Committee takes testimony on BIPOC land bill

By Guy Page

This afternoon of Tuesday, April 13 will see several Vermont House Committees taking up high-profile, controversial bills. 

House General, Housing, & Military Affairs will take testimony on H. 273, “promoting racial and social equity in land access and property ownership.” 

The bill’s introduction says it “proposes to promote racial and social equity in land access and property ownership by creating grant programs, financial education, and other investments targeted to Vermonters who have historically suffered from discrimination and who have not had equal access to public or private economic benefits due to race, ethnicity, sex,  geography, language preference, immigrant or citizen status, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or disability status.”

Scheduled to testify are:

  • Kenya Lazuli, Director, Everytown, VT
  • Steffen Gillom, President, NAACP – Windham County
  • Beverly Little Thunder, Lakota Elder and Co-founder, Kunsi Keya Tamakoce
  • Chelsea Gazillo, New England Policy Manager, American Farmland Trust.

House Government Operations will take another stab at legislation “relating to the membership and duties of the Vermont Pension Investment Committee and the creation of the Pension Design and Funding Task Force.” A previous proposal was killed by Speaker Jill Krowinski after state employee and teachers’ unions objected. 

House Energy and Technology will review S. 1, providing rate subsidies for the Ryegate biomass power station,  H. 263, eliminating discrimination by the State’s automated decision systems, and H. 410, reestablishing the Artificial Intelligence Commission to “support the ethical use and development of artificial intelligence in the State.” 

Corrections and Institutions will hear a Correctional Facilities Feasibility and Conceptual Design Study by HOK consultation group

House Education will discuss S. 16, creation of the Task Force on School Exclusionary Discipline Reform. This bill, already passed by the Senate, would study why Black students are expelled and suspended at higher rates than non-Black students and recommend policies to keep these students in school. 

Categories: Legislation

8 replies »

  1. Land is an asset to be earned, bought with earned money, valued, which is then used to it’s best responsible advantage by the owner.

    In NO WAY is land an ENTITELMENT.

    In days gone by we offerred the downtrodden “10 acres and a mule”
    What is unearned is hardly appreciated

    • “What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.” ~ Thomas Paine.
      I totally agree, sir.

    • Never assume that ANYTHING is NOT an entitlement in Vermont these days. One key word is “access” here. The leftists confuse “access” and “opportunity”. If something costs money as anything of value generally does, anyone who does not have money or has different priorities for their money is said to “lack access” to it. If the geniuses in Montpelier think that said product or service is “essential”, and some people lack “access” to it, then it becomes a human right. Once defined as a human right, it must be provided at taxpayer expense. Never underestimate the power of white guilt to make things happen under a marxist mentality such as what rules the statehouse in Montpeculiar.

  2. We should be particularly alarmed by those Guy reports as scheduled to testify. This has the makings of another dog and pony show out of Montpelier and, once again, these dogs and ponies are already of one and the same mindset. Where are the objective voices?

  3. Journalists covering this story take note: the woke mob is paying attention. Another journalist who dared to ask the question of “what would be the criteria for who can qualify for such programs?” was politely shown the door of the Governor’s press conferences a few weeks ago. Asking probing and objective questions about a proposed benefit program is now considered racist.

  4. The trend nowadays is to divide the country by race. If there is an issue with lending practices then that should be investigated and action taken.

  5. This is just so wrong on many levels. If you want to buy a house or land, you need to work to make the money to acquire it. Why should being BIPOC make you more entitled to assistance than a white person? to assume that all white people come from wealthy families who helped them is a misnomer. I know that I as a white single mom came from a family that had always rented. They provided not a penny of assistance to buy a home. I worked and saved and eventually was able to do this. I didn’t put my hand out expecting any help.

    I’m so very sick and tired of the assumption that if BIPOC folks own fewer homes than whites do it’s due to racism, or if BIPOC folks are arrested at higher rates than whites it’s due to racism. Maybe BIPOC folks need to learn to take responsibility for their own actions and stop blaming everything on whites and systemic racism. And of course I’m a racist for saying this but I don’t care anymore; call me a racist!

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