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Save the Date: Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition’s Legislative Day

**SAVE THE DATE** LEGISLATIVE DAY, Wednesday, February 16, at the State House, Montpelier

THIS YEAR MORE THAN EVER — Please set aside February 16th 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 has proposed FULL FUNDING FOR VHCB.  With a $176 million budget deficit, this is an extraordinary development.  We need members to TURN OUT IN FULL FORCE to support his request and show appreciation.  Already voices in the Legislature have been raised saying that we don’t need to fund conservation when Mental Health and other services to vulnerable Vermonters are being cut deeply.

We need to reaffirm our core message that BOTH conservation and affordable housing are critical economic development investments that must remain a priority through the challenges of the State’s fourth consecutive year of fiscal crisis.

Tentative Schedule:

7:30-9 – Meetings with individual legislators

9-10 – Welcome and meeting with the Governor & Lt. Gov (both invited) and legislative leadership (confirmed)

10-11 – Meeting with House Natural Resources & Energy Committee

10-11:15 – Joint meeting: Senate Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs and House General, Housing & Military Affairs Committees

11-11:45 – Meeting with House Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources Committee

11-12 – Meeting with House Corrections & Institutions Committee

11-12 – Meeting with Senate Natural Resources Committee

11:15-12:15 – Joint meeting: Senate and House Agriculture Committees

Lunch, and throughout the day – Meetings with individual legislators

1:15-2:30 – Ice cream social

1:30-2:30 – Joint meeting: Senate Institutions and House Corrections & Institutions Committees

Detailed invitation with talking points to follow.  Click here for more detailed DRAFT agenda.

For further information, contact:

Erhard Mahnke at 233-2902 or

John Shullenberger at 373-2590 or

Adam Necrason at 223-9988 or

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