Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It has been an honor to serve as one of your six Chittenden County Senators in the Vermont State Senate and I would appreciate your continued support for re-election this November.
My reputation for collaboration and creative problem solving is based on my record for a non-partisan approach to issues. My votes and actions prove I’m a strong environmentalist and passionate advocate for vulnerable Vermonters.
After multiple years of substantial reductions in spending, the State of Vermont still faces a projected deficit of $112 Million for FY2012. Current revenues for the State are about the same as in 2005, and we must reckon with that difference.
Government must become less bureaucratic, and more innovative and effective, and above all, more accountable for the results of every dollar spent.
Changing the status quo using a constructive approach is a huge task, and it’s uphill all the way, but substantial progress has been made through the “Challenges” process.
Many people, in the Community, and at the State have been working hard to improve systems and services. It’s critical that the public, the Legislature, and the Executive branch continue to work thoughtfully together to achieve successful outcomes for Vermont. Inclusion and mutual respect for different perspectives, and participation by all who are impacted, is fundamental to the process.
As Chair of the Government Accountability Committee, I have made a commitment to moving Vermont forward with better long-term planning and strategic investments in infrastructure. I believe Vermont can and should transition to a results based system for the entire State Budget. I also believe that we must reform our tax structure to encourage a healthy economy and diverse opportunities for employment.
My experience in Senate Appropriations has taught me that good public policy is only effective when services are budgeted appropriately for implementation.
Vermont faces many difficult choices, and I look forward to working together with you, and on your behalf in the Senate for the best future for Vermont.
Thank you for your vote and support.
Senator Diane Snelling