Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It is an honor to serve in the State Senate to represent the people of Chittenden County and Vermont. In May, I completed my thirteenth year in the Senate and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have been an independent and effective voice on behalf of all Vermonters. There’s still much to do, and I’m running for re-election to continue the work. I have established a solid record of accomplishments that have benefitted Vermonters, and have earned a reputation for being non-partisan and solution oriented. I am especially proud of the work I have been able to do to help so many individual constituents.
I’m asking for your vote on November 4, and your financial support of my campaign now.
The Chittenden County Senate race is always extremely competitive. Even with the advantages of being a well known incumbent, I still need to raise enough money to keep my name in front of voters with basic advertising. As always, I am attending forums and discussions, working hard meeting new people, and connecting with existing circles of support. All contributions are greatly appreciated.
The past Session was one of the most difficult yet and 2015/2016 will be even harder. Vermont must make choices to create a sustainable path going forward. The recent downgrade in revenues left a $31 million dollar budget gap and the need for rescissions to the just passed 2015 Budget.
As a member of Senate Appropriations I have been a leader in the development of a system of accountability to track the impact of every dollar spent. A significant part of this effort is the goal of spending only what is necessary to achieve successful outcomes. Vermonters are generous by nature, but without a clear set of priorities we will continue to spend beyond our means. A bill I sponsored recently became law. The new law defines an evolving process for the Legislature to agree and set priorities. The Executive Branch agrees to implement programs with performance measures, as a way of reporting on results. These initiatives are combined with data collection and the development of the budget. All of these efforts are supported by broad stakeholder engagement throughout state government and the community.
Thank you in advance for your support to help me keep the momentum going towards a more sustainable, and affordable Vermont. Please call me at 802-482-4382 to answer any questions you may have.
Diane B. Snelling