Gearing Up for A New Legislative Session

The 2020 Legislative Session is fast underway.

Your Government Affairs team is already hard at work representing you and the construction industry in Montpelier.

Lt Governor of Vermont Phil ScottWhile we’re still one week away from Governor Phil Scott’s budget address (he’ll deliver that on Tuesday, January 21), we do have some predictions for this session.

  1. More state construction spending. We’re optimistic the Governor’s budget will include more spending for paving, bridges, and other major programs, especially as two major projects (North Hero-Grand Isle Drawbridge and the Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project) near completion. We’re also looking forward to having another great year working with BGS on a wide range of projects on state buildings and facilities that span all corners of Vermont.

 

  1. More focus on workforce development. In his State of the State address delivered on January 9, Governor Scott highlighted the demographic crisis facing Vermont. We know this is something you deal with every day as you seek more skilled workers. We expect the Governor and lawmakers to introduce and debate various proposals to grow the state’s labor force, including possible relocation incentives, education and training investments, streamlined licensing procedures, and targeted tax relief.

 

  1. Updating Act 250 regulations. Both the Governor and lawmakers have called for updating Act 250 to reflect current economic and environmental challenges and needs. We’ll be following this closely.

 

  1. Work zone safety enhancements. Last session, many lawmakers expressed interest in improving the safety of your work zones, especially when the traveling public are involved. This is an issue that has affected numerous AGC/VT members over the years, and we have absolutely seen an increase in accidents and in some tragic events, lives have been lost.

 

A human life must transcend the legislative process. There is no reason that we cannot work safely within our roadways, and we pledge to continue working with government officials and lawmakers to protect the lives of your employees and the traveling public.

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be shifting into the upper gears legislatively, so we’ll need your support more than ever. There will be times when we reach out asking you to attend a meeting, contact your representative, or to help us better understand an issue.

We know you’re busy, so we’ll only reach out when we absolutely have to. THANK YOU in advance for answering our call, for being a reasonable and informative voice, and for your commitment not only to our AGC/VT family, but the construction industry as a whole.

Your involvement and engagement are what makes this association great, the industry stronger, and our projects better.

We are here to serve you, so if you want to get involved, or if you have a legislative question or comment, we want to hear from you. Please contact Matt Musgrave at Matt@agcvt.org.

Look for more government affairs updates and announcements in ConstrucVT and The Build Board (your print magazine—the next issue hits stands February 15).