the sausage machine cranks along

It is true that S.204 (aka “VT State Bank”) failed to move out of Senate Finance Committee in time to be sent to the House of Representatives yesterday (3/26/14). Nevertheless, I saw/heard the following during the long knock-em-down drag-em-out concerning S.220 (Workers Comp, registry of sole contractors, advertising funds for tourism, etc, etc):

on page 528, Senate Journal for the date:

Senators Ashe, Bray, French, Lyons, MacDonald, Mullin, Pollina, and White

move to amend the bill as follows:

First: By adding a new section to be numbered Sec. 25 to read as follows:


(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the 
Vermont State Treasurer shall have the authority to establish a credit facility of 
up to 10 percent of the State’s average cash balance on terms acceptable to the 
Treasurer for purposes established by the Treasurer’s Local Investment
Advisory Committee.

(b) The amount authorized in subsection (a) of this section shall include all 
credit facilities authorized by the General Assembly and established by the 
Treasurer prior to or subsequent to the effective date of this section, and the 
renewal or replacement of those credit facilities.

State bank gets a toe in the door? And if so, what’s Mullin doing there? Or 10% is just a popular number these days?  

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