By Xander Landen, VTDigger.org

https://vtdigger.org/2020/06/19/house-approves-121-million-in-additional-covid-19-aid-for-businesses/

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, questioned whether having separate grant categories for women and minorities would end up “pigeonholing” these business owners and prevent them from applying to other grant programs. 

“I’m just curious, is this pigeonholing women and minorities into a particular grant program that won’t, clearly, be able to cover anything close to what will be needed,” she said.   

Marcotte, the chair of the economic development committee, said these business owners could apply to other state grant programs, and if they received multiple offers, would have to choose one of the grants. 

He said that his committee wanted to create a program specifically for women- and minority-owned businesses because they’re typically the ones that are “left behind” and aren’t made aware of existing grant opportunities.