Over the past few weeks our work in the Vermont House of Representatives has seen a steady incline of work as we prepare to finish for the session. Our money committees have been working tirelessly on passing a transitional budget that has changed drastically since we last gaveled out as a body on March 13th. Usually we have adjourned by mid-May, but Covid-19 has created issues with the State’s budget and revenues so we are expected to pass a budget by June 30th and return to work in August to pass another budget once we know the state of our economy.
On Friday, Governor Phil Scott eased more restrictions on businesses allowing for lodging to be open again across the state as well as the re-opening of restaurants for inside dining. On Monday, the Governor announced that lower contact sports will resume by June 15th with eventual playing of games in leagues could start by July 1st. This is a big announcement for me and my family. My kids have been cooped up and without organized sports since hockey ended this winter (my five year old is missing his first year of tee-ball).
In House Education we began a conversation about how we can use the CARES Act funds allocated toward Covid-19 related expenses. We’ve also spent a considerable amount of time discussing the future of the Vermont State College System. Last week we passed a bill that will set up a committee to research what the future of the system will look like. I am encouraged by these steps.
In some upbeat news, I was very fortunate and excited to be a part of the #FCStandingTogether campaign created by Senator Corey Parent. The first round of the fundraiser ended on May 31st and raised almost $5,000 to local charities across Franklin County. The second round of the fundraiser has begun and can be found here: https://fcstandingtogether.itemorder.com/sale. There is now a fifth charity with new colors and items to choose from. Please make sure to share your photos of your Standing Together gear with the hashtag #FCStandingTogether!
I also want to take some time to say thank you to everyone who has reached out to me with your questions, comments or concerns, especially during these hard times. I am proud to represent the people of St. Albans as this is truly a great place to serve. If you ever need to get ahold of me please contact me at email@example.com or you can visit my website www.caseytoof.com to learn more about what is going on in the Legislature. Be well.
Casey J. Toof
Franklin 3-1 - St. Albans City & Town