***ARTICLES of INTERST***
***NEW Senate OKs $5.86 billion budget – VTDigger 4/27/18
***NEW Lawmakers work to help struggling Vt. dairy farmers http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Lawmakers-work-to-help-struggling-Vt-dairy-farmers-481096001.html
***NEW Senate jettisons Vermont National Guard tuition assistance, ThinkVermont initiatives – VTDigger 4/27/18
***NEW Lawmakers push back on Scott veto threats By Dave Gram Apr 29 2018 https://vtdigger.org/2018/04/29/lawmakers-push-back-scott-veto-threats/
Scott administration looks to impose student ratios – VTDigger 4/24/18
Scott ‘fairly certain’ that a veto session is on the way – VTDigger 4/24/18
Health programs saved in House Appropriations budget By Xander Landen Mar 16 2018 https://vtdigger.org/2018/03/16/health-programs-saved-house-appropriations-budget/
“More than 3,000 Vermonters with developmental disabilities would see cuts to the services they receive from the state under Gov. Phil Scott’s proposed budget, while another program for the severely disabled faces elimination.
Under the budget proposal, a waiver program that gives developmentally disabled Vermonters residential support, employment assistance and aid to family caregivers would lose a total of $4.3 million in state and federal funding, according to the Agency of Human Services.
A total of 3,070 Vermonters who receive assistance through the Developmental Services Waiver Program will see cuts to spending on services, by an average of 2 percent, according to an Agency of Human Services analysis of the proposed fiscal 2019 budget. Programs to be reduced or eliminated include employment supports, community supports, and respite and residential supports.”…
“Another service that provides approximately 42 severely disabled Vermonters with in-home attendant care would be eliminated under the proposed budget.
The Attendant Services Program, which costs $1.4 million annually, has been frozen since fiscal year 2015 and is “slowly seeing participants decrease over time,” according to the AHS analysis.”
House to finalize state budget cuts this week
*** NEW H.897 an act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support (Special Education Funding)
Senate passes Minimum Wage Bill.
Finance commissioner says education funding proposal falls short By Tiffany Danitz Pache VT Digger
Summary of Working Education Financing Proposal:
Advocates press for universal primary care