Xing Wu http://xing-wu.com/ Fri, 13 May 2022 17:58:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://xing-wu.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Xing Wu http://xing-wu.com/ 32 32 Sustainability Awards Recognize Six People Who Have Made a Substantial Impact | University time https://xing-wu.com/sustainability-awards-recognize-six-people-who-have-made-a-substantial-impact-university-time/ Fri, 13 May 2022 17:58:50 +0000 https://xing-wu.com/sustainability-awards-recognize-six-people-who-have-made-a-substantial-impact-university-time/

On April 22, six members of the Pitt community were honored with Pitt Sustainability Award. Launched in 2015, the awards recognize Pitt faculty, staff, students, and groups who are making a substantial impact in one or more of the three areas of sustainability: stewardship, exploration, community, and culture.

Sustainability Award Winners

Danielle Andrews-Brownlecturer in the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences at the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and Cassie QuigleyAssociate Department Head and Associate Professor in the School of Education’s Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership, were recognized for their work in creating the Freedom of Environmental Justice Seminars.

Mei Yu-Kephalogianis has worked for Pitt Housing Services since 2010 and has been the lead housekeeper at Nordenberg Hall since it opened in 2013. A champion of sustainable practices in the residence, Yu-Kephalogianis received the department’s Harvie Keppler Award in 2015 for going beyond the Pitt’s mission, vision and values.

Brandon Brewer, an environmental science major with minors in environmental engineering and studio arts, used a new technique involving an XD fluorescence spectrometer to study the effects of green infrastructure on the soil around campus . Brewster also helped lead a team of Pitt students to second place in the US EPA Rainworks Challenge Last year.

Aaron Carrmajor in environmental science, developed a host of educational programs, created a construction waste audit methodology, and expanded the Pitt Green Resident Programduring his three years as Pitt EcoRep. Carr is also the transportation coordinator for the Pitt Student Chapter of the Food Recovery Network.

Felicity Shaferdegree in environmental studies, worked for the Office of Sustainability as an intern in sustainable development communication for two years, chaired Pitt’s Earth Month 2022 Planning Committee and is the secretary of Plant2Plate. Shafer also created the University’s Sustainability Learning Community, launched in the fall of 2023, and developed and ran the newest student sustainability showcase.

In addition, several students have been named sustainability champions:

Annalize Abraham, English Writing and Urban Studies

Emily Albrecht, psychology

Suchi Attota, IT

Anita Bargaje, computational biology, chemistry and global health

Jared Deluccia, economics and history

Matthew Hess, environmental studies

Lucy Klug, environmental studies

Taylor Laing, Environmental Studies

Danny Nigh, Business Administration

Meri Raughley, ecology and evolution

Madison Stanley, political science

Abby Zolner, environmental studies

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Local businesses gathered at the local job fair to find employees https://xing-wu.com/local-businesses-gathered-at-the-local-job-fair-to-find-employees/ Thu, 12 May 2022 23:47:00 +0000 https://xing-wu.com/local-businesses-gathered-at-the-local-job-fair-to-find-employees/ Work Force Solutions of East Texas brought together several East Texas companies to attract new employees.

TYLER, Texas – If you’re driving around Tyler, it’s hard to miss those “help wanted” signs.

Dozens of East Texas businesses gathered today for a job fair in hopes of attracting new employees.

“We’re looking for hard workers and commitment,” said Artimese Lawrence, human resources coordinator for Tyler ISD. “We are looking for dedication.”

Open opportunities are available to those seeking employment.

“A lot of people go to the website, but so many people don’t read the newspapers, they don’t do anything like that,” said Shannon Peoples, a job fair attendee.

Make this experience an opportunity to meet employers face to face.

“I’m looking to get back into education,” Peoples said. “I’m about to get my bachelor’s degree in ministry, but I feel like ministry needs to be widespread in our city within our communities.”

