Sept. 4, 2008
In defense of Symington
In a recent attack, Republican Gov. Jim Douglas said, “Because of Gaye Symington’s support for Act 60 and her failure to lead on this issue, Vermonters will see a 7.5 percent increase in their property tax bills” (Douglas Press Release 7/30/08).
I’m not sure if Gov. Douglas understands what is happening in the Legislature, but Act 60 is no longer the prevailing law. Act 68 is and was created by Gov. Douglas.
In fact, it was Jim Douglas who would have increased property taxes if his budget proposal had been passed. Thankfully, Speaker Gaye Symington opposed that proposal and supported using $21 million in revenue from the capital gains tax to relieve pressure on the property tax.
I am certainly glad that at least Symington understands the needs of average Vermonters.
Ashe for Senate
I hope you’ll support my friend Tim Ashe for State Senate. As a proud resident of Williston, it’s really important to me that Tim feels strongly we need to support the concept of Growth Centers, as well as designated downtowns, in order to keep our communities healthy.
Reps for Barnard
There’s a great reason in Chittenden County to mark Sept. 9 on your calendar and vote in the Democratic primary. Rep. Denise Barnard of Richmond is joining our four excellent incumbent senators — Doug Racine, Ginny Lyons, Hinda Miller and Ed Flanagan — in a nine-way race for six seats. Retiring Sen. Jim Condos has endorsed Rep. Barnard to fill his seat.
We are singling out Rep. Barnard from this field of exceptional candidates because we have served with her in the House of Representatives. We believe she will make an excellent state senator. She is a hard-working, small business owner who knows how to get things done. Securing funding for cervical cancer vaccines for women is just one example of how she follows through on important issues. Outgoing and friendly, she considers constituent service job one. If she can’t answer a question, she knows who to go to, and she doesn’t quit until the issue is resolved.
Richmond’s loss in the House will be the county’s gain in the Senate; we urge you to vote for Denise Barnard on Sept. 9.
Democratic Reps. Ken Atkins, Winooski; Clem Bissonette, Winooski; Jim Condon, Colchester; Debbie Evans, Essex; Helen Head, South Burlington; Martha Heath, Westford; Tim Jerman, Essex Junction; Mark Larson, Burlington; Sue Minter, Huntington