Statement of Vermont Chamber on Governor’s Budget Address

Montpelier, VT (January 18, 2022) – The following statement can be attributed to Vermont Chamber of Commerce President, Betsy Bishop:

“We are encouraged by the Governor’s significant emphasis on workforce development in today’s remarks, and the commitment to a number of shared priorities to address the biggest challenge facing Vermont. Of the 2022 Vermont Chamber priorities issued prior to the legislative session, each area of investment would play a key role to address Vermont’s demographic challenge.

The strong economic future of our state, and the viability of our workforce, depends on our ability to invest in Vermonters and attract a diverse new population. Many initiatives presented today recognize this dual need.

Investments in childcare and housing, particularly in the available stock for the ‘missing middle’ are vital for Vermont to grow and retain our workforce. Additionally, relocation initiatives and the strengthening of trade education are essential efforts to secure a strong future for Vermont.”

About the Vermont Chamber of Commerce

The largest statewide, private, not-for-profit business organization, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce represents every sector of the state’s business community. Its mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.