Support Our Economy
Many in our Legislature have used the COVID crisis as a spending spree for pet fantasy projects and expansive government – while many real jobs and businesses have disappeared.
Taxes are raised with little thought for the long-term impact, yet the state pension system is chronically underfunded. Inflationary pressures are here to stay for some time, along with depressed wages and rising interest rates.
Government must be responsive to the economy, not make things worse!
Nurture Local Farming
Continuing inflationary pressures will compound dramatically in food. Input costs for major U.S. crops include herbicides and fertilizers that are manufactured from fossil fuels – these costs will layer on top of production costs for fuel in tractors and transportation. Crop yields will decline as farmers cut back on inputs to save costs. Vermont has farmland, farm traditions, and people who want to work. Supporting regenerative agriculture with subsidies and favorable regulatory revisions will boost local food production for the benefit of the economy environment, and human health, at little cost. This should have been done before now – I have advocated for boosting small farms in Vermont for many years. It is essential!
Ensure School Choice
Vermont is one of merely five states that prohibit Charter schools. Homeschooling has tripled in Vermont in the last year as parents seek alternatives to the ideologically politicized curricula in public schools that are increasingly failing to equip students with basic math and reading skills. Instead, Vermont public schools have elevated “social and emotional learning” to the top of their efforts, making racializing, genderizing, and terrifying young children about climate apocalypse higher priorities than traditional education. But most Vermont parents don’t want their 5-year-old conditioned for a life “free of shame” by showing them graphic pornographic novels and reading them white-hate poetry. This is unconstitutional as well as damaging to children – parents must be the ones who decide curricula and their children’s worldview, not Vermont’s highly politicized bureaucracy.
Save The Pensions
Vermont's teachers, and state and municipal workers, have been promised pension benefits and health insurance support that has been grossly underfunded. We propose to accurately quantify the actual obligations, and keep those promises.
Among other plans, we propose to improve counseling services for parents of substance abusers, for pregnant women, and for those who wish to wean off Medically Assisted Treatment.