Below this full list of audience questions is a survey which has been shared with the candidates so they can directly respond directly to them on the site. We will post candidates answers on this list as they come in. Please do not answer the questions yourself (it will be deleted) as they are for the candidates to provide their responses.
QUESTION 1: (Carolyn Weir - Middlebury) Vermont graduates its students from high school successfully, relative to our region and the county. But we don’t support their continuation to postsecondary or their degree attainment once there. The state funds higher education at 50% of what it did in 1980 and the burden of that underfunding is largely shifted to students in the form of high tuition. Of course, low-income and first generation students are most affected. What will you do to reverse this? [Same question submitted twice]
QUESTION 2: (Karen Bixler - Bethel) What is your stance on fossil fuel infrastructure in general and the Vermont pipeline in particular?
QUESTION 3: (Annette Adams - New Haven) How do you plan to protect VT from big power and gas? Will you continue to sell VT to these companies and ship our resources out of state?
QUESTION 4: (Millard Cox - Ripton) Bruce Lisman: what is your opinion of public employee unions (teachers, state workers) and what is your position on a teacher’s right to strike?
QUESTION 5: (Nancy Cobden - Weybridge) Adequate staff for Vermont public health. Real social workers in the welfare department. Home based services. Community action ran by low income people. These worked. Will you fund their replacement?
QUESTION 6: (Abdullah Sall - Burlington) How do you intend to address the housing crisis affecting our state?
QUESTION 7: (Marnie Wood, Middlebury) Where do you stand regarding end of life choice? I wish to have a governor who is/who will protect Act 39 - each person’s right to hasten the end of life if terminally ill and within six months of dying. Our legislators and governor need to continue to protect this important right of choice.
QUESTION 8: (Beth Diamond - Middlebury) How do you feel about the fact that we are an “at will employment” state?
QUESTION 9: (Dave Silberman - Middlebury) Three of the candidates have expressed support for marijuana legalization. With efforts to legalize hitting substantial hurdles in the House, I’d like to know which candidates will make legalization a priority in 2017.
QUESTION 10: (Mary Metcalf - Panton) Water is consciousness, life. Without water there can be no life; without clean water there can be no healthy life. We are at least 75% water - it is far more important to us, even, than food. How have you been (are you/will you) be safeguarding and advocating for the health of our precious water?
QUESTION 11: (Anne Humphrey - Vergennes) Would you support and actively pursue the creation of an independent public bank in Vermont? Issuing its own currency?
QUESTION 12: If you accept that healthcare is a human right - what is your response when Shumlin dropped single payer? Why didn’t you speak out in opposition?
QUESTION 13: Will you push for an improved lease agreement between the state of Vermont and private rail operators for a greater responsibility and accountability in protecting public health, private property, and the environment?
QUESTION 14: How can we change the reputation Vermont has the NIMBY [not in my backyard?] state so we can move ahead with reducing the footprint? What is your feel for including more than hyrdo?
QUESTION 15: What is your plan to address the cost of living in Vermont? I am a young Vermonter, born and raised, who wants to stay here, buy a home, build my career and start a small business - but wages are low, I have 80k in student debt, rent is over $1,000 per month, and healthcare costs are out of control.