State Senate


Party: PROG./DEM.

District: Washington

Residence: MIDDLESEX, VT


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I was the founder and director of Rural Vermont, Director of the Vermont Public Interest Group (VPIRG) and Senior Policy Advisor to Bernie Sanders in the U.S. House of Representatives. I produced and hosted a live, call in radio show on WDEV AM&FM. I was twice chosen Ally of the Year for my support of Vermonters with developmental disabilies and once honored as Legislator of the Year by Vermont Businesses for Social Reponsibility. I graduated from Johnson State College in Johnson Vermont. I have two incredible daughters, a couple of amazing grandkids and a wonderful wife.

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Q: What are your Top 3 Priorities?

1Reduce propert tax by moving from property to income to fund schools. Building on plan I submitted last session, now being further analyzed by Tax Dept. and Joint Fisal Office. Currently, middle class families pay a larger share of their income to fund schools than wealthier Vermonters do. That's not fair. While we need to provide our schools with the funding they deserve, taxes should be fair and based on income.My plan will make funding more fair, move from property to income, have some wealthier folks pay more, to bring them in line with the rest of us and raise new revenue to provide middle and lower income families a break. That is fair.

2Strengthen our Vermont economy from the bottom up, putting more money in the pockets of middle class families so they can care for their families and support local businesses. To grow and create more jobs local businesses need more customers with more money to spend in the local economy. This means raising the minimum wage, encouraging local investments that also create jobs (housing, infrastructure, energy efficiency, renewable energy etc.) and lowering the cost of our state colleges to keep young people in state and strengthen our workforce.

We should build on a program I already introduced and passed creating a "10% for Vermont" fund that is now investing in affordable housing and energy efficiency.

3Establish a state Ethics Commission to hold policy makers accountable, increase transparency and independently investigate and rule on allegations of campaign finance violations, conflicts of interest and other ethical questions.

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