On Friday September 16th, Laura Sibilia met with voters at the Readsboro Inn, listening to concerns and taking questions on her positions on various issues. She was asked to talk about the education governance and Small School grant elimination bills that have been perennially threatened by the Vermont Legislature as a fix to the property tax crisis and to talk about what Vermont government could be doing to better assist businesses.
Laura noted that all of the towns in her district have small schools, and some of the towns have been experiencing more economic/vitality challenges then others in the past decade plus.
“The number one most important factor when working at growing your town’s vitality and making it more economically attractive is the quality of the schools. This is widely understood both nationally and internationally. Losing your only school will create a big challenge in terms of being able to participate in a growing Vermont and vital economy. The real kicker is consolidation is really only seriously talked about as a means to save money,while the fact is all of the evidence in Vermont shows that larger schools don’t save money or improve quality. Consolidation is a way of doing something while not addressing the fundamental flaw of the education finance method that came from as a result of the Brigham decision. Equal dollars per student from the statewide property tax did not provide equitable opportunity for all students.
In terms of how we might better support business development, we need to recognize that most businesses in Vermont are actually very very small. And most very very small business owners are not hoarding piles of cash – they are working 60-80 hours a week, often understaffed, and are incredibly generous in their contributions to their employees, towns and state. Businesses know what they need to succeed and grow – we should listen more to what they tell us. Invest tax dollars to grow revenues by increasing marketing dollars, getting the cellular and broadband last mile done and ensuring that the hearty taxes (property and all of the others) paid by businesses result in a lower cost of doing business.”
Sibilia continues to host public and private voter events. On Thursday August 21st she will be meeting with voters in Wardsboro at the Bittersweet Memories Cafe and Bakery from 5:30-7:00.
WINDHAM-BENNINGTON DISTRICT- Laura Sibilia, an Independent candidate for State Representative for Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro and Whitingham has announced her campaign will hold a fundraising event September 6th from 4-6 PM at the One More Time tent in Dover.
Sibilia says she is enjoying traveling around the district meeting one on one with residents and business owners, and has established a number of community meet and greet events.
“Having these one on one and group discussions with voters has been really engaging. It’s what I love doing! I intend to find as many opportunities as possible to speak with and hear from every voter in our district about the issues and opportunities we face. That takes time and realistically it also takes funding. As a serious candidate I knew that going into the campaign. As an Independent voice for our district, I’ve also pledged not to take funds from any political party, PAC or lobbyist. While I am grateful for the encouragement and support the campaign has received so far, I know we need to keep working hard to raise funds to aid in reaching all voters in the district so we can win this House seat election.”
The event in the tent at One More Time in Dover will feature live music by Greg Burnell, refreshments, and candid talk about the issues of the day. Suggested donation is $20 but the will be open to all who want to spend an afternoon in support of the campaign along the Valley Trail in Dover.
Laura can be reached at 348-7131 or laurasibiliavt.com. To follow Laura’s campaign on facebook go to facebook.com/laurasibiliavt . All campaign events are posted on her website at www.laurasibiliavt.com
Nicely done! Having managed a couple of public art projects and auctions from my time at the chamber, my hat is off to the Friends of the Wardsboro Library for their “Red Barn Affair”. Important auction to support their community work at the renovated library.
Got to chat (briefly!) with busy lady Chris Holden who also volunteers on a Route 30 and 100 multi-town community promotion project, AND ran into my friend from Dover School Carol Backus! Volunteerism is a passion in Vermont!
“I’ve been everywhere” (Johnny Cash version) was playing repeat on the mental turntable during The Deerfield Valley Annual Blueberry Festival last week. We were everywhere and it was great! Photos of some of the events we went to. Kudos to all the organizers and businesses from all of the different towns on this entertaining blue themed week!