• $4 million for afterschool and summer programs. • $5.5 million for summer meals for families. • $10 million for outdoor recreation improvements to assets including trailheads, boat launches and state parks.
In addition to $10.5 million for business relief grants, highlights of the bill include: The House subsequently pared that amount back to $97.5 million, and added “link-up” language that extends the unemployment insurance benefits exemption for the 2020 tax year. That language adopts the federal exemption of the first $10,200 of benefits for taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of less than $150,000.
• $15 million for school air quality improvements indoor air quality. When it passed the House the first time on Feb. 26, the bill, H. 315, carried $70 million in spending. By the time the Senate was finished with it on March 24, it had grown to more than $100 million.
• $4 million for mental health services. The bill now heads back to the House, which has the duty of sending it to Gov. Phil Scott’s desk. • $5 million to prevent foreclosures and assist low- and middle-income homeowners.
• $8.2 million to the Vermont State Colleges System, the University of Vermont and the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. These funds will provide licensed practical nurse training and provide as many as two free classes to 2020 and 2021 high school graduates and adults seeking skills to change careers. • $10 million in shelter and safe housing aid.
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