Letter: Legislature about to fail young Vermonters again
To the Editor:
As the legislative session winds down, three bills that would support young Vermonters hoping to stay in Vermont after high school or college are being left behind.
One bill that would support solid workforce development efforts is languishing in a pile somewhere hoping to receive a little funding. Another that would provide modest tuition support for strong Vermont students to attend our state colleges and university is dead. And a third that would help fund community efforts to extend high speed fiber to more homes and businesses will probably not be supported. These issues are at the top of the list for young Vermonters, but Montpelier doesn't seem to see it.
A small Band-Aid may be applied to early education, which will allow a few more young Vermonters to become underpaid early educators, but that is cold comfort to this year's high school and college graduates who are looking to actually make a living from their careers.
As for the governor? Well, he wants more for economic development and bribes to attract a couple dozen people to move here for a while.
The writer is chair of the Brattleboro Town School Board and a member of the Brattleboro Selectboard. His opinions are his own.
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