VSEA Statement On Proposal To Eliminate ACCD

“Frontline ACCD employees know how to do their job, and they do it very well every day.”

Vermont State Employees’ Association Opposes Proposed ACCD Elimination
 
            The Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) is opposed to a proposal floated today by Senate Pro Tem Peter Shumlin (D-Windham) and House Speaker Shap Smith (D-Lamoille) to dissolve the State’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and fold many of the services performed there into the Department of Labor.
            “At a time when many Vermonters are seeking help with housing issues—and many Vermont businesses are looking for advice on ways to create new jobs and retain employees—dissolving the agency tasked with providing direction to both would seem short sighted and not in the best interest of Vermonters,” said VSEA Director Jes Kraus. “Frontline ACCD employees know how to do their job, and they do it very well every day.”
            Kraus added that VSEA is also opposed to the idea of privatizing many of the ACCD services.
            “By statute, a 10 percent savings must be demonstrated in order to privatize an existing State function,” said Kraus. “I’m not aware that savings has even been identified here.”