*+-Businesses need the Vermont Legislature to not push any harder and let us recover from the still lagging economy.
*+-According to the National Association of Home Builders, for every 10 apartments built, 12.2 construction-related jobs are created. After they are built, the people in them support another three jobs in the community.
*+-It appears that the amount of college debt is now at an astounding $1.1 trillion and growing.
*+-Small schools provide learning opportunities that are sometimes different, but not necessarily lesser in value or quality.
*+-If we develop all of Vermont’s usable ridge lines with industrial wind turbines, and develop thousands of acres of pasture land with industrial solar plants, will that have any impact on global climate trends either directly or indirectly?
*+-With the Windham County Economic Development Program reboot, the governor and ACCD are trying again to make a loan program work in a situation where access to lending is not the primary issue.
*+-The purpose of reform is to enhance education and to address rising costs. The effects of recently proposed legislation would fail on both counts.
*+-Given the changes to Vermont schools under H.361, the Legislature should be certain that this plan will reduce spending and cut taxes. It’s not clear that it will.
*+-Everyone should support getting rid of the philosophical and religious exemptions – everyone should be vaccinated against preventable diseases.
*+-Passing legislation previous to reviews of Education Quality Standards is rash and potentially damaging to many high functioning school systems and student opportunities and learning outcomes across the state.
*+-The demise of H.361 was a foregone conclusion because of the lack of evidentiary support.
*+-I am sad that we are scrapping the best attempt I have seen in years at meaningful reform in education, because our so-called leaders are concerned for their political careers.
*+-I am looking to “protect the value” of my home, but I choose to do so by investing in an infrastructure that supports Vermont’s clean energy independence. I choose solar.
*+-Civil recovery laws are defended as a means to reimburse for losses caused by shoplifters who go uncaught. With such a justification, civil recovery laws are unique in their forthright unfairness.