On 11/21/13, Choice Strategies notified the Health Trust of a complete reversal in how to cancel with them for next year: any member with an FSA, DCA, or HRA through Choice Strategies will now have to OPT OUT instead of IN for 2014. If you want to discontinue services with Choice Strategies for 2014, you must complete and return the Choice Strategies termination form by December 15, 2013. Please see the 11/21/13 email from Kelley Avery for details.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Montpelier
co-sponsored by VLCT and the Vermont Association of School Business Officials
Is your electronic data secure? How can you be sure? Every function in municipal and school governance has data stored on a computer somewhere, either at the town office or in the "cloud" or even on a laptop a telecommuting employee takes home. Now, more than ever, this information is at risk. Come hear experts from banking, academia, and business describe threats to your technology and data and discuss how to make your computer systems and business practices more secure. This workshop is for municipal and school officials who use and manage computer systems, including administrators, managers, clerks, treasurers, and their assistants. School board and selectboard members are also encouraged to attend. Register at www.vlct.org/eventscalendar.
Vermont Health Connect has just released additional information regarding the new enrollment options for individuals and small businesses that were announced by Governor Shumlin last week. For now, please read VHC's Press Release and the Small Business Options Fact Sheet. VLCT will provide further information after the Veteran’s Day holiday.
On October 30, Public Policy and Advocacy Director Karen Horn testified before the House and Senate Natural Resources committees on the role of municipal planning and decisions in the Public Service Board process. Vermont Public Radio alluded to Karen's testimony in its follow-up report.
Federal disaster aid has been made available to Vermont to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms and flooding from June 25 to July 11, 2013. The action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by storms and flooding in Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor counties. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Here is a link to the declaration's fact sheet.
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VLCT Advocacy's Weekly Policy Highlights are now posted here.
Want a little video with your pdf file? Then watch VLCT's new series of online videos. Each Friday during the legislative session, we'll summarize legislative issues that most impact Vermont's cities and towns.