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A message to our Governor & General Assembly

We, the undersigned, recognize that Vermont is on an unsustainable path of little or no private sector job growth, excessive government spending and overwhelming tax burdens that are among the very highest in the country. This condition predates the recession.

Our unsustainable and oppressive tax burdens need to be addressed with a comprehensive, Long-Term Economic Plan. One that provides a roadmap of hope and opportunity through economic and productivity growth, leading to the kind of quality job creation and affordable living standards all Vermonters deserve.

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Alan BrearleyEssex Junction

As my wife and I near retirement age we are forced to choose between staying in the state we have grown to love -- and continue to be crushed by the high costs and insane political agenda -- or move south to a place where every dollar spent buys much more. With each passing year, Montpelier is effectively making that choice for us. Thanks for taking the lead in attempting to fight this trend!

Norm StachelekStratton Mountain

Renewing Vermont Yankee's license would be a good place to start.

Deborah BucknamEast Hardwick

We know the problems Vermont is facing- high (and complicated) taxes, over regulation, nanny state mentality, anti business attitude of the government. We need to move on to solutions. The Irish economic miracle is a model. In 1986, Ireland slashed government spending, abolished some government agencies. Non interest government spending was reduced from 55% of GDP to 41% by 1993. Ireland then slashed taxes, and opened their borders. The result- by 2006, Ireland had gone from one of the poorest countries in Western Europe to the country with the highest per capita income in Europe--and the youngest population. We need a specific agenda- we need to promise to cut certain agencies (how about the VT Human Rights Commission for starters), cut overall government spending by a fixed percentage, simplify our taxes, make specific recommendations for simplifying our regulatory and permitting system. General complaints and general solutions won't do.

Pat SokolowskiN Ferrisburgh

I strongly support the message of Vermonters for Economic Health and feel that we are becoming increasingly oppressed by the tax burden.

Bill SlatteryUnderhill

The legislature of Florida has just passed a bill that will cut their salary and the salaries of the governor, lt governor etc 10% due to their budget shortfall. Do you think Vermont will follow suit?

Darryl FinnBurlington

I am just another working class Vermonter getting swallowed alive by the ridiculously high taxes in this state. It is impossible to get ahead when a huge percentage of the meager wages of a blue collar worker like myself are stolen by "our leaders" in Montpelier.

George WoodwardSwanton
Richard PettengillOrleans

As a pensioner on a fixed income I prepare individual tax returns to suppliment my income. I find it quite hard to see people receiving large property tax credits (4 digits) while in fact are high net worth folks with assets invest in conventional IRAs. Perhaps assets should also be brought into the equation. Assets are used to determine eligibility for the fuel oil assistant programs.

Peter HuffmanBurlington, VT
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Kevin CampSt. Albans

I guess i did not realize how bleak the future really looks for Vermont. We need to do something now to change the belief in Montpelier that we need to fund more and more entitlement programs while ignoring the basic concept of creating a tax base through job creation. Cost cutting and Manufacturing jobs are what this state needs not more welfare.

Wendy WiltonRutland

Thank you for your efforts to inform Vermonters about the real economic issues we have today and will more serious over time. The mainstream media delivers only soundbites that fit the ideology of the editor(s)it seems. This valuable information is not making to the public, becuase of that. I would also like to see this group push for roll call votes to be printed in the daily newspapers as a ray of "sunshine" that the press so vocally supports, but pays lip service to. I still have hope thatVermont can grapple with this reality before it's too late and create a better environment for our young people to remain or return, but it won't happen unless Vermonters rise up and take control of their statehouse again. Best, Wendy

Anonymous Stowe

if a property tax must be used for state initiatives it is patiently unconstitutional to attempt to adjust the tax selectively and unequally by other criteria suseptable to purely political and fairly arbitrary motives and reasoning (e.g. 'rich towns')

Levi WagonmasterRutland

I have seen the ads on TV about the VT Lottery celebrating an anniversary and giving three hundred and something million in profits to the education fund and general fund (or something like that). Then one must ask, why are taxes still high????

Elizabeth MoserWest Rutland
Patrick FallarPoultney

It is getting harder and harder to make ends meet, now we have to decide between driving, eating or keeping warm. Would be nice if the state could cut down on their spending, get rid of all the non Vermonters in the state house and that would help, have Vermont run by Vermonter's

Josephine WilliamsPoultney, Vt

People in Montpelier have forgotten the Vermonter that was born here and wants to continue living here. Taxes are out of sight and there is no relief for the older Vermonter. Would like to keep my home while I am alive.

Doug StuartChittenden

Once upon a time even the sales tax on retail goods was introduced as a temporary fix to a budget shortfall. This was only 36 +/- years ago. In the 1980’s our wonderful governor from New Jersey single handedly started the process of eliminating both existing, and start up, industrial development. Her idea of industrialization was to have the natives of Vermont sit on the their front lawns spinning wool and making pottery while the tourists took our pictures. Any legislator who thinks he or she would still have a job if you ran a private, or public, business the way you run Montpelier, raise your hand. I thought so....

Anthony PontoWest Rutland

Vermont will have the cleanest water and air, but we will be hungry and cold.

Terry WilliamsPoultney

As the 8th highest taxed state in the union with the least commerce and worst infrastructure, you need to start lowering our taxes and using them more wisely or we'll all be out in the cold with no bridges to cross nor roads to travel.