House passes second economic package of $121 million, $16 million for homelessness

first_imgFinancial assistance to Vermont households living in motels to help them enter safe housing arrangements $70 million recovery grants, in addition to the $70 million in S.350(link is external) $3 million to highway contractors $5 million in grants to women-owned and minority-owned small businesses $5 million in grants to establish a program to help our restaurants and farms create jobs and fight food insecurity $3 million for business technical support $5 million for working lands and our agriculture and wood forest industries Assisting with housing navigation and case management services Vermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont House advanced the Broadband, Connectivity, Housing, and Economic Development bill (H.966(link is external)). The passage of this bill brings the total Coronavirus Relief Funds appropriated by the House in the last week to nearly a billion dollars. $121 million in economic development funds and $16 million in services for homelessness were added to H.966 in amendments today, supported by the Commerce & Economic Development Committee and Human Services Committee, respectively. With last week’s bill, S.350(link is external), that’s a total of $191 million in economic development and $91 million to address housing and homelessness.Highlights of the amendments include:Economic Development:$90 million in business recovery grants including:   Supplementing the General Assistance motel voucher program $3 million in marketing support for businesses such as restaurants, downtowns, and tourism properties $1.5 million to outdoor recreation businesses $20 million to provide hazard pay to frontline workersHomelessness:Expanding the Vermont Rental Subsidy program  $5 million to assist our creative economy Capitalizing a housing risk pool for landlords to encourage rentals to individuals experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity Chair of the House Commerce & Economic Development Committee, Representative Michael Marcotte (R-Coventry), spoke in support of the bill, saying, “we heard from Vermonters and Vermont business owners that there is a lot of fear and despair across the state. We are hopeful that the economic supports in this bill will bring much-needed assistance. We know we cannot do everything in this time of great need, but we are confident that the $121 million investment in this bill will provide relief and a path to recovery for many Vermonters and their businesses.”“The number of households living in state-supported motels or hotels grew from approximately 300 to over 1400 over the course of two months, directly related to the COVID-19 public health emergency,” noted House Human Services Committee Chair, Representative Ann Pugh (D-South Burlington). “Securing safe, stable housing opportunities for all Vermonters is essential. The COVID-19 pandemic has made housing in shelters incompatible with maintaining public health; increased the number of households experiencing homelessness and in need of housing supports to obtain or maintain safe, stable housing; and has created a demand for diverse social services to safely house these vulnerable Vermonters. This critical investment of $16 million will provide essential assistance to Vermonters in this time of great need.” “These amendments are essential supports for Vermonters and Vermont businesses in their time of extraordinary need,” added House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero). “This economic development package, coupled with the immediate economic relief in S.350(link is external), make our specific business economic development total over $191 million. When you consider the significant economic development support in other Coronavirus Relief Fund bills, specifically the $13 million in child care assistance in H.965(link is external) and the expansive broadband and housing supports in H.966(link is external) and S.350(link is external), our economic development investment is over $325 million. Additionally, the $16 million in support for Vermonters experiencing homelessness will go far toward our goal of securing safe, stable housing opportunities for all Vermonters.”Source: MONTPELIER, VT – Speaker of the House 6.19.2020last_img read more

Green Archers edges Tams in UAAP caging

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Green Archers edges Tams in UAAP caging ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Friday, October 13, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=”]MANILA – De La Salle University Green Archers survived a sloppy ending to escape with a 75-73 win over Far Eastern University Tamaraws in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. This victory on Wednesday night allowed the defending champion De La Salle to solidify its hold of the second spot with a 6-2 win-loss record and bounce back from its 76-75 loss to Ateneo Blue Eagles on Sunday.Ricci Rivero led the way with 20 points, Cameroonian import Benoit Mbala had double-double 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Jollo Go contributed 14 markers for Green Archers.From a tightly contested opening half, Green Archers pulled away in the third quarter on conversions by Mbala and Rivero for a double-digit spread. But Tamaraws managed to keep it close 56-62 heading into the fourth.Green Archers were holding to a slim 67-65 lead when Go unloaded 5 straight points for a 72-65 lead but Tamaraws quickly answered with back-to-back treys by Kenneth Tuffin and Hubert Cani to come to within 71-74.De La Salle had a chance to seal the win but Rivero hit just one out of his four free throw attempts for a 75-73 lead. It was his teammate Andrei Caracut who sealed the win by snatching the ball.“Muntik pa,” exclaimed Green Archers assistant coach Miggy Solitaria. “We are telling the players that we should stick to the system. Isang beses, dalawang beses lang kaming malingat nagkakaroon siya ng impact agad.”Tuffin top-scored with season-high 14 points while Cani and Ron Dennison added 13 and 10 points, respectively, for Tamaraws, which played without suspended big man Arvin Tolentino./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Sebastien Bourdais, Paul Tracy finally, officially, reconcile

