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2019 Legislative Report Card: Is Vermont making progress? 

As the governor prepares the fiscal 2021 budget with his staff, it’s worth looking back on what the state accomplished in the last legislative session and what’s left undone. Vermont made some progress this year making the kinds of investments that can move the state forward and create an economy that works for everyone, particularly in early childhood education and Reach Up benefits. But a lot of good policies got stuck last year, like minimum wage and paid family and medical leave.  And some never came up at all, like how to improve the unemployment system.

To continue to advance these issues, we compiled this short report card assessing the progress made on each of the recommendations during the 2019 legislative session. The report card is based on a set of policy recommendations published in 2018 called “A Framework for Progress: Investing in Vermont’s people, infrastructure, and good government.”

And if you would like to weigh in directly on the governor’s budget, you’re in luck. The governor is required by law to solicit public feedback on the budget before submitting it to the Legislature in January. Here’s where you can make your voice heard on how to make progress in Vermont.

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For past sessions, please see the 2017 and 2018 report cards.