Speak Up for the Environment at Upcoming Budget Hearings on Monday, Feb 25th
On Monday, February 25th, the Vermont House and Senate Appropriations Committees are holding public hearings across the state on what should be included in the state’s budget. Most of the hearings will be held from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (the hearing in Springfield will be from 5:30 – 6:30 pm). Click here to find a hearing near you.
If you’re unable to attend a hearing in person, you can submit written testimony to the committees by emailing your comments to Theresa Utton-Jerman (email@example.com) or Rebecca Buck (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This is a critical opportunity to voice your support for key environmental priorities in Vermont.
Sample talking points —
We are calling for a climate package in the upcoming budget to help Vermonters save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Because heating and transportation are the single greatest sources of Vermont’s emissions, we need to make investments that could help Vermonters transition to cleaner energy sources in those arenas. Find more details about the climate package VCV is supporting here.
1. Weatherization: Double the number of homes weatherized each year, with particular emphasis on increased investments in weatherization programs for low- and moderate-income Vermonters.
2. Transportation: Use the $4.5 million dollars that came into the state from the Volkswagen (and related) settlements to create a program to help Vermonters – particularly low and moderate income Vermonters – buy electric vehicles or efficient hybrids.
Create a new, dedicated long-term revenue source for clean water, and a transparent, accountable mechanism for getting that funding to high priority clean water projects.
Make strong investments in the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the Working Lands Enterprise Fund.
Please consider attending a hearing near you and making your voice heard on how the state should be spending public dollars.
Your input really can make a difference in whether or not state dollars will support our shared priorities!