VERMONT: OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORKING FAMILIES MEETING

Vermont flag Since 2003, the NCSL/AECF Partnership on Family Economic Success has held a yearly meeting to give lawmakers a chance to convene with their colleagues and discuss solutions to the challenges faced by low-income working families. Legislative leadership from 10 states send small teams of legislators to the forum. Participants hear from leading experts and practitioners and develop an action plan that is relevant to their state.

Read Vermont's state action plans below including a list of attending legislators, priorities areas and legislative action by meeting participants related to their working families policy goals.

History of Participation

Vermont has participated twice in the working families meeting. Here are the state action plans for Vermont and a list of team members who have participated in our meeting since 2003.

List of State Team Members from All Years

State Action Plans

2009
2004

All Vermont State Action Plans and Participants

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Legislative Action by Year

The following legislative actions were taken by team members in relation to their action plan. Legislative actions include follow up meetings with key stakeholders, constituent meetings and newsletters, statutory enactments and resolutions, appropriations, and the creation of legislative working groups.

  • VT HB 313 (2009) – States the intent of the general assembly to enhance IDA and microbusiness programs. To do this, it will use funds available through federal allocations or competitive ARRA grants. A study will evaluate tax credits for people or businesses that match IDA savings. An additional study will evaluate tools to promote the success of microbusiness development programs. These tools include funding models to provide start-up capital, along with a tax credit to businesses that donate funds to microenterprise development or financial education programs.

  • VT H 441 (2009) – Directs the Department of Education to conduct a pilot project that will allow families receiving the EITC to enroll in school nutrition programs without having to apply for SNAP. The family must be categorically eligible for SNAP.