Lisman not part of the system
Vermont has been ranked second to last in the US for — best economic outlook. Our taxes are out of control and we have burdened businesses with taxes and regulations to the point where they are fleeing. These businesses could have provided key jobs for Vermonters who can't afford our property taxes and rental rates. They are heading to other, more affordable, states.
A recent Burlington Free Press article reported that "A Vermonter must work full time and earn more than $21 per hour to be able to afford a typical two-bedroom apartment." Without a well-paying job; no person can afford that rate. Colleges like Champlain and VTC that teach job skills and give graduates a background in business and life skills help Vermont's retention rate, but is not enough.
The unbalanced Legislature has made Vermont's economic outlook grim. Vermont deserves to hear both sides of any proposed legislation and then hopefully our representatives will vote on what is the right policy .not what will get them reelected and not just what the party leadership wants. We were a state of independent, crotchety thinkers .what has happened to us? I am not a strong party person, but Vermont needs an Independent or Republican Governor to be a balance to the lopsided legislature. There must be veto power.
It's time for a new direction. Bruce Lisman has 40 years of experience in business and does not come with any government connections. He will be able to think about efficiency and policy from the outside like a citizen and business person .like most of us. He is not afraid of change.
He is not part of the system. This background will make him the perfect candidate to take Vermont into a prosperous future; a future that doesn't ignore the needs of its businesses and its young people. Vermont needs Bruce to help pull our state out of the economic hole that "lets implement without worrying about how to pay for it" politics has dug us into.
Bruce's plan to encourage responsible development of new housing will drive down renters' rates. This along with his plan to streamline and make accountable our economic development programs, and his understanding of business leaders will help create the proper jobs necessary to keep people in Vermont. The answer may also be just leave them alone except for issues that assure the health and safety of workers and the environment.
Bruce's experience and fresh outsider approach to Vermont's economic crisis is exactly why he has my endorsement for Governor of the Green Mountain State.
— Mary Evslin Stowe