PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Vermont
PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE'S
EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
- Unemployment Down to 2.7%: The unemployment rate in Vermont has declined from 5.8% to 2.7% since 1993.
- 41,800 New Jobs: 41,800 new jobs have been created in Vermont since 1993 -- an average of 5,512 per year. In contrast, an average of 1,700 jobs were lost each year under the previous administration.
- 37,000 New Private Sector Jobs: Since 1993, 37,000 new private sector jobs have been created—an average of 4,879 jobs per year, compared to an average loss of 2,325 private sector jobs per year in the previous administration.
- 4,500 New Manufacturing Jobs: 4,500 manufacturing jobs have been created in Vermont since 1993 -- an average of 593 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 1,425 manufacturing jobs were lost each year during the previous administration.
- 3,400 New Construction Jobs: 3,400 construction jobs have been created in Vermont since 1993 - an average of 448 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 1,700 construction jobs were lost each year during the previous administration.
- 2,000 to Receive a Raise: 2,000 Vermont workers benefited from an increase in the minimum wage—from $4.75 to $5.15 -- on September 1, 1997. President Clinton and Vice President Gore have called on Congress to raise the minimum wage by an additional $1.00 over two years.
- Home Building Up 0.5%: Home building in Vermont has increased by an average of 0.5% per year since 1993—after falling by an average of 17.3% per year during the previous administration.
- A $500 Child Tax Credit to Help Families Raising Children: To help make it easier for families to raise their children, the balanced budget included a $500 per-child tax credit for children under 17. Thanks to President Clinton, the Balanced Budget delivers a child tax credit to 71,000 families in Vermont.
- Poverty Has Fallen: Nationally, the poverty rate has fallen from 15.1% in 1993 to 11.8% in 1999, the lowest level since 1979. In Vermont, the poverty rate has fallen to 9.8% in 1999. [Census Bureau]
- Business Failures Down 18.6%: Business failures have dropped an average of 18.6% per year since 1993, after increasing 48.3% per year during the previous administration. [Oct 98 data]
- Vermont's Families Reap Benefits of Deficit Reduction: Public debt is on track to be $2.4 trillion lower in 2000 than was projected in 1993. Debt reduction brings real benefits for the American people -- a family in Vermont with a home mortgage of $100,000 might expect to save roughly $2,000 per year in mortgage payments. Reduced debt also means lower interest rates and reduced payments on car loans and student loans.
- 2.5% Growth in Total Bank Loans and Leases: Vermont has seen a 2.5% average annual growth rate in total bank loans and leases per year since 1993. In contrast, total bank loans and leases fell by an annual average of 4.6% during the previous administration.
- 1.9% Growth in Commercial and Industrial Loans and Leases: Since 1993, Vermont has experienced a 1.9% average annual growth rate in commercial and industrial loans and leases. In contrast, commercial and industrial loans and leases fell by an annual average of 13.5% during the previous administration.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
- Over 1,400 Children in Head Start: 1,406 Vermont children were enrolled in Head Start in 1999. In FY00, Vermont will receive $10.4 million in Head Start funding, an increase of $5 million over 1993.
- More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Classes for Vermont's Schools: Thanks to the Class Size Reduction Initiative, Vermont received $5.6 million in 1999 to hire about 499 new, well-prepared public school teachers and reduce class size in the early grades. President Clinton secured funding for a second installment of the plan, giving Vermont an additional $6.1 million in 2000.
- More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Classes for Vermont's Schools: Thanks to President Clinton, the final FY99 budget provides for the first year of the President's new initiative to hire 100,000 new, well-prepared teachers, to reduce class sizes in the early grades to a national average of 18. Vermont will receive $5.6 million in 1999 to hire about 145 new public school teachers.
- $1.7 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY00], Vermont receives $1.7 million in Goals 2000 funding. This money is used to raise academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. [Education Department, 12/3/99]
- $2.1 Million for Technology Literacy: This year [FY00], Vermont receives an increase $2.1 million for the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, which helps communities and the private sector ensure that every student is equipped with the computer literacy skills needed for the 21st century.
- Over $18 Million for Students Most in Need: Vermont receives over $18 million in Title I Grants (to Local Educational Agencies) providing extra help in the basics for students most in need, particularly communities and schools with high concentrations of children in low-income families [FY00]. This includes over $307,000 in accountability grants, to help states and school districts turn around the worst performing schools and hold them accountable for results.
- $17.2 Million in Pell Grants: This year [FY00], Vermont will receive $17.2 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college, benefiting 9,011 Vermont students.
- Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through College: The FY00 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal Work Study program. Vermont will receive $6.1 million in Work-Study funding in 2000 to help Vermont students work their way through college.
