Introduced by Representative Obuchowski of Rockingham
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to establish a blue ribbon commission comprising representatives from both the public and private sectors to examine the economic and development measures Vermonters are willing to endorse and encourage in order to promote future job growth and business expansion in the state. The commission is directed to hold hearings throughout the state to hear the opinions of Vermonters. It is further directed to submit two reports to the general assembly, an interim report by January 15, 2006 and a final report by June 15, 2006.
AN ACT RELATING TO A BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON THE FUTURE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. FINDINGS
The General Assembly finds:
(1) A vibrant economic climate that promotes the growth of existing businesses and the attraction of new businesses is crucial for the state’s future prosperity.
(2) Developing a broad consensus on the future direction of Vermont’s economic development is essential for the state’s political and economic well‑being.
(3) Achieving this consensus requires the input from a spectrum of Vermont’s citizens that can best be collected and assessed through the establishment of a blue ribbon commission.
(4) It should give the blue ribbon commission’s final report close review and should give serious consideration to adopting its recommendations.
Sec. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON THE
FUTURE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
(a) There is established a blue ribbon commission on the future of economic development in the state of Vermont. The commission shall examine what types of businesses Vermonters are willing to promote and accept in order to foster economic growth.
(b) The commission shall seek from Vermonters the types of incentives that should be offered to encourage and promote the businesses Vermonters want. Incentives could be financial in nature or consist of changes in the permitting system to speed the formation of the identified businesses.
(c) The commission shall hold public hearings throughout the state in order to afford the broadest opportunity for public participation.
(d) The commission shall consist of two members of the House of Representatives, not from the same political party, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; two members of the Senate, not from the same political party, to be appointed by the committee on committees; two former governors to be appointed by the governor; one person to be appointed by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce; one person to be appointed by the Associated Industries of Vermont; one person to be appointed by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility; and one person to be appointed by the Vermont Natural Resources Council.
(e) The members of the commission who are not employees of the state of Vermont shall be entitled to per diem compensation as provided in section 1010 of Title 32.
(f) The legislative council shall provide professional and clerical support to the commission. In addition, the commission is authorized to hire consultants to provide technical support.
(g) The commission shall submit an interim report on or before January 15, 2006 and a final report on or before June 15, 2006.
Sec. 3. APPROPRIATION
There is appropriated from the general fund to the blue ribbon commission on the future of economic development the amount of $50,000.00.
The Vermont General Assembly
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