MANCHESTER - Tax policy and legislation have an impact on everyone. For those who need to understand trends and directions that affect them and want to hear what their legislators see as potential tax reform initiatives as Vermont moves toward single payer health care, there is a "Tax Policy, Tax Legislation, and Your Wallet - Current and Future" forum for information and answers to many questions.

The state tax policy forum will be held on Monday, March 31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Manchester Recreation Department's Park House, in the Activity Room, 340 Recreation Park Road, (off Route 30 North) in Manchester Center. It is open to everybody without charge or obligation.

The speakers are: Cynthia Browning, Representative for Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate, Sunderland, House Committee on Corrections/Institutions; Michael Costa, Deputy Director of Health Care Finance, Vermont Department of Finance and Management (Former Director of Vermont Tax Department Policy); Peter Galbraith, Senator-Windham, Senate Committees on Finance, Natural Resources and Energy, Lake Shore Protection, Judicial Retention and Jeff Wilson, Representative for Arlington, Manchester, Sandgate, Sunderland; House Committee on Ways and Means, Special Committee on School Construction. Michael A. Keane, Co-Chair of the Bennington County Democratic Party and newly elected member of the Bennington Select Board, will serve as moderator.

This is the second in a series of informative sessions sponsored by the Bennington County Democratic Party. The next forum, Economic Development and Your Future, will be held in Bennington in late April or early May.

For more information on this forum or future sessions sponsored by the Bennington County Democratic Party, contact Keane at mapkeane@comcast.net or Chuck Sweetman at csweetman2002@aol.com.