I testified on the bill last week - a fun opportunity - sharing what I've learned about remote work from local Vermont superstars like Dimitri Garder at The Lightning Jar and Samantha Sheehan at ValleyWorks. If you're curious, you can see the details of the testimony here. My main points:
Any financial incentive(s) should follow the individual. This will make it easier for freelancers, independent workers, AND traditional remote employees. They can decide to use it for home office, a coworking/work HUB membership, or something else.
Remote work HUBs/coworking/innovation spaces need to be supported. I suggested working from home may not be possible in some areas for lack of technical tools (internet, computer, etc.), life/work skills, and domestic issues, especially if seeking to serve those in need. The HUBs would provide the tech, web access, and training to help people succeed.
Vermont needs to network/interconnect existing coworking/generator/innovation spaces. This will allow the State to market the network for remote workers and tourists ("workations"), attract more members locally, AND help us up the game of the existing spaces in technology and member experience.
The good news is that the amended draft bill includes a $10,000 tax credit for remote workers that move to Vermont after January 1, 2019, clearly designed to attract new people to the State.
That's good. And, what about the remote workers already here, or the ones that land a lucrative job with a company in Massachusetts or California? They're reducing their CO2 emissions, and contributing to their local tax base. How might they be supported?