Numerous “help wanted” signs in Tyler show that workers are needed. Which means candidates have the upper hand when it comes to negotiating better salaries and benefits.

“I’m really looking for something sustainable in this economy,” said job fair attendee Allison Sharp. “I’m looking for something where you don’t need two or three or four jobs to keep you afloat.”

“All I can do is add to what I already have,” People’s said. “It may not be much, but I can stay just above the poverty line and be able to support my family. Who wants to live in such a situation?”

At today’s job fair, there was a range of employers. From veterans groups to education.

“We’re actually looking for an assistant director,” said CAMP V Community Engagement Manager Mark Shaw. various who run around here that we actually exist, and what we do, and why we are here for them.”

“We have several positions available,” Lawrence said. “We are looking for people who will enjoy working with our children in the school district and who have this passion for children.”

Many opportunities are available at Tyler, and Work Force Solutions of East Texas will hold its next career fair at Jarvis Christian University on May 24.

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Can you get a jobless loan? Here’s what you need to know https://xing-wu.com/can-you-get-a-jobless-loan-heres-what-you-need-to-know/ Thu, 12 May 2022 17:41:24 +0000 https://xing-wu.com/can-you-get-a-jobless-loan-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

Getting a loan can help you in many ways when you are in a tough financial situation, however, for some getting a loan is not as easy as it is for others. Many people who need a loan cannot get a good deal because of their credit score or even because they are unemployed.

So what can you do if you are unemployed? Well, the bad news is that you may not be able to get a loan if you are unemployed. The majority of lenders will want you to have a permanent and regular stream of income, as this ensures that you have the funds to pay back.

However, this is not the case for everyone. Instead, you might find yourself able to get a loan from one or two lenders even if you’re unemployed, but the loan won’t be as good as if you were employed.

So how does it all work? Are you stuck vying for no credit check loans or do you have other options?

Can you get a loan while you are unemployed?

You can still qualify for a loan, even if you are unemployed. However, if this is your case, you will need either strong credit or another source of income to support you in this endeavor.

Unemployment can arise unexpectedly or by choice, as would be the case with retirement, lenders will still sometimes consider lending to you, as long as you are able to persuade them that you will be able to make regular payments on time.

This is the main concern of the lender.

A lender will generally want to see three things on an application. These include a good and solid credit history, a good credit rating and regular income.

A strong credit history means you have a good history of paying loans or credit on time with little to no late payments, especially recently.

Your credit rating should be as high as possible, the higher the better. Some lenders will have a minimum score that they accept. The higher your credit score, the lower your APR, the lower your credit score, the higher your APR.

Lenders should also know that you can make repayments every month. Technically, this doesn’t have to come from a paycheck, however, you should at least have a reliable source of income that will be enough to cover expenses on a monthly basis and to cover loan repayments.

What should you think about?

There are many types of loans you can get, but probably the most popular are personal loans. With these loans, you should consider the same things you should consider with any other type of loan.

There will be short and long term financial factors and consequences of taking out a loan that you should be wary of.

Here are some things you should think about.

Can you make payments on time?

First, if you’re unemployed, or even employed, being able to make payments on time is a big deal.

You should always ask yourself if you can make the minimum payment on time every time. Late payments will not only affect your credit score, but they can also lead to late fees. If you can’t repay the loan, your lender may even go further.

This means debt collection agencies and a negative credit report, if your loan is secured they can take your property, or you can even be sued.

Understanding these factors is very important to ensure you get what you need from a loan and that a loan won’t be a bad idea for you.

What are the loan terms and risks?

It is wise to make sure you understand the terms of the loan. Read the fine print and write down the important things. This includes payments, fees, penalties, interest, etc.

However, also be aware of the risks, consider the best-case scenario, then consider the worst-case scenario, and don’t go for it unless you’re happy with both.

Consider if this loan is really the best thing for you, what might happen if you are unable to make the payments, and the interest rate, what this will mean for your actual total payment.

