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SAVE THE DATE – Feb 24 – Housing & Conservation Day at the State House

Posted February 9, 2016

PLEASE SET ASIDE FEBRUARY 24th as a day that you and your organization’s key supporters will spend in Montpelier, talking and advocating in the Legislature on the importance of Vermont Housing and Conservation Board funding for your organization and the communities it serves.

Vermont law statutorily dedicates 50% of the annual Property Transfer Tax (PTT) receipts to VHCB for investment in affordable housing and conservation. In the upcoming year, this would be about $19M. The Governor’s recommended budget, which is the starting place for the Legislature’s work, proposes $14M for VHCB, and reallocates the remaining $5M of VHCB’s statutory share of the PTT to General Fund deficit reduction.

We need members to TURN OUT IN FORCE to ask lawmakers to allocate the full legally required $19M to VHCB investments in the State budget. This is the balanced and sustainable level set by the PTT law.

Remind your reps. and senators that VHCB investments are a proven, efficient and effective way to produce great community results. For nearly 30 years, lawmaker’s balanced and sustainable approach to VHCB investments has been a key to success.

Tentative Schedule:

7:30- 9:00 – Breakfast meetings with individual legislators (breakfast sponsored by VHCC)

9:00- 10:00 – Welcome & meeting with Governor Shumlin, Lt. Governor Scott, Senate Pro Tem John Campbell, Speaker Smith, and other legislative leaders (most confirmed)

10:00- 11:00 – Joint meeting of Senate Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs and House General, Housing & Military Affairs Committees

11:00-12:00 – Joint meeting with Senate & House Agriculture Committees

12:00-1:30 – Lunch, and throughout the day – Meetings with individual legislators

2:00 – 3:00 – Ice cream social

Additional committee testimony is scheduled throughout the morning and early afternoon in Senate Health & Welfare, Natural Resources, and Institutions Committees, and House Commerce, Fish & Wildlife, Institutions, Natural Resources, Human Services, and Health Care Committees.

A final agenda and detailed invitation with talking points will follow.

For further information, contact:

Erhard Mahnke at 233-2902 or erhardm@burlingtontelecom.net

John Shullenberger at 373-2590 or jdsdiann@together.net

Adam Necrason at 223-9988 or adam@necrasongroup.com

Rebecca Ramos at 917-1008 or rebecca@necrasongroup.com

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SAVE THE DATE: VHCC Legislative Day, February 12

Posted January 21, 2015

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**SAVE THE DATE**
LEGISLATIVE DAY
Thursday, February 12th
State House, Montpelier

PLEASE SET ASIDE FEBRUARY 12th as a day that you and your organization’s key supporters will spend in Montpelier talking and advocating in the Legislature on the importance of Vermont Housing and Conservation Board funding for your organization and the communities it serves.

Amid ongoing State budget challenges, Governor Shumlin continues to show strong support for VHCB. He has proposed $16.1 MILLION FOR VHCB – $12.2 million from the Property Transfer Tax, $2.8 million from the Capital Budget, and $1.1 million in interest, loan repayments and other miscellaneous revenues. This represents LEVEL FUNDING and, with another $94 million budget gap, is a positive development. Yet the need for VHCB investments in housing and conservation is far greater and easily exceeds the additional $2.9 million VHCB would receive if its statutory funding formula were followed.

We need members to TURN OUT IN FORCE to support the Governor’s request and tell lawmakers how VHCB investments will benefit Vermont communities. Voices are again being raised to say that we can eliminate VHCB’s conservation funding. We need to reaffirm our core message that conservation and affordable housing are both critical economic development investments that must remain a priority for our state.

Tentative Schedule:

7:30- 9:00 – Breakfast meetings with individual legislators (breakfast sponsored by VHCC)
9:00- 10:00 – Welcome and meeting with Governor Peter Shumlin, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, Senate President John Campbell, House Speaker Shap Smith, and other legislative leaders (all invited)
10:00- 11:00 – Joint meeting of Senate Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs and House General, Housing & Military Affairs Committees
10:15-11:15 – Meeting with House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee
11:00-12:00 – Joint meeting with Senate & House Agriculture Committees
11:00- 12:00 – Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee
12:00-1:30 – Lunch, and throughout the day – Meetings with individual legislators
1:45- 2:30 – Meeting with Senate Institutions Committee
2:00 – 3:00 – Ice cream social
Time TBA – Senate Health & Welfare Committee, and the House Natural Resources, Human Services, and Institutions Committees

Additional meetings with legislative committees are in the process of being scheduled; a final agenda and detailed invitation with talking points will follow.

