A state program charged with doling out roughly $110 million in federally funded rental assistance is plagued with problems, according to advocates, and taking far too long to process desperately needed payments.
After Dec. 31, administration officials said, motel residents could apply through a new state program to become short-term renters in the motels while they look for alternate housing.
Programs will have wide discretion over how to use the money — everything from rent to mental health support for staff and families. But providers and early childhood advocates say most of the money will likely go to one place: workers.
A spokesperson for the governor said administration officials still needed to iron out the details with advocates and lawmakers before elaborating on their plans, including how long this next extension would last. Scott is expected to address the matter Tuesday.
Capitol Police said they later discovered a muzzleloader rifle in the car of the man, whom Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault identified as Kyle Wolfe of Williston.
Gov. Phil Scott, at a news conference Tuesday, pointed to mounting coronavirus cases in states that have face mask mandates as evidence that “their mitigation measures haven’t worked.” Experts pushed back, saying masks are still an effective tool.
Representatives from teachers unions and the Vermont School Boards Association have been bargaining since the spring to no avail. The parties have already gone through mediation and fact-finding, and walked away from nine hours of talks on Wednesday without a deal in hand.
As part of the deal, Marlboro Music has agreed to pay $2.74 million to Democracy Builders Fund, a nonprofit once helmed by a man now accused of federal financial crimes.
Vermont will extend its universal masking recommendation for K-12 buildings at least until Nov. 1, administration officials announced Tuesday.
Sue Allen, a well-known figure in Vermont politics and journalism, is headed to the Bennington Banner.