Imagine someone paying you thousands of dollars just to move for two years and work remotely. Well, Vermont governor Phil Scott signed a bill into law Wednesday that will pay remote workers $10,000 over two years if they'll move to the state. The program is called the New Remote Worker Grant Program.
Why? The population is aging faster than other states, and the aging population has created a quickly shrinking tax base that the governor wants to curb. The median age is 42.8, so he's recruiting between 300 and 1,000 young millennials to move there by offering incentives like this one.
The funds are available "for qualifying remote worker expenses in the amount of not more than $5,000 per year, not to exceed a total of $10,000 per individual new remote worker over the life of the program." The expenses include relocation costs, coworking space memberships, home internet, computer software and hardware, and other applicable expenses. That said, only full-time employees working remotely or from a co-working space for a company outside of Vermont are eligible, and the grants are first-come, first-served, according to Quartz. The grants will be made available to new Vermont residents who are relocating on or after January 1, 2019.
The Green Mountain State has it all: farm-fresh produce and cheese, nationally renowned beer and cider, and really, really good coffee. On top of that, Vermont residents have all the hiking, skiing and kayaking options they need to burn it all off. It's not a bad place to be paid to live in — especially because you can enjoy it all without having to sit in an office ever.
AnnaMarie Houlis is a multimedia journalist and an adventure aficionado with a keen cultural curiosity and an affinity for solo travel. She's an editor by day and a travel blogger at HerReport.org by night.