As reported previously, H.945 was developed by the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee to provide grants to Vermont manufacturers that might need assistance in retooling their operations to produced PPE needed in the state (see related post here). This week, however, the Committee put further consideration of the bill on hold after feedback from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Department of Public Safety that state contracting authority could provide some support for such companies, but the suspension of the bill also appeared to be part of a general reassertion of caution in creating new spending programs for businesses and employees pending the further development and unveiling of a more comprehensive COVID-19 recovery strategy for the state and for the state’s economy in the coming days. Click here to find links to the bill as proposed and to track its status should it be revived.
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