The meeting was more of an informational meeting targeted towards candidates or potential candidates to help explain their views on current issues facing the state of Vermont.
First, resources for information were mentioned, including:
Then, specific issues were discussed. The major theme was the taxes are two high, government spending is out-of-control and unsustainable and that the proposed Catamount health care plan will not work for obvious reasons. Direct comparisons were made to New Hampshire and how they excel in almost any measure you can make such as poverty level, health, education quality, etc., yet their government runs on 50% less than the Vermont budget and they have more people than we do.
It was discussed how Vermont is showing more and more aggression towards people that produce and that more and more people that produce are moving away, going to places like New Hampshire where they are more appreciated. It was mentioned that Vermont is becoming a place for the poor or retired/ trust fund people as the working middle class continues to be punished.
Heavenly and I, and Glyn Wilkinson attended the Vermont Libertarian Party Convention. I feel it was a great gathering of liberty-minded people of Vermont.
In the morning session, Hardy Machia, the chair, announced that we have reached our goal of $10,000 fundraising to help support candidates for state representative races. Click here to read the press release on this. Congratuations to Hardy for his efforts on this and a big thanks to everyone who contributed and another big thanks and good luck to everyone who is considering running.
Then we revised our state party platform for reflect current issues going on in the state… I will post a copy of it once I get the final draft. I think it’s something we can all be very proud of.
We then had a very nice lunch and time for us to converse with each other on what’s happening in our towns and about further plans for the party. After lunch, we were treated to a speech and Q/A from Ethan Allen himself. 🙂
Then we heard from several great guest speakers on important issues related to Vermont, including:
We also had some excellent vendors distributing literature and discussing their issues including,
Then we ended the convention with time for socializing. This was my first VTLP conference and I think it was a great one… plan to attend the next one and would encourage anyone interested in liberty issues in Vermont to attend. The event helped give us all hope for the future of Vermont.
I will be following up with individual blog posts regarding each speaker as what they said and their ideas that I would like to cover is too much to include in a single post.