Where do we sign up?
Whenever someone offers free money and a job, you have to wonder what’s the catch. However, the only catch in this offer is that you would have to move into the state of Vermont!
So if you’re not dreaming of working in the Big Apple or making it big in other cities in the US, then perhaps moving to Vermont and working from home might appeal to you.
Move to Vermont
Recently, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed a bill into law that will pay people $10,000 if they move to Vermont and work remotely for an employer out of state.
The Remote Worker Grant Program will take effect on January 1, 2019, and will help cover moving, living and working expenses. Grants can be used for relocation, computer software and hardware, broadband internet and access to a co-working space.
Currently, Vermont has budgeted funds to support 100 grants for the first three years and 20 additional workers each year from then on. Grant recipients will receive $10,000 over two years that will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ageing population and shrinking tax base
The move to Vermont policy is intended to address Vermont’s ageing population and a shrinking tax base.
“Vermont continues to age, and age faster than the nation as a whole. Over the past quarter of a century, the median age nationally has increased by almost five years to 37.8 while Vermont’s has increased by 10 years,” says Art Woolf in an article in the Burlington Free Press.
This trend has made Vermont one of the oldest states in the nation.
The program, aimed at convincing the state’s 13 million annual tourists to permanently relocate to Vermont, will be organized by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing and will connect visitors with local employers, entrepreneurs, community leaders and potential neighbors.
“We have about 16,000 fewer workers than we did in 2009. That’s why expanding our workforce is one of the top priorities of my administration,” Scott said in a statement.
“We must think outside the box to help more Vermonters enter the labor force and attract more working families and young professionals to Vermont. That’s exactly what the Department of Tourism and Marketing did with this program for out-of-state visitors who may be interested in living full-time in Vermont, and I’m excited to see it move forward.”
Would you move to Vermont just to get $10,000 and the opportunity to work from home? We would!
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