Dear friends and neighbors,
Next year will see a historical change in leadership of state government with a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House, Senate President, and many long time House members retiring. I am running for re-election to the House to represent Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro, and Whitingham and hope to work with fresh leadership on issues important to our district and to Vermont.
Ongoing challenges that must be prioritized in the next session include ensuring our health reform initiatives are functioning, sustainable and properly budgeted for. We will need to monitor the educational governance changes of Act 46 to make sure the result is the improved and equitable opportunities for all Vermont students that was envisioned and we will need to continue to push for real property tax reform measures, a priority Act 46 lacks. In addition, we need to prioritize the establishment of a continuous assessment, development, and investment program for telecommunications for ALL Vermonters. Future opportunity for existing and new Vermonters relies on our ability to sustain and grow as part of a globally connected economy.
The campaign is approaching a fundraising milestone on July 15th and I would appreciate whatever level of financial or other support you might be able to provide to my campaign. To donate online go to www.laurasibiliavt.com and click on the yellow donate button. Supporters may also send contributions to Laura Sibilia for VT, PO Box 2052, West Dover, VT 05356.
Thank you for your support, your questions and the knowledge you shared with me, about issues you care about, during the past two years. As always, please be in touch with questions, comments or if I may be able to assist you in navigating our state government by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or cell 802-384-0233.
Best wishes to all for a safe and enjoyable July 4th weekend! I’ll be out and about at the fireworks on Hayford Field Saturday and the Wardsboro Parade on Monday.
Regulatory initiatives I led or took a shared leadership role in during my first biennium include:
- Creation of the Southern Vermont Economic Development Zone and resources for increased economic development collaboration between Windham and Bennington Counties.
- Ensuring our towns along the Deerfield River have a representative to the state working group considering a purchase of thirteen TransCanada dams
- Requesting a federal audit of the 6 year old VTel federal stimulus award to determine why wireless telecom services promised to tens of thousands of unserved Vermonters have yet to be received
- Working before and during the legislative session to develop a solution to the Independent Contractor misclassification issue. This is a serious issue for business interests in our district who need to hire independent contractors, and for businesses that are following the law competing with business that are taking shortcuts.
- Began working with a bipartisan group of House and Senate members on developing state budget results based accountability practices and metrics.
- Created Small Schools Caucus to ensure rural Vermont towns have a voice in education policy.
- Ensured that protections for high quality small schools and the identification of the adequate cost of providing an education to Vermont students was included in Act 46. The adequacy study led to development of significant special education cost savings proposals.
- Ensuring that education cost containment measures required financial restraint from schools of all sizes, and not just exclusively our smallest rural schools.
- Worked with students and community volunteers in Wardsboro to educate the rest of Vermont on the appropriateness of having the Gilfeather Turnip be named the Vermont State Vegetable