Planning for Progress: Exploring Revenue Strategies for Vermont’s State Budget


Join Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and our panel of experts for this important discussion on how we can plan for future progress by bolstering Vermont’s state budget now.

One of the critical questions emerging from Vermont’s 2024 Vermont legislative session is how to address our state budget. Vermont is once again experiencing budgetary constraints reminiscent of pre-COVID fiscal challenges, as lawmakers work with a budget no longer infused with pandemic-era federal aid. VBSR and our allies continue to advocate for policy shifts that address the urgent and essential changes needed to support our people, planet, and prosperity. We also recognize that to meet this vision for Vermont, additional revenue will need to be raised.

Progressive taxes exist so that the burden of paying for government services, oversight, and infrastructure doesn’t fall disproportionately on those earning lower incomes. With a progressive tax system, those who earn less are taxed less, and those who earn more are taxed more.

As Vermont lawmakers consider a suite of bills employing progressive revenue generation, this dynamic webinar will explore possible strategies for achieving a progressive revenue system.

Join us to learn from tax experts, legislative champions, and fellow business leaders about creative strategies to raising state revenue and the role for businesses in advancing this issue. There will be plenty of time for Q&A!

Cost To Attend:

  • Nonmembers – Free and Open to the Public
  • VBSR Members – Free and Open to the Public

Registration is open

Event hosted by: Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

Thank You to Our Speakers!

Emilie Kornheiser

Emilie Kornheiser
Vermont State Representative from Brattleboro (Windham-7)

Rep. Emilie Kornheiser has represented Brattleboro since 2019 in the House of Representatives. As Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, she has played a pivotal role in advancing policies VBSR members consider central to creating more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities. Rep. Kornheiser’s leadership has aimed to raise revenue for critical legislation such as the historic Act 76, ensuring Vermont families have access to quality and affordable child care, and she was a crucial voice in the passage of H.66 out of the Vermont House of Representatives in 2023, which would support Vermont’s workforce and employers by establishing a universal paid family and medical leave insurance program.

While voluntary changes inside our member businesses can be key to creating some of these advancements, only public policy can deliver the pace and scale of change needed to tackle our state’s most difficult challenges. Rep. Kornheiser’s unique experience with small business ownership, applied economics, and community development position her perfectly to effectively advocate for resources that build a thriving Vermont.

Stephanie Yu

Stephanie Yu
President and Executive Director at Public Assets Institute

Steph has worked as both a public sector fiscal analyst and a private sector financial analyst. She also has experience in the executive branch of state government, as the Budget Manager for the Michigan Department of Treasury and the Executive Director of the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service.

She has a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of Southern California. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University. She currently resides in Burlington with her family. Despite her wandering past, as a native New Englander she has rooted for the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and Bruins all her life.

Thank You to Our Sponsor!

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In addition to crafting delicious, world-renowned beer, The Alchemist is committed to the environment, its employees and the community at large. As a certified B Corporation, The Alchemist is a recognized leader in waste reduction, responsible water use, and innovative technologies that minimize their environmental impact. The Alchemist is committed to their employees’ health & wellbeing, and this is demonstrated through their benefits program, which includes employer-paid health insurance, paid parental leave, child-care subsidies, a 10% 401k match and a wellness program that includes fitness, stretching and meditation classes. The Alchemist takes pride in being an inclusive workplace, employing Vermonters with intellectual and physical disabilities, and demonstrating a commitment to gender equity at all levels of the organization. Through the youth-focused Alchemist Foundation, they invest in long-term partnerships with many community organizations.

Policy questions? Please reach out to VBSR Public Policy Manager, Kristin Warner, at

Registration questions? Please reach out to VBSR Education & Events Manager, Molly Rand, at