Vermont Business Magazine Senate President Pro Tem Becca Balint issued the following statement following the Vermont Senate's unanimous vote on S.226, an act relating to expanding access to safe and affordable housing:
"From the start of the session I have been clear that addressing Vermont’s housing crisis was my number one priority. Housing is the key to healthier people and healthier communities. We need to invest in it like we really mean it, and we also need to make the policy changes needed to turn the tide on the housing crisis that has been decades in the making here in Vermont."
"Today the Senate voted to amend S.226, our omnibus affordable housing bill, to include permitting and land use regulation reforms that will make it easier to develop new housing where we most want to see it, in vibrant, walkable downtowns and villages. Making it easier for people to live affordably in our towns and cities is also key to our environmental goals: reducing pollution from transportation and preserving our rural countryside."
"Vermonters across the state struggle with housing costs, access, and stability. Businesses can’t recruit employees, workers can’t fill jobs, and individuals and families suffer. On the final day of the legislative session, I am proud to come together with my colleagues to assure we are doing everything in our power to address this crisis."
5.12.2022. Office of the Senate President Pro Tempore. MONTPELIER, VT