Rural Omnibus Bill Takes Shape

The Rural Caucus meets weekly to discuss proposals under consideration that would impact rural communities. With tri-party leadership, legislators across the political spectrum, and diverse geographic representation, those in attendance are bound by a dedication to seeing rural Vermont thrive. In recent weeks, the group has heard from members on proposals considered for inclusion in a rural omnibus bill. Thirty-three proposals were voted on, with the top ten moving forward.  

A proposal to build rural administrative capacity received the most votes. The $3 million championed by the Vermont Chamber in the Governor’s Budget Adjustment request addresses this issue by investing one-time funds. The rural omnibus bill would also look at longer-term solutions to ensure rural Vermont communities that rely on volunteer support rather than professional staff are not left behind in accessing funding. This initiative is akin to Senator Leahy’s brainchild, the Small State Minimum.