Friday, November 9, 2012

Election Results and Thanks

Well the results are in and I'm not.  Congratulations to Phil Winters and Susan Hatch Davis on returning to represent Orange-1 in the Vermont Legislature.

Not winning is certainly a disappointment but I got 1,014 votes or 16% of the total which is nothing to simply dismiss.  I thank each of you who voted for me.  I also want to thank those who were gracious to me a their doors or who stopped to say they supported me.  All the kind words meant a lot and kept me going.

I will be transforming this into a blog that looks at what's happening in the legislature and in Vermont in general so stay tuned. There is a lot of work left to be done and we can make a difference by making our voices heard.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Too Much Legislation

Reason #10 To Vote For Me

I think the Vermont Legislature legislates too much. It seems as though they feel they have to justify all that time in Montpelier by addressing things that only they see as problems.

I'll push for using the bi-annual session the way the founders intended.  Individual legislators will only be able to introduce bills in the first year of the session.  Each committee would pick no more than three pieces of priority legislation to focus on. The legislature should go back to adopting a two-year budget in the first year of the session.

During the second year of the session legislators would focus on any adjustments needed to the budget and on bills introduced by either the governor or the speaker of the house.  This is the way business was done until recent years.  Under my proposal, both the guv and the speaker would each be limited to introducing no more than three bills.

First Ad

My first ad of this campaign is appearing this week so look for it.  I think it came out pretty good.