The legislative session wrapped up last week in a wild flurry of votes and negotiations and final compromises. I’m still unpacking all that we got done and all that is still needed next year.
Legislating is work I love, work that I’m prepared for, work that allows me to be of use. I’m honored to do it alongside some remarkable mentors and staff in the statehouse. But most of all, I’m incredibly grateful for the network of people, outside of the legislature, who’ve supported me along the way—sharing your stories, your time, and your priorities.
In the last four years I have been surprised to find how my skills were needed in the legislature and in my caucus—my ability to ask difficult questions, to weave together disparate ideas, and my persistent commitment to bring in the voices and perspectives of the disenfranchised. I was proud to be named vice chair of Ways and Means in my second term, mentored by an amazing chair who just announced her retirement. Together we passed the largest state level child tax credit and earned income tax credit in the country. We restructured our corporate taxes to hold multinationals responsible for their earnings. And we passed a massive restructuring of our ed finance system to build on the equity promise of Act 60.
I’m running for re-election in 2022 because our work for Vermont communities is far from complete.
Roughly ⅓ of Vermonters don’t have any savings for a rainy day, 65% don’t have family medical leave in the midst of a pandemic, and almost ½ of Vermonters have difficulty in paying household expenses. I ran for the Vermont House to bring the voices and values of our community to the statehouse. I ran to help create a Vermont that works for everyone. A Vermont that is for us and by us—a Vermont where everyone can participate.
While Roe vs. Wade is under threat, we passed a constitutional amendment for Reproductive Justice.
While voting rights are shrinking, we expanded access to the ballot.
While our teachers and school boards are under-resourced and under attack, we adjusted the school funding formula to account for the cost of educating students in poverty and English language learners.
While our neighbors and children are dying from overdoses and suicide, we expanded access to harm reduction strategies and increased the pay and training opportunities for both front line staff and folks in recovery.
During a time of corporate green washing and climate instability, we helped Vermonters afford the transition to cleaner fuel sources by investing in weatherization and electric transportation—and we invested in municipal infrastructure to increase resilience and community health.
Using ARPA funds we made massive investments in housing, childcare, broadband, and job training.
We acknowledged so much through the years of the pandemic—the need to value parents and front line staff, the promise (and need) for well functioning government systems, the profound positive impact of state spending and direct payments. There is so much more we can do to build bridges and fill the chasms in our communities.
Vermonters deserve equitable access to education, housing, and economic security. Vermonters deserve a representative who understands their experience and gets stuff done. And they deserve to know how policies impact their day-to-lives. That’s why I’m more committed than ever–four years in and my work has just begun.
I need your support to keep this good work going.
I need your voice; I need you to keep showing up and telling me about what’s happening for you.
Please consider making a donation or volunteering with my campaign for re-election. In order to sustain this work, we’ll need a robust and focused campaign. Your generous time and contributions will fund yard signs, fliers, print and online ads, mailings and events. Early donations are critical–with your help we can spend the majority of our time this summer and fall focused on what matters—connecting with constituents.
Together, we can keep making a real difference.
Thank you, Emilie