March 1, 2017

Clarification on my stance on refugee resettlement

Dear Editor,

I would like to make a clarification to Adam Federman’s article on the Rutland City Board of Aldermen candidates (Feb. 21-28). Mr. Federman incorrectly stated my “suggested” stance on humanitarian efforts in Rutland. My position on refugee resettlement has not changed since my conversation with Mr. Federman in mid-January.

I approve of humanitarian efforts in Rutland. I’m concerned that Rutland may not be able to financially support the new residents once the federal stipends end. As alderman, I will seek understanding of what Rutland must pick up when that occurs. As best as I can tell, no funding has been earmarked for that purpose in the FY18 budget.

Gail Johnson, Rutland candidate for Board of Aldermen

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