collaborator.  Experienced fundraiser. Compelling writer and storyteller. Detail-oriented project manager. Passionate ...

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Legislative Update: Toxic Chemical Reform Moves Forward

VPIRG's Paul Burns testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy in support of protecting Vermonters from toxic chemicals

S. 103 passed through the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee last Friday with unanimous support. The bill has since been approved by the Senate Finance Committee, and just needs to clear the Senate Appropriations Committee before it reaches the Senate floor for a discussion and vote. In the meantime, the House Natural Resources, Fish and ...

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2017 Legislative Midpoint Overview

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Since the start of the 2017 legislative session, VPIRG members and supporters have been more active than ever: signing petitions, calling the State House, sending messages to and meeting with legislators on a wide range of public interest issues. VPIRG has been doing all that we can to fight back against federal attacks on the important ...

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VT FaMLI moves to Ways & Means

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After weeks of testimony, the paid family and medical leave bill was passed out of the House General, Housing & Military Affairs Committee last Friday. H.196 proposes a statewide family and medical leave insurance (VT FaMLI) program that would provide up to 12 weeks of paid time off for employees needing extended time for a birth, ...

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Secure retirement for all Vermonters

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The numbers don’t look good: almost half of all private-sector employees in Vermont lack access to a retirement plan through their employer, and for those who are able to save, it’s often “insufficient”. In fact, the average balance for Vermonters with defined contribution accounts is the lowest in the country.Better retirement savings would strengthen the financial ...

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Legislative Update: Toxic Chemical Reform

VPIRG's Paul Burns testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy in support of protecting Vermonters from toxic chemicals

The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee has been reviewing S. 103, the toxic chemical reform bill based on recommendations from a working group convened in response to PFOA contamination in Vermont. The comprehensive recommendations suggested by the working group would expand and strengthen our toxic chemical regulations, provide more information to communities, and help our ...

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