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There is so much that is good about St. Johnsbury, and so many opportunities to make our community even stronger with effective leadership! Today, I humbly announce that I am seeking reelection for State Representative. I look forward to the campaign, and continuing to meet the people that make St. Johnsbury such a special place!

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The Vermont Legislature, for the first time, just finished a biennium without increasing a single tax or fee! This is a tremendous accomplishment and speaks to the leadership of Gov. Phil Scott and a scrappy group of legislators that understand how the affordability crisis is hurting many Vermonters. There is more fiscal work to be done, and I am excited to continue to get Vermonters even more value for their hard-earned tax dollars and identify taxes and fees that can be reduced.

Much of my work in Montpelier has been in education policy -I am proud to have been an author of Acts 173 and 46.

Act 173 was passed in 2018. This act will enhance the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to all students, especially those that receive additional support. Act 173 will help Vermont children access services more efficiently and effectively, and save Vermont taxpayers up to $140 million annually.

In districts that have embraced governance consolidation, administrative efficiencies have led to savings, equity has been increased, and choice has been expanded to many of Vermont’s children that previously had none. Act 46 is working.

St. Johnsbury and the Northeast Kingdom have been particularly disadvantaged due to Montpelier's fiscal polices. We are subject to a system of taxation that geographically punishes St. Johnsbury and other communities on the Connecticut River Valley. The compounding effect of sales tax over many decades has discouraged investment in this area. In 2018, the Sales Tax was disentangled from the General Fund. Now that it only supports the Education Fund, it may prove easier to eliminate – still a heavy lift, but stay tuned.

These issues and others are very complex St. Johnsbury deserves a representative that knows St. Johnsbury and has an understanding of a representative democracy, global economics, tax policy, and most importantly, can work with both sides of the aisle and both sides of the state to craft legislation and policy that is beneficial for St. Johnsbury.



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