Don’t forget to consider the consequences if you don’t repay the loan, could you end up losing your house or your car?

What are lenders thinking?

Remember that each lender will have different credit policies that they will use to determine if the borrower is most likely to repay the loan. It is a risk assessment.

So even if you don’t have a job, some lenders accept alimony, disability benefits, unemployment benefits, social security payments, pensions, child support, interest or dividends, etc.

What types of personal loan can you get?

If you are employed, you could get a secured or unsecured loan. Secured loans are tied to an asset of yours and you risk losing that asset if you do not repay the loan in full. Unsecured loans do not have this risk but usually have a higher interest rate.

You could also get a payday loan (although risky) as well as cash advance or debt consolidation loans!


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ESET announces the winners of the 2022 Scholarships for Women in Cybersecurity https://xing-wu.com/eset-announces-the-winners-of-the-2022-scholarships-for-women-in-cybersecurity/ Thu, 12 May 2022 17:30:00 +0000 https://xing-wu.com/eset-announces-the-winners-of-the-2022-scholarships-for-women-in-cybersecurity/

SAN DIEGO, May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — ESET, a global leader in digital security, today announced the winners of the seventh annual ESET Women in Cybersecurity Fellowships. The scholarships are designed to increase the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce, which struggles to fill positions as global cyber threats continue to rise. The three $5,000 scholarships (totaling $15,000) have been made available to women enrolled as graduate/undergraduate students studying digital security and cybersecurity awareness in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field.

The winners of the ESET Women in Cybersecurity scholarships for this year are:

Tiffany Dinh of Huntsville, Alabama. A major in computer engineering at the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) and first-generation Vietnamese American, Dinh became addicted to computers when she took a programming course in high school. Since then, she has won a variety of awards and accolades in the field, including Generation Google Scholar, SANS CyberFastTrack Institute Scholar, and (ISC2) Women in Cybersecurity Scholar. Currently, she is working at UAH’s Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education (CECR) during the academic year, gaining experience in cryptology. She is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Cybersecurity and Tau Beta Pi, and volunteers for CyberPatriot and the Girl Scouts.

“As technology becomes more integrated into society, cybersecurity is emerging as a critical area of ​​work and research,” Dinh said. “Without it, the infrastructure behind global technologies would be vulnerable to attack. I want to work in cybersecurity so I can defend this country and give back to America what it has given me and my family. The ESET Women in Cybersecurity scholarship is a direct investment in these future activities. Any income I have is channeled towards my studies. With this scholarship, I will not have to take out a loan or find an additional job. I can focus on my cybersecurity aspirations.

Arisa Chue of Alexandria, Va. Chue, who specializes in computer science at Stanford University in Palo Alto, approx., became interested in natural language processing (NLP) – which connects humans, machines and languages ​​through computational methods – after learning American Sign Language (ASL) in high school. She took her first steps into the world of NLP as a machine learning research intern at George Mason University, where she created an ASL recognition scheme with graduate student mentors. She was a student at Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute and participated in the Jane Street Women in STEM Education program. She is also a member of the Stanford Society of Women Engineers and served as president of her high school’s Women Interested in Science and Engineering club.

“My interests lie in using machine learning to better detect cybersecurity attacks. Instead of detecting an intrusion after it has happened, or at the point of intrusion, I hope to improve intelligence computer science so that we can one day predict risky behavior even before the attack takes place,” Chue said. “I am delighted and honored to be a recipient of the ESET Women in Cybersecurity Fellowship, will help bring me closer to these goals.”

Gwendolyn Vongkasemsiri from Nashville, Tennessee. Vongkasemsiri begins his first year at Dakota State University in Madison, SD, in the fall of 2022. Her interest in technology began with a computer programming course from Khan Academy, which led her to form and lead the largest and oldest team of computer programmers ever created on the Khan Academy, and a position with Khan Academy Computer. Coding Challenge Board. She fell “desperately in love” with cybersecurity when she entered the JROTC/CAP CyberStart competition and took second place. Vongkasemsiri also participated in the US Cyber ​​Open and scored so high that she was invited to the US Cyber ​​Combine as a trainee, where she received the Combine Rising Star Award. She is also a competitive volleyball player and Civil Air Patrol Cadet.

