Let’s Make Vermont the Most Voter-Friendly State in the Nation

Let’s Make Vermont the Most Voter-Friendly State in the Nation

Our democracy is under attack right now in states across the country. In fact, more than 250 anti-voter bills have been introduced in at least 43 states. The new Georgia law (which, among other things, makes it a crime to give food and water to a voter standing in line at the polls) is so ...

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VT Senate Passes Bill to Make Child Care a Campaign Expense

VT Senate Passes Bill to Make Child Care a Campaign Expense

In a unanimous final vote on Thursday, April 1, the Vermont Senate passed H.10, a bill that allows candidates to use campaign funds to cover the expense of dependent care while running for office. Having passed final reading in the House on March 17th, H.10 will now head to the Governor’s desk.   While Vermont has ...

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March Legislative Update

March Legislative Update

We’re past the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session, and even though we released a legislative update just four weeks ago, we’ve already made amazing progress on a wide range of key public interest initiatives. From advancing the most comprehensive PFAS legislation to addressing Vermont’s digital divide to passing much needed reforms to our democracy ...

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PUC Extends Halt on Utility Disconnections

PUC Extends Halt on Utility Disconnections

On Monday, the Vermont Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued an order that would extend the moratorium on involuntary utility disconnections due to nonpayment of electricity, natural gas, and landline phone through May 31st, 2021. Under the previous order, it would have expired this Wednesday.    This is good news. We are grateful that the PUC has decided to ...

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House Passes Transportation Modernization

House Passes Transportation Modernization

Going into this legislative session, one of our key priorities was a set of policies designed to advance modernizing Vermont’s transportation infrastructure – to give Vermonters better access to affordable transportation, and to cut our climate pollution. Just past the halfway point in the session, we just hit a major milestone in advancing that goal. Just ...

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Support Cultural Liaisons

Support Cultural Liaisons

Cultural liaisons are a go-between for families (primarily those with limited English proficiency, LEP) and school and town staff. They have been brought on in both the Burlington and Winooski school districts, and they have been hard at work helping families with everything from filing taxes to accessing social services and building trust in our government to getting kids to class on time.   Liaisons are a vital component of our communities working with LEP families all year long, bringing them together with ...

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Senate Passes Campaign Finance Reform Bill

Senate Passes Campaign Finance Reform Bill

On March 24, the Vermont Senate gave its final approval by a vote of 22-8 to legislation (S.51) that would make important changes to state campaign finance law. Most significantly under S.51, only individuals, political committees, and political parties would be allowed make political contributions to candidates. The bill would increase transparency in campaign finance as well, by requiring political committees (a.k.a. PACs) to include the name ...

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About that Whopper from Casella…

About that Whopper from Casella…

H.175 is the best opportunity we’ve had in decades to modernize Vermont’s popular Bottle Bill. Recently, hundreds of our VPIRG members responded to our call to action and sent an email to their representatives in the Legislature. This added a burst of momentum to our campaign and apparently scared the bejesus out of the corporate opponents of the Bottle Bill.     Take ...

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