Protect Retailers from Credit Card Fees; Federal Funds Expended on Job Creation

Author: Shawn Shouldice Date: July 06, 2010

Protect Retailers from Credit Card Fees
S.138, legislation that passed allows for retailers to a set minimum charge for customers who transact with a credit card and also provides protections from bank service fees.

Federal Funds Expended on Job Creations
S.288, legislation that passed allows for nearly $8 million in federal funds to be distributed throughout Vermont. These stimulus funds will provide support to various sectors in the Vermont economy through the Vermont Employment Training Program, the Sustainable Job Fund and Agriculture to help stabilize the foundation for economic development. 

Some argued these funds should have been spent on one-time-type expenditures rather than to continue supporting what they believe are unsustainable programs. These funds will not be available in the future and proponents of one-time spending said that the decisions made this session simply avoided hard decisions that needed to be made with respect to prioritizing spending.


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