“It’s only been two short years since I discovered cybersecurity and it has become my passion,” Vongkasemsiri said. “Interacting with successful female cybersecurity professionals has been instrumental in inspiring and motivating me to achieve my dreams. I want to give back in the same way to the young women behind me, who just need an introduction and an opportunity to ignite the fire and talents already within them for future success in the field of cybersecurity.The ESET Women in Cybersecurity Fellowship will help me achieve my goal of being a manifest force for the well into the world of cybersecurity and its role in securing our nation for future generations.

ESET has long been an advocate for increasing diversity in the workplace and in cybersecurity through the Women in Cybersecurity Fellowship and mentorships aimed at boosting the representation of women in the technology sector. ESET also supports a number of philanthropic organizations, including Girls Inc., Promises2Kids, Feeding San Diego, #LatinaGeeks, WITI (Women in Technology International) and WiCys (Women in Cybersecurity).

“ESET is passionate about empowering women and encouraging diversity at all levels. It’s a core aspect of everything we do,” said Celeste Blodgett, Vice President of Human Resources, ESET. “Filling the cybersecurity jobs gap – which becomes more urgent as attacks become more sophisticated – requires bringing more people from diverse backgrounds into the fold. ESET is pleased to be able to help with this through our Women in Cybersecurity scholarships, which enable women to build on their technology and cyber skills and become excellent leaders who will keep us all safe online.”

About the ESET Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship
The ESET Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship was launched in 2016 to help support and encourage women who aspire to pursue careers in information security. A recent (ISC)2 study of the cybersecurity workforce found that the actual percentage of women in the cybersecurity workplace has remained almost constant over the past three years, with women representing around 25% of the workforce. security workforce. To address this issue, the majority of survey respondents said they believe the best way to increase women’s representation in the field is to encourage women to pursue university studies in STEM.

Applicants must be a female enrolled or accepted into an accredited undergraduate or graduate program in United States with a cumulative minimum of 3.0 GPA. You can find more information about the application process here.

About ESET
For more than 30 years, ESET® has been developing industry-leading IT security software and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure and consumers around the world against increasingly sophisticated digital threats. From endpoint and mobile security, endpoint detection and response, encryption and multi-factor authentication, ESET’s high-performance and easy-to-use solutions protect and discreetly monitor 24/7 7 days a week, updating defenses in real time to keep users safe and businesses running smoothly. without interruption. Evolving threats require an evolving IT security company that enables the safe use of technology. This is backed by ESET R&D centers around the world, working in support of our common future. For more information, visit www.eset.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Kim Bishop obtains an MFA at UTSA 30 years after the BFA | UTSA today | UTSA https://xing-wu.com/kim-bishop-obtains-an-mfa-at-utsa-30-years-after-the-bfa-utsa-today-utsa/ Thu, 12 May 2022 09:38:34 +0000 https://xing-wu.com/kim-bishop-obtains-an-mfa-at-utsa-30-years-after-the-bfa-utsa-today-utsa/

After earning her teaching certificate in 2003, Bishop taught art from grades three through six at Del Valle. She then taught second grade at Seguin before moving into secondary education, first at Seguin High School, then at Brackenridge and Jefferson High Schools in San Antonio. Bishop retired from Jefferson High School in 2017.

Bishop’s work “Exercises in Repetition”

Since 2009, Bishop has taught at the Southwest School of Art (SSA), where she focuses primarily on evening adult continuing education classes. She also gave workshops for high school students over the summer.

“I love the Southwest School of Art and its community arts education mission,” she said. “It’s exciting to see that UTSA will join SSA and continue the incredible work they started in downtown San Antonio.”

