This commentary is by state Rep. Charles Wilson. He is a resident of Lyndon and the House member for the Caledonia-2 district.
Many apparently feel I am negative in all my writings and updates this session from the House of Representatives. I report the truth so that people will know and begin to understand how much debt we are in, and the extent to which we will be in the future due to the power of decisions made by the current supermajority. The true Vermont culture, established over many generations, is quickly disappearing, and may forever be lost.
H.R.9 — This is a bill that reaffirms the “friendship” between Vermont, China, and (Taiwan). What? Taiwan is a unique and democratic sovereign country and is not a part of China. Indeed, Vermont is a friend of Taiwan, but I question that same relationship currently with China. This is a federal issue and should not be addressed in our state.
S.115 — Vermont has excessive fees, regulations and permits that hurt and disable small farms and businesses. The USDA also leads the way in regulations with penalties for offenses of the agricultural jurisdictions. There is now a Dairy Adjustment Insurance which farmers pay, which again is a tax!
H.270 — The cannabis tax. In the grand scheme, will this help our youth and Vermont?
H.131 — This is a beverage value added tax on alcohol to support and implement three new bureaucratic positions for Green Mountain Recreation.
S.37 — This bill is an unconstitutional provision to deter women who wish to reverse the effects of the “abortion pill” medication to save their pregnancy. Where is the personal right for a woman to choose in this? Also, there is serious talk of allowing the abortion pills to be available through vending machines on college campuses and possibly elsewhere.
And now to S.5 — the “Affordable Heat Act.” Not only is this bill going to cause great financial and personal living harm to many low-income earners and seniors, but the oversight to this monstrosity is going to be in the hands of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), who are not elected officials. This should be the responsibility of and accountable to the Legislature. This is a cauldron of Democrat/Progressive overreach and abuse of power because there has been a huge outcry of rejection. By whom? The people of Vermont! Our citizens (and fuel dealers who will become our new tax collectors) are outraged and the parties in power do not care. They have been untruthful and have ignored their oath of office not to knowingly be injurious to their citizens.
When our President in the first days of his presidency closed the Keystone pipeline and sold off our strategic fuel supplies, he in fact aligned himself with the U.N. and the Paris Accord. Our fuel companies are being blamed for the high fuel prices, but the truth is in the dependency we now have on more foreign oil.
This is all not “hate speech.” This is the truth of where we are headed. If true Vermonters do not embolden themselves and stand up to this legislative lawlessness, there is no voice of the people. More dairy farms will go under, landlords will continue to raise rents, electric rates will rise, as well as fuel, propane, car prices, car repairs, housing, land, food, property taxes, and medical and insurance rates. We will see more lawsuits against the State of Vermont, a doubled salary increase for the legislators, and of course who will pay for all this? You, Dear Citizen.