For further information, contact:
Erhard Mahnke at 233-2902 or erhardm@burlingtontelecom.net
John Shullenberger at 373-2590 or jdsdiann@together.net
Adam Necrason at 223-9988 or adam@necrasongroup.com

 



SAVE THE DATE: VHCC Annual Meeting, October 8th

Posted September 24, 2014

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition’s Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 8 from 1:00PM – 3:00PM at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier in the Ethan Allen Room. The Annual Meeting is one of the most critical meetings to attend all year. We will do the usual of looking backward at the 2014 legislative session, approving a work plan for 2015, outlining legislative outreach activities for the fall, and adopting a VHCC budget. Most importantly, however, the co-chairs and other conservation and affordable housing leaders are working on formulating a strategy to achieve full formula funding AND a Capital Budget request this year. We need your participation now.

Vermont is experiencing a worsening situation with homelessness, urgency to preserve some of the current affordable housing units, an inadequate amount of federal funding for farmland protection and a critical level of pressure on our forestland that has led to heightened concern for fragmentation. This confluence of issues requires urgency from all coalition members that must be expressed to the administration and the legislature.

The sustained, good work of the affordable housing and conservation community has made a difference in Vermont communities and we can do more with more funding. Please contact elise@vlt.org to RSVP or with any questions.

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Don’t Miss Housing and Conservation Day at the State House This Wednesday

Posted February 24, 2014

A final reminder, this Wednesday, February 26 is Housing and Conservation Legislative Day.  We need you in Montpelier on Wednesday. 

You, your board members, project beneficiaries and key local supporters can most effectively deliver the message that VHCB funding is critical to your organization and the communities it serves.  You can best tell the story about how VHCB has had a profound and positive effect on the lives of Vermonters from all walks of life and from all over the state.  Even though Governor Shumlin’s recommendation for VHCB funding is strong, hard work is needed to hold onto that as the budget makes its way through the Legislature.

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition Have an Exciting Day Planned.  Governor Shumlin, Lt. Governor Scott, House Speaker Smith, and Senate President John Campbell are confirmed to meet us for the Welcome Session in Room 11 on the first floor.  The schedule is tight and will start at 8:45 AM SHARP, so please get there on time! There are numerous committee meetings for you to sit in on, and there’s the ever popular ice cream social at 2:00 PM, courtesy of Ben and Jerry’s.  VHCC are also again featuring a sampling of local foods from VHCB-supported local businesses and farm operations in the cafeteria from 7:30 – 9:00.

Check out the revised schedule – Meeting times for all committees are currently confirmed  (click here for revised schedule).  However, things could still change on or before this Wednesday.    

How to Contact Your Representatives & Senators  Before Wednesday, you can call the Sergeant-at-Arms desk at 1-800-322-5616 and leave a message for the legislators from your service area.  Let them know that you’ll be at the State House Wednesday and want to meet with them.

Complete contact info is here: http://tinyurl.com/68e5kt6.  If you can’t get an appointment in advance, let them know when you’ll be at the State House.  If you can’t find them when you arrive, you can send a note via a legislative page.  Be sure to note where you are in the State House.

Talking Points and other information cam be found online at here.  There will be hard copies of everything for you on Wednesday as well.

Sign in and pick up an info packet when you arrive.  Stop by the Card Room (second floor, on the way into the cafeteria) to pick up your packet.  It will include the talking points, a legislative directory, map of the State House, and more.  Packets will also be available during the welcome session in Room 11 (the large meeting room off the main hallway on the first floor).  Click here for a map of the State House.

We are really looking forward to a great day on Wednesday and we hope to see you there, even if you can only make part of the day!

CHT VHCC Day

On Wednesday join Champlain Housing Trust and many others from all over Vermont in asking legislators to support the Governor’s request of $15.3 million for VHCB.

 



Important: Folks Needed – to Show Support for VHCB Funding on February 26

Posted February 11, 2014

A reminder, on Wednesday, February 26 supporters of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board will gather at the State House in Montpelier.  Folks will be calling on legislators to fully support the Governor’s request for $15.3 million for VHCB.  Please take the time today to:

  • Reserve Wednesday, February 26th as a day that you and your organization’s key supporters will spend in Montpelier talking and advocating in the Legislature.
  • Make Appointments with Your Legislators.  Let them know you’ll be at the State House on the 26th.   Set up individual or small group meetings with as many legislators from your organization’s entire service area as possible. Review tips for talking to legislators (read here) prior to meeting and relevant policy points (read here)!
  • Ask Supporters, Board Members, Community Leaders and Project Beneficiaries to Come with You.  Ask them to spend the day at the State House.

Please let us know that you’ll be attending, who’s coming with you, and whom you are scheduled to meet.  Email addresses and phone numbers appear below.

Turn-out is a critical element of Legislative Day.  It is essential that we fill the building with our supporters and meet with as many legislators as possible, either one-on-one or in small groups. This is a grassroots coalition, we need to demonstrate this through participation on Legislative Day.  These meetings are the most important work you can do on the 26th.