Over the past several years, UTSA has aggressively increased its presence in San Antonio. The university’s 10-year master plan calls for an additional 5.3 million square feet by 2028. Meanwhile, partnerships, such as the merger between UTSA and SSA, have allowed the university to increase its investment in downtown San Antonio.

With her two children now graduating from college and achieving success in their own careers, going back to school was an easy decision for Bishop. UTSA was a clear choice for her as she was eager to advance her career and finally realize her dreams.

“I know a lot of artists who got their MFA from UTSA. I really have a lot of respect for them,” Bishop explained. “I actively follow their work and wanted to work with the professors they worked with. Some of the professors here have amazing reputations and amazing work that I felt I could learn a lot from.

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Engineering Design Certification Launched at BHS | Local News https://xing-wu.com/engineering-design-certification-launched-at-bhs-local-news/ Thu, 12 May 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://xing-wu.com/engineering-design-certification-launched-at-bhs-local-news/

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Community Education Foundation has added another program to give Batesville High School students an edge over their peers.

Thanks to a grant from BCEF, BHS students enrolled in Lead the Way project engineering courses will now have the opportunity to obtain an engineering design software user certification for free, announced BCEF Executive Director Anne Wilson. . BHS is one of the few high schools in the state that currently offers this testing opportunity.

“For several years, the BCEF has funded the certification costs of BHS students enrolled in Ivy Tech programs that culminate in an exam to prove competency in a certain area, such as certified practical nurses,” Wilson said. “It’s a tangible way for our foundation to help our students pursuing careers that require certification, so they don’t have to pay a dime for those tests. To date, we have provided BHS with just over $15,000 in certification reimbursement funding. When PLTW teacher Craig Hughes told us he wanted BHS to become an official testing center for design software exams so his students could become certified, we wanted to know more about the program to see if it would suit what we’ve already done.

Hughes attended the BCEF board meeting in April to present his proposal to members of the foundation. During his presentation, he highlighted how PLTW has long partnered with supplier Autodesk to integrate computer-aided design software into its programs to provide students with learning experiences that use the same industrial-grade software. used by engineers, designers, architects and fabricators. .

In BHS’s various engineering design courses, students use the software as a design tool for various activities, projects, and problems, such as designing a puzzle cube, designing laser-cut bridges, and water features for collecting plastic pollution. In the civil engineering course, students use the software to design, document, and create physical models of projects like a utility shed.

According to Hughes, earning this level of certification while in school will give students the confidence to continue to master Autodesk products and possibly pursue professional-level certification in the future. Additionally, these certifications will enhance their higher education applications and resumes by providing evidence of competence and mastery.

After learning more about Hughes’ plan, BCEF’s Board of Directors approved the addition of this new certification designation to its existing list of programs receiving annual support. Before the end of the school year, 23 of the Autodesk exams will be administered by Hughes at BHS, which will hopefully lead to certification for all candidates.

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Examination of a forewarned future in Ukraine https://xing-wu.com/examination-of-a-forewarned-future-in-ukraine/ Wed, 11 May 2022 00:55:54 +0000 https://xing-wu.com/examination-of-a-forewarned-future-in-ukraine/

At the start of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, colleagues from cultural institutions elsewhere in Europe began contacting contemporary art curator Vasyl Cherepanyn, asking if he was organizing or designing new projects. in response to the crisis.

Normally, such inquiries would be understandable to Cherepanyn, director of the Kyiv-based Center for Visual Culture Research, which promotes work that engages art and political activism. But right now, he says, art projects aren’t a top priority for many in his beleaguered homeland.

They just don’t understand what’s really going on,” he said, at a Yale-hosted online event in early March, of these well-meaning requests from colleagues. “I still hold out hope, but I doubt that we will be able to conceive artistic projects in the near future. This that’s what war brings.

