Move to Vermont? The Governor Wants to Give you $5,000
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Posted by: Jeff Couture
Vermont is losing residents at an unsustainable rate, Gov. Phil Scott told lawmakers at his budget address Jan. 24. His solution: a plan to pay out-of-staters $5,000 to take a job in Vermont, any job.
Vermont made international news last summer when it announced its remote worker program, which will reimburse out-of-staters up to $10,000 for their costs if they move to work remotely from Vermont.
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Scott’s latest proposal, included in his annual budget address, includes $1 million to pay outsiders to move to the state for Vermont jobs. The incentive would be available for workers of all types, said Joan Goldstein, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development.
Mike Schirling, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, told the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee that the agency wants to expand funding for recruiting out-of-staters to $1 million for Fiscal Year 2020, and a million in Fiscal Year 2021.
“We envision it as an ongoing program,” Schirling told the committee.