Vermont business groups say that they’re having trouble recovering from the Great Recession, and they say that the accumulation of mandates in Montpelier, like the payroll tax and earned leave, are holding them back.
The House passed the fee bill on Friday, but not without a few changes to the legislation which raises $2.8 million in additional monies from professionals, developers, waste haulers, bakers and restaurateurs. Lawmakers reduced fees for waste hauling companies slightly, and cut additional fees for restaurants by $100,000. The amendment was pitched by Rep. Laura […]
The House takes up the $2.8 million fee bill on the floor today. The measure passed out of House Ways and Means last week in an 8-3 vote. The bill increases fees for a wide array of services and professions. A partial listing of the affected parties include: teachers, speech pathologists, physicians assistants, radiologist assistants, […]
Justin Johnson was “surprised and disappointed” by a VSEA petition that “calls for no cuts in state government spending.” Steve Howard, the executive director of VSEA, says the $5 million cut is a “tax” on state workers and a reduction in force “is not the right choice.” Howard wants the state to impose higher taxes on the wealthiest Vermonters.
The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations will hold a joint public hearing tonight from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the 13 Vermont Interactive Television sites. The committees will take testimony on Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016. Members of the public can testify by attending the VIT simulcast meeting. […]