Find out what the candidates have to say about Vermont's child care crisis, affordable housing, broadband connectivity, and rural economic development. If your candidates do not yet have a statement listed, send them an email asking them to visit this page and submit one.
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Let's Grow Kids, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and the Vermont Housing Finance Agency partnered to draft these nonpartisan questions so we can hear what the candidates have to say about Vermont's child care crisis, affordable housing, broadband connectivity, and rural economic development.
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All candidates running for office in Vermont were invited to send us their answers to these questions:
• Vermont is well positioned to become a work-from-home capital, but consistent broadband access across the state is key to realizing this goal. Nearly 70,000 Vermonters currently lack internet connection or have limited service. This makes working and learning from home, and telehealth services, impossible. What steps would you take to quickly address the immediate emergency need facing households without sufficient internet access, while also planning for a future that will require increasingly faster internet speeds?
• Overwhelmingly, Vermonters believe that child care is essential. However, even before COVID-19, 3 out of 5 of Vermont's youngest children didn't have access to the child care they need. A recent poll found that 75% of Vermonters support increasing state funding for child care, and Vermont's Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care found that achieving an affordable, high-quality child care system would require an investment of approximately $205 million per year. What is your vision for Vermont's early care and education system, and how would you propose funding this system?
• The state moved quickly to save lives when people who were living in congregate homeless shelters in early March were offered individualized hotel or motel rooms so they could be safe from the virus. This was a brave yet costly and unsustainable solution. Considering Vermont has a well documented shortage of homes affordable to many Vermonters, the question now is: What's next for these individuals? How would you address the public health risks facing people without homes and how would you address their ongoing needs?
• Although the Northeast Kingdom is comprised of the least populous, least densely-settled counties in a state with one of the most rural populations in the entire country, it is also experiencing a population in decline, while the recreation, creative, and food sectors have proven to be strong drivers of the regional economy. They exemplify the Vermont brand and lifestyle and provide experiences that are attractive to working-age individuals and families. Pre-COVID-19, Kingdom Trails alone had an annual impact of over $10M as we experience 135,000 visits in 2019 to our 100+ miles of trails made possible by generous private landowners. What potential policy changes or initiatives would you advocate for that would encourage investment and further infrastructure in outdoor recreation, creative arts, and food to continue sustainable economic growth in rural regions of Vermont?