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!
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.