Our most effective support comes from the local folks involved in your projects.  We need Vermonters from every walk of life – low-income residents, farmers, business leaders, the faith-based community, bankers, contractors, town officials – to tell their legislators about the difference VHCB-funded projects have made in their lives and their communities.

Additional volunteers are needed throughout the day.  Please contact Erhard if you’d like to help.

For more information contact:

Erhard Mahnke at 233-2902 or erhardm@burlingtontelecom.net

John Shullenberger at 373-2590 or jdsdiann@together.net

Adam Necrason at 223-9988 or necrason@snlawvt.com

See also: Wednesday, February 26 – Housing and Conservation Legislative Day

 



Wednesday, February 26: Housing and Conservation Legislative Day

Posted February 3, 2014

On Wednesday, February 26 supporters of funding the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board will gather at the State House for an important day of advocacy.  Please set aside the day for you and your organization’s key supporters to spend in Montpelier speaking with members of the Legislature on the importance of VHCB funding for your organization and the communities it serves.

Governor Shumlin continues to show strong support for VHCB.  He has proposed $15.3 million for VHCB – a 7 per cent increase over last year.  With another $70 million budget deficit, this is a positive development.  Yet the need for VHCB investments in housing and conservation is far greater and easily exceeds the additional $2.5 million VHCB would receive if its statutory funding formula were followed.

We need members to turn out in force to support the Governor’s request and tell lawmakers how additional VHCB investments would benefit Vermont communities.  Voices will likely again be raised saying that we don’t need to fund conservation when all available resources should help fund human services needs.  We need to reaffirm our core message that conservation and affordable housing are both critical economic development investments that must remain a priority for our state.

Tentative Schedule:

7:30 – 9:00 – Breakfast meetings with individual legislators (breakfast sponsored by VHCC)

9:00 – 10:00 – Welcome and meeting with Governor Peter Shumlin, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, Senate President John Campbell, and House Speaker Shap Smith (all confirmed)

10:00 – 11:00 – Joint meeting of Senate Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs and House General, Housing & Military Affairs Committees

10:00 – 11:00 – Meeting with House Natural Resources & Energy Committee

10:15 – 11:00 – Meeting with House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee

11:00 – 12:00 – Joint meeting with Senate & House Agriculture Committees

11:00 – 12:00 – Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee

11:30 – 12:00 – Senate Health & Welfare Committee

Time TBA – House Commerce & Economic Development Committee

Time TBA – House Human Services Committee

12:00 – 1:30 – Lunch, and throughout the day – Meetings with individual legislators

2:00 – 3:00 – Ice cream Social

All committee meetings are confirmed; a final agenda and detailed invitation with talking points will follow.

For further information, contact:

Erhard Mahnke at 233-2902 or erhardm@burlingtontelecom.net

John Shullenberger at 373-2590 or jdsdiann@together.net

Adam Necrason at 223-9988 or necrason@snlawvt.com

 



SAVE THE DATE: Vermont Housing & Conservation Coalition Legislative Day

Posted January 31, 2013

Please set aside February 20th as a day that you and your organization’s key supporters will spend in Montpelier talking and advocating in the Legislature on the importance of Vermont Housing and Conservation Board funding for your organization and the communities it serves. 

Governor Shumlin continues to support VHCB strongly.  He has proposed $14.3 million for VHCB – a modest increase over last year.  With a $70 million budget deficit, this is a very positive development. 

We need members to turn out in full force to support his request and show appreciation.  Voices have once again been raised in the Legislature saying that we don’t need to fund conservation when the state needs all available resources to help fund human services needs.  We need to reaffirm our core message that BOTH conservation and affordable housing are critical economic development investments that must remain a priority as the State meets the continued challenges of recovery from Irene and a sixth consecutive year of budget shortfalls. 

 View Legislative Day Tentative Schedule

For further information, contact:
Erhard Mahnke at 233-2902 or erhardm@burlingtontelecom.net
John Shullenberger at 373-2590 or jdsdiann@together.net
Adam Necrason at 223-9988 or necrason@snlawvt.com

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Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition’s 2012 Annual Meeting

Posted October 6, 2012

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition announces their 2012 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 10th, from 1pm-3pm at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier in their Noble Lounge building. 

Representative Janet Ancel, Chair of the Ways and Means Committee and a key member of the House leadership team, will be joining us. The meeting will also include a summary of the 2012 legislative session and the outlook for 2013, as well as reports on VHCC members’ legislative outreach work. 

Light refreshments will be provided by Le Petit Gourmet, a local caterer from Waterbury, who emphasizes the use of local ingredients.

The permit is required to park in campus parking lots.

Click here to download parking permit