As a real estate broker in the area, I am concerned about the soft market we have struggled with throughout the state, outside of Chittenden County. It is my belief that issues relating to real estate values are rooted in job losses and high tax rates. Since 2010 the state of Vermont has shed 3,000 jobs. The legislature is facing a $100 million revenue shortfall in this year’s budget due to lower incomes of Vermonters. The state has a serious affordability crisis.
Vermont must be made more affordable for its citizens. That is why I am supporting Representative Doug Gage for Vermont House to represent City Ward 4. Doug has a proven track record of voting against tax increases, including property and income tax increases, as well as, being pro-business. Unless we cut spending, create a pro-business state atmosphere, taxes will continue to increase. It’s a pretty simple reality.
Doug has the endorsement of the National Federation of Small Businesses (VT Chapter) and the support of many of the region’s business owners because he has been a good steward of our tax dollars.
Doug’s opponent has the backing of a party that refuses to find a solution to the spending problem that has resulted in our current crisis. There is no reason to believe she would vote as Doug has voted based on her affiliation. If you care about your ability to afford to live in this beautiful state, please join me in supporting Gage for House.
Maggie Meyer, Rutland City