Committees Work to Solve Labor Shortage

Legislators in many committees are working to make necessary changes to solve the workforce shortage. The Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee, worked on the Omnibus Economic Development Bill, which includes new relocating and remote employee incentives. Kevin Chu of the Vermont Futures Project testified before the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee about Vermont’s population trends and the implications for the workforce. The House Human Services Committee looked at the Governor’s proposed budget for FY23, regarding support services for people in recovery as they seek stable employment. Finally, the House Appropriations Committee dug into the details of the FY23 budget including $5 million for the new and remote worker grant programs, $5 million for affordable mixed-income rental housing, and $10 million for the missing middle-income home ownership development pilot program. The budget seeks to maximize the impact of federal ARPA dollars to make Vermont work for workers