Our mission is to foster a business ethic in Vermont that recognizes the opportunity and responsibility of the business community to set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of our citizens.
VBSR Policy Updates
VBSR Legislative Breakfast - December 4th
The start of the Vermont Legislature's 2015 session is just around the corner. VBSR invites you to participate in a conversation about 2015 legislative priorities under the Golden Dome. Join us as we honor our Legislators of the Year (see below) and engage in discussion about the top political issues of the day with VBSR staff and members of the Public Policy Committee, and invited legislative leaders.
For more information, or to register, click here
VBSR Legislative Scorecard Released
See how your legislators voted on a number of important business issues during the 2013-14 biennium. VBSR considered votes on raising the minimum wage, GMO labeling, universal pre-kindergarten, equal pay, expanding net metering, updates to Act 250, and toxic chemical regulation and reform. Link here to view the scorecard.
VBSR Announces Legislator of the Year Awards
VBSR recently announced that it is honoring several legislators for their work in passing laws that support socially responsible businesses.
Rep. Sarah Buxton from Tunbridge and Sen. David Zuckerman from Hinesburg are the recipients of this year's Legislator of the Year Awards. The organization will also give a Lifetime Achievement Award to Sen. Sally Fox, who passed away earlier this year.
Awards will be presented at VBSR's Legislative Breakfast on December 4.
Click here to read more about why each legislator was selected for the award.
Join VBSR for Vermont Health Connect "Open Office Hours"
Join VBSR's Health Connect Program Navigator throughout the state during the month of October for "open office hours." Our Navigator will be available to meet with businesses and employees about Vermont Health Connect.
Visit our VBSR events page for more info on each individual event.
October dates don't work in your schedule? Stay tuned for November dates, or contact us to request us to to your town!
How Should we Finance Health Care???
Check out our Health Care Calculator
The Vermont Legislature is expected to consider a financing package for universal health care in the 2015 session and VBSR needs member input on potential financing packages. Vermonters will spend an estimated $2.2 billion for health care in 2017, the equivalent of a combined 16.9% payroll tax for businesses and individuals. VBSR's on-line calculator, which launched at our 24th Annual Spring Conference, lists a range of possible funding sources and allows business leaders to find ways to replace the current spending in the system with a fair and sustainable financing package. The tool was designed by Green River, a Brattleboro software company, and the tax methodology was prepared by Steve Kappel, the founder of Policy Integrity in Montpelier.
Try the online calculator today - and don't forget to hit the "Suggest this plan to VBSR" button to submit your proposal to us!
Do you have questions about health care reform? We recommend watching this video, "Take two minutes to become an expert in single-payer health care."