Testimony: Workforce Development, Senate Economic Development Committee

Apr
02

Testimony: Workforce Development, Senate Economic Development Committee

Workforce Development Senate Economic Development, Housing, General Affairs Committee April 2, 2019 Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is a non-profit, statewide business trade organization with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines- economic, social, and environmental. We strive to help members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human […]

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Testimony: Workforce Development, House Commerce Committee

Workforce Development  House Commerce Committee March 14, 2019 Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is a non-profit, statewide business trade organization with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines- economic, social, and environmental.  We strive to help members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human and economic environments of […]

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Testimony: Senate Economic Development, 2017 Priorities

Testimony by Daniel Barlow, VBSR Public Policy Manager Senate Economic Development, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee, January 13, 2017 Re: 2017 Legislative Priorities Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is a non-profit, statewide business trade organization with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines- economic, social, and environmental. We strive to […]

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Testimony: Senate Government Operations, State Procurement

Testimony by Daniel Barlow, VBSR Public Policy Manager Senate Government Operations Committee, January 18, 2017 Re: Highest Value Procurement Vermont state government is a major purchaser of goods and services from the private sector, providing economic opportunities for businesses of all sizes and supporting thousands of jobs each year. Awarding state contracts for goods and […]

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2016 Legislative Report

The 2016 legislative session was a successful one for VBSR: Our four-year campaign to pass a bill expanding paid leave policies across the state concluded successfully, and we played the lead role in expanding employment opportunities for Vermonters with criminal convictions. VBSR also tackled several environmental and energy issues in this second-half of the biennium, […]

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2015 Legislative Report

The 2015 legislative session opened with some VBSR priority areas carrying over from the 2014 session, in particular legislation on earned paid leave made it through the House. Other issues such as Clean Water and Rent-to-Own legislation gained new momentum this session and VBSR worked closely to influence these policies. We received tremendous support from […]

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2014 Legislative Report

Bills and Policies Influenced by VBSR Advocacy The 2014 legislative session opened with some VBSR priority areas carrying over from the 2013 session, in particular legislation on the labeling of genetically modified food and expansion of Pre-K education. Other issues, such as net metering, a minimum wage increase, and toxic chemical reform, were new to […]

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2013 Legislative Report

VBSR entered the 2013 legislative session with priorities related to the continued roll-out of state and federal health care reform efforts, the labeling of genetically engineered food and to block efforts to pass a moratorium on new renewable energy development. The session was marked by further budget and revenue difficulties and strong disagreements between Gov. […]

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2012 Legislative Report

Rebuilding Vermont Right The flooding from Tropical Storm Irene left Vermont with tremendous challenges. VBSR believes we need to see this disaster as an opportunity to make long-lasting investments in our public infrastructure and communities, including using Vermont’s bonding authority to generate the funds for reconstruction.  Vermont’s post-Irene reconstruction should include long-term disaster planning, including […]

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Apr
19

Testimony: Health Care, Senate Finance 2016

Senate Committee on Finance April 19, 2016 Re: Miscellaneous Tax Bill, Employer Assessment The current system that relies on business to be the provider of health insurance results in uneven coverage for employees and an uneven playing field for employers. VBSR believes that any new system should not penalize those employers who have taken on […]

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