- Over 1,000 Have Served in Vermont through AmeriCorps: Since the National Service program began in 1993, 1,042 AmeriCorps participants have earned money for college while working in Vermont's schools, hospitals, neighborhoods or parks. [through 2/00]
- Tuition Tax Credits in Balanced Budget Open the Doors of College and Promote Lifelong Learning: The balanced budget included both President Clinton's $1,500 HOPE Scholarship to help make the first two years of college as universal as a high school diploma and a Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for college juniors, seniors, graduate students and working Americans pursuing lifelong learning to upgrade their skills. This 20% tax credit will be applied to the first $5,000 of tuition and fees through 2002 and to the first $10,000 thereafter. 16,000 students in Vermont will receive a HOPE Scholarship tax credit of up to $1,500. 20,000 students in Vermont will receive the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. [fully phased-in FY2000 estimate]
- Expanded Job Training to Vermont's Dislocated Workers: President Clinton's FY 2001 budget would triple funding for the dislocated workers program over 1992 levels. Vermont received $1.4 million in 1999 to help 800 dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they need to return to work as quickly as possible. In FY 2000, Vermont will receive over $1.2 million to provide job training services for dislocated workers.
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
- Crime Falls 14% in Vermont: Under the Clinton-Gore Administration, America has experienced the longest continuous drop in crime on record. Since 1992, serious crime in Vermont has fallen by 14%. Property crime has also fallen by 15%. [1992 and 1997 Uniform Crime Reports]
- 190 More Police: The President's 1994 Crime Bill has funded 190 new police officers to date in communities across Vermont. [through 7/00]
- Reducing Crime with Drug Courts: Working to reduce drug-related crime in Vermont, the Clinton Administration has awarded a Drug Court grants to the community of Montpelier. Drug courts use the coercive power of the criminal justice system to combine drug testing, sanctions, supervision and treatment to push nonviolent, drug-abusing offenders to stop using drugs and committing crimes.
- $15.8 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence Against Women Act, Vermont has received approximately $15.8 million in federal funds to establish more women's shelters and bolster law enforcement, prosecution and victims' services. [through 9/2000]
- $400,000 in Grants for Battered Women and Children: In FY99, Vermont received $400,000 in HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse.
- $2.2 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of Vermont's Schools: Vermont has received $2.2 million in FY00 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
MOVING VERMONT RESIDENTS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
- 11,376 Fewer People on Welfare: There are 11,376 fewer people on welfare in Vermont now than there were at the beginning of 1993 -- a 39% decrease. [through 6/99]
- Child Support Collections Up 137%: Child support collections have increased by $18 million—or 137% -- in Vermont since FY92. [through FY98]
- Encouraging Responsible Choices—Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Vermont: Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have supported innovative and promising teen pregnancy prevention strategies, with significant components of the strategy becoming law in the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act. The law requires unmarried minor parents to stay in school and live at home or in a supervised setting; encourages "second chance homes" to provide teen parents with the skills and support they need; and provides $50 million a year in new funding for state abstinence education activities. Efforts are making a difference, adolescent pregnancy rates and teen abortion rates are declining. And between 1991 and 1997, teen birth rates declined 31.4% in Vermont.
- $14.5 Million for Vermont Welfare-to-Work: In 1998 and 1999, Vermont received $5.4 million in Federal welfare-to-work state formula grants (the state matched $2.8 million in funding), helping Vermont welfare recipients get and keep jobs. In addition, $6.3 million in competitive grants were awarded to Vermont localities to support innovative welfare-to-work strategies. Part of the President's comprehensive efforts to move recipients from welfare to work, this funding was included in the $3 billion welfare to work fund in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act.
- Helping People Get to Work: Through the Access to Jobs initiative, the Clinton-Gore Administration is working with communities across the country to design transportation solutions to help welfare recipients and other low-income workers get to and from work. Burlington has received a total of $1.2 million this year to fund an innovative transit project.
INVESTING IN VERMONT'S HEALTH
- Health Care for Over 2,000 Uninsured Vermont Children: In 1997, President Clinton passed the largest single investment in health care for children since 1965 -- an unprecedented $24 billion over five years to cover as many as five million children throughout the nation. This investment guarantees the full range of benefits that children need to grow up strong and healthy. Two million children nationwide have health care coverage thanks to the President's plan, including 2,055 in Vermont. [HHS, Health Care Financing Administration, FY99 SCHIP enrollment data]
- Helping Over 16,000 Vermont Women and Children with WIC: The Clinton Administration is committed to full funding in the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). In FY99, Vermont received $9.3 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 16,030 women, infants and children in need receive health and food assistance. [through 8/99]
- More Toddlers Are Being Immunized: As a result of the President's 1993 Childhood Immunization Initiative, childhood immunization rates have reached an historic high. According to the CDC, 90% or more of America's toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely recommended vaccines in 1996, 1997, and again in 1998 —surpassing the President's 1993 goal. In Vermont in 1998, 98% of two-year olds received the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 95% received the vaccine for polio; 96% received the vaccine for measles, and 97% received the vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of meningitis.
