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NO. R-197.  House concurrent resolution honoring state employees during Public Service Recognition Week.


Offered by:  Committee on Government Operations

Whereas, since 1985, the first week of May has been celebrated as Public Service Recognition Week in honor of the men and women who serve the United States as federal, state, and local government employees, and

Whereas, Congress and President Bush have designated Public Service Recognition Week to educate citizens concerning the essential nature of the services which public employees perform and provide for the citizenry, and

Whereas, public employees serve Vermonters every day, and our citizens have consistently endorsed the quality and accessibility of Vermont’s public services, and

Whereas, public sector employees maintain our roads and bridges; deliver essential services to families, the elderly, veterans, persons with disabilities, and other Vermonters in need; ensure quality education for our children; preserve our natural environment and historic heritage; guarantee the public safety through law enforcement activities and emergency response services; promote economic development, including assisting Vermonters in finding jobs and improving their employment skills; safeguard our public health; and care for the most vulnerable in our society, and

Whereas, without dedicated civil servants, there would not be any continuity of governmental services when changes occur within the elected leadership structures of our democracy, and

Whereas, recognition of governmental employees encourages more persons to consider public service as an honorable career choice, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor the dedication and outstanding contributions of Vermont’s state employees on behalf of the citizens of Vermont during Public Service Recognition Week, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Governor James Douglas, the Vermont State Employees’ Association, the Vermont NEA, and the Vermont AFL-CIO as the representatives of these dedicated public servants.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont