Vermont eating establishments received millions of dollars from the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Some used the money to pay bills as they waited for customers to return. Others saw a steady stream of customers and decided not to apply.
Vermont leaders want Congress to recognize the need to extend unemployment benefits, increase funding for Covid-19 testing, and provide grants for ailing businesses.
Prevention initiatives and peer counseling programs will benefit. But officials can’t yet say whether the state is turning a corner in the battle against opioid addiction.
The package temporarily authorizes federal spending and children’s health insurance but leaves some programs in Vermont facing funding cuts.
The governor and others are calling on Congress to renew support for a system of facilities that serves about a quarter of Vermonters.
The rare bipartisan agreement on three major initiatives may eliminate the need for a special state legislative session in October.
As the Veterans’ Place looks to hold onto federal funding that covers the majority of its budget, the Northfield facility’s approach to drug and alcohol use could be making that more difficult.
Youth Catalytics, based in Charlotte, stands to lose out on nearly $2.26 million over the next four years after the Trump administration ended funding to similar programs across the country.
Programs that are at risk help states like Vermont cultivate an arts scene that would otherwise be limited to major cities, said one arts promoter who joined Rep. Peter Welch to discuss the issue.
The fiscal plan does not raise any new taxes or fees. Democrats said it was crafted with expected federal cuts in mind, while Republicans credited the governor’s leadership.
When totaled with the anticipated federal reductions, Vermont faces a loss of over a million dollars in Legal Services Corp. and legal aid funds.
He has asked senators to pencil in time in October. That would be shortly after the federal budget goes into effect, possibly with major cuts in funding for Vermont.
One of the legislators, Sen. Peg Flory, R-Rutland, said federal funding for long-term transportation projects appears safe, while health care is a huge unknown.