Policy

Sep
13

VBSR: New Health Care Bill Good for Economy and Public Health

– Vermont Business Group Endorses Sen. Sanders’ Bill – Burlington, VT – Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announced support Wednesday for the Medicare for All Act of 2017, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ new health care bill establishing a nationwide universal health care system.   “VBSR has called for the creation of a system like this […]

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DRM Adopts Paid Parental Leave Policy

New parents to receive up to 12 weeks of paid leave. (Burlington, Vt.)  The northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC has adopted a new policy that awards up to 12 weeks of paid leave to new parents. The policy was approved by directors in March and announced by Deputy Managing Partner Peter […]

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Jun
07

Vermont Must Lead on Climate Change as Washington Turns a Blind Eye

President Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement is bad for business, the environment, and our way of life. Last week, VBSR joined 12 other organizations in thanking Gov. Phil Scott for urging President Trump not to leave the Climate Agreement (read that letter here), and we asked him to […]

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Apr
11

Vt. House Democrats Reintroduce ‘Carbon Pollution’ Fee With Fresh Messaging

A group of Democrats in Montpelier are introducing set of new bills to tax fossil fuels with the aim of discouraging environmentally damaging activities while easing other tax burdens on Vermonters, or simply putting the money back in Vermonters’ pockets. Original article located on vpr.net and can be found here. Rep. Martin LaLonde, a South […]

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Apr
10

Vermont Representative Martin LaLonde

South Burlington, VT – Vermont Representative and South Burlington School Board Member Martin LaLonde announced a property tax reform and climate action proposal today at the headquarters of Ben & Jerry’s. Representative LaLonde’s bill would provide much-needed property tax relief by lowering the statewide property tax rate. The proposal would diversify and stabilize Vermont’s education […]

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VBSR Responds to VT Early Care & Learning Dividend Report

New report demonstrates strong economic case for increasing public investment in Vermont’s early care and learning system Yesterday, the Vermont Business Roundtable’s Research & Education Foundation released a report, titled Vermont’s Early Care and Learning Dividend, which details the Vermont-specific return on investment the state stands to gain by increasing public investments in high-quality early […]

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Feb
14

Legislative Reception Draws Nearly 200

VBSR Focuses Efforts on Supporting Independent Contractors, Affordable Accessible Child Care Burlington, VT – Approximately 175 legislators, state officials, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) members and guests packed Montpelier’s Capitol Plaza for VBSR’s Annual Legislative Reception on Wednesday, February 8th. The event, which was presented byLeonine Public Affairs, was a chance for policy makers […]

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Feb
01

Business Associations Join Together: Request President Trump to Rescind His Executive Order Regarding the Issuance of Visas

Vermont- Vermont business associations representing small, medium and large, businesses and their employees across Vermont find the recent Executive Order signed by President Trump to be contrary to the economic and humanitarian values that have defined our state and our country since its inception. The statement is issued jointly by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber […]

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Dec
21

Executive Order Promoting Businesses that Fight Climate Change Finalized

Montpelier – An Executive Order signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin that gives businesses fighting climate change preference in the state contracting process has been finalized. The new policy applies to any contract over $25,000, which captures at least 97 percent of state contracting dollars. The state of Vermont spends hundreds of millions of dollars each […]

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Nov
29

House Chair to Receive VBSR Legislator of the Year Award

Business Group will Honor Rep. Helen Head for Work in 2016 Session Burlington, VT – Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) will honor the chair of a Vermont House committee at the organization’s annual Legislative Breakfast on December 15 for her work this year in passing key employment bills. Rep. Helen Head, (D)-South Burlington, the […]

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