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

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 John Shullenberger at 373-2590 or Adam Necrason at 223-9988 or Rebecca Ramos at 917-1008 or

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