We all agree, the rebuilding of the state employee complex and Vermont State Hospital is critical to the economic future of Waterbury and many residents of the state of Vermont.
That's what makes Governor Shumlin's FEMA disaster so disappointing. During budget hearings last year, Shumlin told Vermonters the feds would be contributing 90 percent of the rebuild cost, or about $100 million. Last week, his administration drops a bombshell, announcing the federal money was never there - just a vague promise apparently between two government bureaucrats.
What was Shumlin's response when he suddenly felt the heat from concerned taxpayers, their legislators and statewide media? "No worries, you can trust me, we'll find the money," Shumlin said. Governor, money doesn't grow on trees. Nor does a revitalized Waterbury economy. Governor Shumlin should be ashamed of himself. He is either arrogant, incompetent or both.
Stephen F. Clark