first_imgSebastien Bourdais celebrated in the winner’s circle after the IndyCar Series race July 12 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis.Sebastien Bourdais celebrated in the winner’s circle after the IndyCar Series race July 12 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis.NEWTON, Iowa – From victory lane to the Wisconsin Dells to an Iowa cornfield, all in the span of a week.Such has been Sebastien Bourdais’ adventure since winning his first oval-track race in more than nine years, a dominating drive last Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile.Bourdais then did what few other championship-winning professional athletes do: He crawled behind the wheel of his used Coachman Encounter – “the cheapest motorhome you’ll find in (IndyCar’s) paddock,” he said – and took a 400-mile drive serving as a mini-vacation between weekend jobs.With wife Claire and children Emma, 8, and Alex, 5, in tow, Bourdais arrived first at the Cave of the Mounds (west of Madison, Wis.), spending Tuesday crawling through darkened caverns like a young explorer. The next day was splashing at a Wisconsin Dells water park.Kid stuff, Bourdais said with a beaming smile.“If the kids have a good time, we tend to have a better time,” he said Friday at Iowa Speedway, site of Saturday night’s Iowa Corn Indy 300.Bourdais aims for another Iowa Corn 300 stunnerIf all that wasn’t fun enough, Bourdais spent 45 minutes Friday night in a field of you’ve got to be dreaming as he and his old nemesis, Paul Tracy, taped a segment for NBCSN’s pre-race show.Bourdais and Tracy were once the furthest things from friends, battling through three contentious years in Champ Car. From Australia to Monterrey, Mexico, to Toronto, it seemed anytime two cars were involved in an incident these two drivers were at the wheel.Bourdais was on his boat at home in St. Petersburg, Fla., last month when an unrecognizable number showed as a missed call. A message followed. Bourdais knew the voice – it was Tracy’s – but he couldn’t read the tone.Turns out, Tracy was burying the hatchet.“I called him back and we spoke,” Bourdais said. “He apparently had a lot of time to reflect, and he had things he wanted to get off his chest.”“Him and I had a lot of conflict over the years and I did things intentionally I’m not proud of, and I wanted to tell him that,” Tracy said. “He said he didn’t give me an inch either.”Tracy last drove an Indy car in ’11 and now spends a handful of weekends analyzing IndyCar races on NBCSN. As Bourdais masterfully carved up the field in Milwaukee, Tracy could not have been more complimentary on the broadcast.NBCSN extended the love by putting the two former rivals in a cornfield to stage a made-for-TV reconciliation. The segment was just the two of them in a car in a remote area west of the track. They were gone longer than expected, which led to a team member texting Bourdais “when are you coming home?”When the two men finally returned, they were laughing like kids.That isn’t the only connection in the works. Bourdais said he intends to re-sign with KVSH as soon as the Indianapolis-based team works through details involving the ownership group.Bourdais spending a third season with KVSH is good not only for the No. 11 Chevrolet, it’s good for IndyCar. Continuity in this sport is often a difference-maker, and this will be Bourdais’ first three-year run with the same race team since he won four consecutive Champ Car titles 2004-07. He’s already won two races this season and three over the past 362 days.“In terms of results we probably could have even done better (in other races) if I had qualified a bit stronger,” Bourdais said. “As close as the IndyCar field is, if you leave points on the side you’re done.”Bourdais is anything but done at age 36. He has miles yet to travel, both in a race car and a motorhome.Follow Star reporter Curt Cavin on Facebook and on Twitter: @curtcavin.last_img read more