This raw expression of frustration and a foregone future in Ukraine was the theme of a series of online conversations launched by the Yale Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) program at the Yale MacMillan Center just after the start of the invasion. . During the series, titled “The Humanity Dialogues,” experts from Yale and other academic institutions were joined by artists, activists, and scholars who live in Ukraine, or have emigrated or fled, for conversations about the crisis through the prism of the arts. and the humanities.

For the first conversation, Cherepanyn, the Ukrainian curator, was joined by Timothy Snyder, Richard C. Levin professor of history, to discuss the tyranny and agency of artists. For a conversation about cyber resistance, Scott Shapiro, Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Philosophy Professor, spoke with Yuliana Shemetovets, a Berarussian activist and spokesperson for Cyber ​​Partisans, a pro-democracy group in Belarus, as well as Ivan, a cyber-activist from Ukraine (who kept his last name hidden for security reasons).

At another event, Olga Kopenkina, curator and art critic of Belarusian origin, Yulia Krivich, Ukrainian artist living in the United States, and Kuba Szreder, researcher and independent curator at the Academy of Fine Arts Warsaw Arts, joined Ukrainian curator and anthropologist Asia Tsisar for a discussion of the modes of action and action that emerged in networks of Central and Eastern European artists in response to the Russian invasion of the ‘Ukraine. In the most recent discussion, William N. Goetzmann, Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Financial and Management Studies, Daniel Glaser, former Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and Simon Johnson , professor of entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan School of Management, examined how the international art market can be used by those who finance the war effort to evade financial sanctions, and what can be done to fill this escape.

Immediately after the Russian attacks on the Zaporizhzhia and Chernobyl nuclear power plants, the organizers invited Kate Brown, professor of the history of science at MIT; Oleksiy Radynski, Ukrainian filmmaker and writer who co-founded the Visual Culture Research Center in Kyiv; and Svitlana Matviyenko, assistant professor of critical media analysis at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, to discuss the threat.

During this discussion, the group considered the dangerous and unprecedented implications of military forces targeting nuclear facilities and the threat they pose to the region and far beyond.

As noted by Matviyenko, it is not even known how dangerous the situation is, because international monitoring is not possible in these factories – and the plant operators must obtain approval from the Russian army even for minor measurements. Yet this militarization of nuclear power plants, she said, is only the latest chapter in a decades-old story of “nuclear colonialism” in Ukraine. People living near the Chernobyl power plant, for example, faced serious public health threats due to the plant’s mismanagement long before the 1986 disaster that released huge amounts of radioactive material into the environment.

And that’s just part of a narrative of exploitation and militarization that has spanned decades.

Part of that history has to do with the imperial and colonial appetites that are so present in the narrative we hear from Putin, and all of his pseudo-historical interpretations of Russia-Ukraine relations,” Matviyenko said.

The series was curated by Molly Brunson, REEES faculty director and associate professor of Slavic languages ​​and literatures and art history, and Marta Kuzma, professor of art and former dean of the Yale School of Art, who felt the urgency to react after the invasion, to reflect on how war reveals the fragility of humanity and the “contingency of existence”, and to address the interdependence of art and of politics in societies at war.

Kuzma, who spent the 1990s in kyiv, where she was founding director of the Soros Center for Contemporary Art, tapped into her own personal network to create these events and moderate each of the discussions. Kuzma’s intention was to address the responses of the artistic, academic and intellectual community within war-torn Ukraine with networks of solidarity across disciplines and countries with the aim of conveying the revised role of the artist. and of the cultural producer in such a precarious context.

We felt it was necessary to bring people together in conversation to address these issues as they arose,” Brunson said. “Furthermore, the dialogue structure allowed us to respond quickly to pressing topics as they arose, meeting the critical education needs of the Yale community and general public, amplifying the voices of Eastern Europe and encouraging the community during such a difficult time. .”

For more information on upcoming events and to watch all the conversations in the series, visit the Humanity Dialogues website.

