Tuesday night it was the Democratic candidates for Vermont Governor making a final pitch to win your vote in next weeks primary. Vermont PBS hosted the 2nd of the two debates for the state's top job
Five candidates took to the podium Tuesday. The group include Sue Minter, Matt Dunne, Cris Ericson, Peter Galbraith, and H Brook Paige.
The evening featured quite a diverse group of candidates. While answering questions, Minter, Galbraith, and Dunne spent much of their response time pointing out a change of view, from one another. Paige stuck to the issues covered, while Ericson urged Vermonters to go to the US Marijuana Party website to watch her videos. She claims Democratic Party leadership is excluded her from debates and forums.
Issues ranged from economic development, to act 46 school consolidation. A hot topic always for Vermont, the state budget. "There are many parts to our state budget. I have been someone who's reviewed all of them in the Appropriations Committee and dug deeply into balancing budgets every year as Transportation Secretary," said Sue Minter. H Brooke Paige stated, "Budgeting is normally taking a look at what's coming in and figuring out what your expenses are and kind of leveling that out. I think that the State Legislature and the Governor's Office need to learn a lesson from that." "It is so critical that we get on top of the budget in the state of Vermont, because what we're doing is having a huge deficit. We're cutting front line workers, we're cutting programs the most vulnerable and then we're raising taxes, that happens year after year," countered Matt Dunne. Peter Galbraith said, "A Galbraith budget will fund essential public services and a Galbraith budget will include funding along with a way to pay for it, to start the process of continuing towards single payer health care." Cris Ericson concluded coverage of the topic stating, "We have a decreasing school population and that's a big issue with the state budget. As to the decreasing school population, I want to talk about adoption instead of abortion. Allow low income families to adopt children at lower costs. It'll help the schools, it'll help the budget."
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