- Funding for HIV/AIDS Assistance Programs: In FY 2000, Vermont will receive $250,000 in Ryan White Title II formula grants. This funding provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services. Also through the Ryan White Act, Vermont will receive $260,156 for state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs), which help those without insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. There has been a tenfold increase in ADAP funding in the last four years, up from $52 million in 1996 to $528 million in 2000. [HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, 4/7/00]
- Tobacco Plan Will Cut Smoking and Premature Deaths by 38% in Vermont: The Clinton Administration's tobacco proposal, combined with the recently enacted state tobacco settlements, will cut youth smoking and resulting premature deaths 38% in Vermont by 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, 6,900 of Vermont's youth will be kept from smoking and 2,200 will be spared a premature tobacco-related death. [Treasury Dept., 2/99]
- 290,000 Americans in Vermont Cannot Be Assured They Have Patient Protections: Even if Vermont enacted all the protections in the Patients' Bill of Rights, 290,000 people in Vermont cannot be assured they have the comprehensive patient protections recommended by the President's Advisory Commission. This is because the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may preempt state-enacted protections. That is why the President has called on Congress to pass a federally enforceable patients' bill of rights so that everyone enrolled in managed care may have a basic set of protections. Notably, 140,000 Vermont women are in ERISA health plans and are therefore not necessarily protected. Women are particularly vulnerable without these protections because they are greater users of health care services, they make three-quarters of the health care decisions for their families, and they have specific health care needs addressed by a patients' bill of rights.
CARING FOR OUR VETERANS
- Invested Nearly $115 Million in Vermont's Veterans: President Clinton and Vice President Gore are committed to caring for Vermont's 62,000 veterans. The Veterans Administration invested nearly $115 million in Vermont in 1999 alone. In 1999, 6,728 Vermont veterans received disability compensation or pension payments, nearly 450 went to college on the GI Bill, and 531 bought a home using VA loan guarantees.
- Providing Health Care for Vermont's Veterans: Since 1993, the VA health system has increased the number of patients treated every year by over 29 percent; treated 83 percent more homeless patients; organized approximately 1,300 sites of care delivery under 22 Veterans Integrated Service Networks; and established more than 250 new community-based outpatient clinics. In 1999, nearly 10,000 veterans received health care in Vermont's VA facilities.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
- $7.7 Million in Safe Drinking Water Funding: This year [FY00], thanks to President Clinton, Vermont will receive $7.7 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to provide low-interest loans to municipalities to build, improve, and prevent pollution of drinking water systems.
- Four Superfund Sites Cleaned Up: Since the President took office in 1993, the EPA has completed four toxic waste site clean-ups in Vermont. The sites are located in Springfield, Rockingham, and Bennington (2). In contrast, only one site was cleaned up in the previous 12 years combined. [through 3/1/00]
- Brownfields—Revitalizing Burlington: As part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to clean up Brownfields, the EPA has awarded grants to Burlington for environmental clean-up and economic revitalization. This project is intended to jump-start local clean-up efforts by providing funds to return unproductive, abandoned, contaminated urban properties to productive use.
SPEARHEADING URBAN RENEWAL EFFORTS
- Revitalizing Vermont's Communities: Burlington was designated an Enterprise Community in December, 1994 and was awarded $3 million to create more jobs, housing, and economic opportunity for area residents. In 1999, Burlington was named a Strategic Planning Community.
PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
- $46.2 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, Vermont has received $46.2 million in disaster relief. This includes $1.6 million for Tropical Storm Floyd in 1999; $20 million for severe ice storms, rain, high winds and flooding in 1998; and $3 million in assistance to recover from severe floods that occurred in January of 1996. [FEMA, 2/29/00]
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
- $312 Million in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, Vermont has received $312 million in federal highway aid, including $11.8 million for emergency relief in response to natural disasters and $1.5 million for scenic byways. These funds have helped generate 12,936 jobs. [through FY99]
- Over $20.1 Million in Aviation Funds: From FY93-FY99 Vermont received over $20.1 million in Airport Improvement Program funds to help build and renovate airports, and, when necessary, to provide funds for noise abatement to improve the quality of life for residents who live near airports.
- Over $68.7 Million in Transit Funds: Vermont has received over $68.7 million in Federal Transit Administration funds since 1993.
- Saving Lives and Property: In 1999, the United States Coast guard saved 10 lives and nearly $3 million of property in Vermont.