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It's time to make Vermont more affordable

04/24/2008

To The Editor:

It seems ironic that Democrats try to accuse Governor Douglas of lacking leadership, yet time and again the governor has led the way to make Vermont more affordable and growing our economy. It's been his battle cry! Whenever the governor proposes an initiative to strengthen Vermont's economy, lower taxes or provide more affordable housing, it's the Democrats who rail against these proposals.

When Governor Douglas presented his budget, Shumlin called it a "fairy tale." When Governor Douglas proposed a housing initiative to ease the regulatory burden so developers could create housing that Vermonters could afford, Symington not only shot the idea down but wanted to add more regulations. And now that the governor is proposing an economic stimulus plan, the Democrats are shocked.

Vermonters, though, shouldn't be shocked about the state of our economy. For the past four years, the Democrats and Progressives in the Legislature have stood in the way of any real action that would help businesses and families. Their efforts have been on peripheral issues such as taxing plastic bags and requiring licenses to sell dogs. Governor Douglas has led in many ways. Now it's time for Gaye Symington and Peter Shumlin to bring up serious proposals to make Vermont more affordable.

Hugh Campbell

Waitsfield

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