By James B. Hall
For the better part of the last 20 years, the State of Vermont has been under the Democrat Party, in terms of Legislative control and/or the Governor’s Office. The result has been huge adverse economic impacts, more government control of individual lives, and controls of business and industry through environmental acts and Act 250 expansion.
Going back a few years with Gov Shumlin’s drive to close VT Yankee plant in Vernon, which removed 600+ excellent jobs in a heartbeat, plus adding significant electrical costs showing up each month in the customer bills from the power companies across Vermont.
The Federal Agency controlling licensing of this plant had just approved an additional 20 years of operation. But no,no, this could not happen because Shumlin and his warriors, many of whom are still working against common sense and good judgement today in the so called “Climate Change War,” just could not live with the lack of control and money going out of state, while further empowering its users, so the rest is history.
With the expansion of State Government, and the misguided expansion of the State Employee Roster, the tax liability in this state is one of the highest in the country. Our neighbor, New Hampshire, is a state smaller in acreage, but twice the population, and with half the size of state government in place.
Another huge bureaucracy is the VT Dept of Education. This Department is in dire need of a massive house cleaning and downsizing, turning controls in many areas back to the local school districts where the boards and parents can weigh in on the programs. The State of Virginia has taken real positive steps in the areas noted above; the same is in order for Vermont.
Try to get into the Department of Education HQ in Barre. Even with a signed confidentiality agreement, it cannot be done. It took me six months just to find out that there were, at that time, 150+ folks who worked there. Is this responsive government in action?
In summary, I am asking folks all across Rutland County and Vermont to vote Republican this year. In the State of VT, there are candidates for office who are committed to address the issues that are designed to lessen or remove the hobbles that previous legislatures and others in government have promoted and succeeded in getting in place. We have an opportunity to send some new faces to D C; namely Ericka Redic (House) and Gerald Malloy (Senate). Please give these candidates your vote, and by all means do vote on Nov 8.
The author is a resident of Center Rutland.