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Lawmakers reach budget deal https://xing-wu.com/lawmakers-reach-budget-deal/ Tue, 10 May 2022 00:38:09 +0000 https://xing-wu.com/lawmakers-reach-budget-deal/
House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rep. Mary Hooper, D-Montpelier, said Monday that lawmakers have delivered on their promise to support the most vulnerable Vermonters during the pandemic. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

House and Senate lawmakers settled into place Monday on a key piece of the legislative jigsaw as they raced to complete their work for the year: Vermont’s more than $8 billion budget.

The budget bill, H.740, still needs to receive a positive or negative vote from the full House and Senate, and get Governor Phil Scott’s signature (or overcome another governor’s veto) before becoming law. . But a joint committee of House and Senate lawmakers tasked with reconciling differences between the chambers on the state’s annual spending plan has formally reached an agreement.

“I am very confident that we have honored the commitment we made to Vermonters at the start of the pandemic – that we would support the most vulnerable Vermonters throughout the pandemic and help Vermont recover strongly and recover. strengthen when the pandemic ends,” said Mary Hooper, D-Montpelier, who chairs the House Budget Drafting Appropriations Committee.

Lawmakers had nearly half a billion dollars in one-time money from the American Rescue Plan Act to spend in this budget. Hooper and his upper house counterpart, Senate Appropriations Chair Jane Kitchel, D-Caledonia, highlighted federally funded investments in climate, clean water and broadband as landmark achievements. Broadband development is expected to receive $96 million, according to Hooper, while water quality would receive $104 million and climate initiatives $130 million.

But federal stimulus spending has also boosted the economy and state tax revenue, and lawmakers have taken advantage of a higher revenue base to increase spending in long-neglected areas of state government.

Private, not-for-profit mental health agencies that provide services on behalf of the state, for example, are expected to receive an 8% reimbursement rate increase, as are home health aides.

“These are ongoing commitments to stabilize and strengthen these systems,” Kitchel said.

Vermont State Colleges, which nearly faced financial ruin at the start of the pandemic, would also get a $10 million increase in their base credit — the money they can expect year over year. another – just like the University of Vermont. State colleges would also receive nearly $15 million in one-time additional aid in the budget as they enact several reforms, including unifying the system’s four-year schools.

House and Senate leaders hope to adjourn this week, possibly even before Friday. But when lawmakers must crumble for good largely depends on what Scott decides to do. The Republican and Democratic-controlled legislature are still quite far apart on key things, including housing, economic development and taxes.

Although the governor has hinted that he may very well veto this year’s budget, when it comes to issues of contention between the legislature and the executive, the thorniest items largely do not feature. in the budget. Instead, lawmakers left placeholders in the annual spending bill to fund appropriations carried in separate policy bills.

And as of early Monday evening, legislative agreements between the two chambers were left pending on precisely those items — housing, taxes and economic development — most closely watched by the Scott administration.

S.226, an omnibus housing bill that carries $15 million for a “missing middle” program that the governor wants to subsidize the construction of middle-class starter homes (and a registry of contractors that he doesn’t), wasn’t quite at the finish line on Monday. Lawmakers had also failed to iron out their differences over the ‘yield’ bill, which sets school property taxes – and due to a large surplus there are plans to fund PCB remediation in schools. schools and universal school meals. A package of tax cuts including a new Vermont child tax credit (which the House wanted to spend nearly $50 million on and the Senate only $22.5 million) was fully disrupted on Monday.

Another joint House-Senate committee worked through Monday night to try to hammer out an economic development deal. A key request from Scott has been $50 million in one-time money for the state’s capital investment program.

While Senate and House lawmakers on that panel informally agreed to give a renamed $40 million community recovery and revitalization grant program, Senate Majority Leader Alison Clarkson, D- Windsor, asked aloud to his colleagues: “Does that mean more vetoes? ”

This committee was to meet at 9 p.m. Monday to try to complete its work.

Fred Thys contributed reporting.