This commentary is by Deb Billado, chairwoman of the Vermont GOP.
If there’s an opportunity to hurt private business and kill jobs in one move, the Burlington City Council is always eager to jump on it.
In the latest Burlington drama, the city is contemplating a government take-over of all trash recycling, and compost collecting.
Not only would this unnecessarily expand an already-bloated City government, but it would destroy local jobs and hurt private enterprise. The City loves it because it means more power and control for them. But smaller more competitive haulers get shut out from the system, and common consumers get deprived of their choice and their ability to CHANGE their choice when service or costs don’t match up.
Nine times out of 10, when there’s a choice between government doing something and the free market doing something, the market can do it with lower costs, more efficiency, and far less waste. That adage clearly applies in this situation.
Today, it’s only Burlington considering this. But tomorrow it could be Winooski. Then Montpelier. Then Brattleboro. Then Barre, Bennington, Middlebury, etc.
Resisting big government at the local level is critical — otherwise, it quickly spreads and grows like a weed. Let’s quickly pull out that weed in Burlington before it creeps into other communities.