Legislative Update: Family Leave Study Released, Child Care Bill Submitted

Paid Family and Medical Leave

On Thursday, the Vermont Commission on Women released the Vermont Paid Family and Medical Leave Feasibility Study. The results are encouraging and will help move our work with the VT FaMLI Campaign forward.

As a small business state, Vermont has to compete with larger states and cities that have more opportunities for higher wage work. A statewide family and medical leave insurance program will give Vermont small businesses the competitive edge they need they need to attract young, talented employees, which will bring new families to the state and help build a stronger Vermont economy.

MSA-VT State Director, Lindsay, was interviewed by Peter Hirschfeld about the results of the study. Check out the story on VPR.

Sign the petition to join MSA-VT’s Family and Medical Leave Business Coalition, or email Ashley.

 


Child Care

Representative David Yacovone (D-Morrisville) has submitted a child care financial assistance bill based on the Blue Ribbon Commission's recommendations. The bill will be formally introduced in the House on Tuesday, and would:

  • Establish 100% reimbursement at 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL), with a sliding scale up to 300% FPL;
    • In 2016 dollars, 200% FPL = $40,320 for a family of 3.
  • Require the state to adjust CCFAP reimbursement rates every 3 years and adjust for inflation on non-survey rate adjusting years; and
  • Set the 4-STAR rating in the STARS program at the 75th percentile of the market rate of the most recent market survey.

Recent News

  • If you missed Governor Phil Scott's Inaugural Address, you can find it on Vermont PBS, or read the text here.

  • Legislature Enters ‘New World’ with Leadership Clean Sweep - VT Digger

  • Do you know where your elected officials will be focused this year? Check out new committee assignments in the House and Senate.

  • Vermont’s paid sick days law went into effect Jan. 1. The VT Department of Labor has developed an informational webpage with a new poster you can download, and we continue to update our resources.

  • Nutty Steph’s is supporting our work on a statewide family and medical leave insurance program through online sales of the Family Bar. Proceeds support our work on the VT FaMLI Campaign. We encourage you to order a case of bars today to share with friends, family, colleagues - or to resell in your storefront and help spread the word about the importance of family and medical leave for families and small businesses!




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