Rep. Charles Wilson
In response to my writings and updates this session from the House of Representatives, many apparently feel I am negative. I report the truth so that people will know how much debt we are in now and will be in the future due to the decisions made by the current supermajority. The true Vermont culture, established over many generations, is quickly disappearing, and may forever be lost.
S.115, passed by the Senate and now in the House, tightens guidelines and raises fees for agricultural food contamination or infectious disease. Vermont has excessive fees, regulations and permits that hurt and disable small farms and businesses. The US Dept. of Agriculture also leads the way in regulations with penalties for offenses of the agricultural jurisdictions. There is now a Dairy Adjustment Insurance which farmers pay, which again is a tax!
H.270 – Cannabis regulation, tax and fees, which passed in the House and is now in the Senate. In the grand scheme, will this help our youth and Vermont?
H.131- This is a beverage, value added tax on alcohol to support and implement, three new bureaucratic positions for Green Mountain Recreation. This bill is now in my committee.
S.37, passed by both House and Senate – This bill is an unconstitutional provision to deter women who wish to REVERSE the effects of the “abortion pill” medication to save their pregnancy. Where is the personal right for a woman to choose in this? Also, there is serious talk of allowing the abortion pills to be available through vending machines on college campuses and possibly elsewhere. In all my writings and updates this session from the House of Representatives, many apparently feel
And now to S.5 – the “Affordable Heat Act,” passed by both House and Senate. Not only is this bill going to cause great financial and personal living harm to many low-income earners and seniors, but the oversight to this monstrosity is going to be in the hands of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) who are not elected officials. This should be the responsibility and therefore be held accountable to the Legislature. This is a cauldron of Democrat/Progressive overreach and abuse of power because there has been a huge outcry of rejection…By whom? The people of Vermont! Our citizens (and fuel dealers who will become our new tax collectors) are outraged and the parties in power do not care. They have been untruthful and have ignored their oath of office, not to knowingly be injurious to their citizens.
When our President in the first days of his presidency, closed the Keystone Pipeline, and sold off our strategic fuel supplies, he in fact aligned himself with the U.N. and the Paris Accord. Our fuel companies are being blamed for the high fuel prices, but the truth is in the dependency we now have on more foreign oil.
This is all not “hate speech.” This is the truth of where we are headed. If true Vermonters do not embolden themselves and stand up to this legislative lawlessness, there is no voice of the people. More dairy farms will go under, landlords will continue to raise rents, electric rates will rise, as well as fuel, propane, car prices, car repairs, housing, land, food, property taxes, and medical and insurance rates. We will see more lawsuits against the State of Vermont, a doubled salary increase for the legislators, and of course who will pay for all this? You, Dear Citizen.
The author is a Lyndon resident, House representative for Caledonia-3, and a Republican. He sits on the Committee on Agriculture, Food Resiliency and Forestry.