We live in one of the richest countries in the world. And yet too many Vermonters are struggling. This isn't due to poor choices. It's due to poor policies. I will work to create an opportunity economy in which all Vermonters can thrive.
All Vermonters should have access to reproductive healthcare and the right to decide when, how, or if they want to become parents.
Many of us are only one new family member, unexpected medical incident, or ailing parent away from economic tailspin. Access to a paid medical and family leave insurance program will result in a stronger workforce, healthier children, and it will make Vermont a state more people want to call home.
Too many parents are shut out of the workforce. Access to affordable, high-quality child care is good for our families, our economy, and the long-term health and learning of our children. We have a lot to be proud of in our early childhood education system, and it's time to increase our support and investment.
A clean lake is key to a strong economy, tourism, and recreation. Clean drinking water is key to life. We need to support people, businesses, and farms in practices to eliminate pollution, while also investing in infrastructure and clean-up efforts.
The disease of opioid addiction continues to harm our community and economy. Ending an epidemic takes a full system approach. We need to up our support of prevention and treatment, and further partner with the recovery community to adopt proven approaches.