Leadership That Works

Here are just a handful of examples of some of my quiet accomplishments over the years:

RESPONSIBLE BUDGETING

As the chairman of the Senate Institutions Committee for six years, I led the effort to more responsibly budget the state’s capital construction each year. When I came to that role, there was very little process, or transparency – and far too much ”inside baseball.” Before I was chairman, taxpayer funds were distributed with little accountability and process. This goes against every principle of public service that I believe in.

READ ABOUT THE NEW PRACTICES I SET IN MOTION

ENDING THE RAID ON THE TRANSPORTATION FUND

One of the frustrations with government that inspired me to run for office was the state’s continual raiding of the Transportation Fund. That’s the practice of using the gas tax to pay for projects other than roads and bridges. It wasn’t right, and when I arrived in the State Senate I learned just how big the problem was– $50-60 MILLION was being raided out of the fund annually.

HOW I WORKED TO REDUCE AND END THE RAID

EMERGENCY RESPONSE & COMMUNITY BUILDING

The work of public servants must extend beyond the State House and helping constituents navigate the state’s sprawling bureaucracy. When Irene hit, I didn’t wait for a phone call or for a helicopter tour. I put on my boots, got in my truck and went to work helping neighbors. Thinking about the number of people who needed help, I wondered if we could put together a low- or no-cost removal…

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TRANSPORTATION LAWS THAT MAKE SENSE

I vividly recall an East Montpelier meeting focused on a difficult intersection and whether they should install a roundabout or a signal crossing. There are many factors for determining the best practice for each of these intersections – safety, traffic load, community needs, pedestrians, bikeways, etc.

HOW I APPROACHED THE PROBLEM DIFFERENTLY

SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY

The Air National Guard has reached out for help making its facility compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. After listening to the challenges they were facing to make these upgrades, and learning more about what was required, I led the effort to secure funding that allowed them to complete this project. VTANG is now accessible to all of our veterans, their employees and visitors.

MORE ON HOW I SUPPORT THE TROOPS

PUBLIC SAFETY & OUR YOUTH

There are many skilled, dedicated people working diligently to keep us safe; I know because I’ve had the honor of working with them. We must look out for our neighbors, and as Governor, I will prioritize public safety because that is the first responsibility of any government. When Lamoille County Sherriff Roger Marcoux called me to voice a concern…

HOW I’LL PRIORITIZE PUBLIC SAFETY

CALLS FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM

Before Vermont Health Connect’s troubled launch in 2013, I called on the Administration to delay the implementation, fearing the website wasn’t ready and Vermonters’ health care security would be put at risk.

LEARN WHAT MY OFFICE HAS BEEN DOING

OPEN DOOR POLICY

Accessibility to elected officials is unique to Vermont; our small population allows us to interact with each other one-on-one. Since I was first elected Lt. Governor, my door has always been open – literally. I am proud of the non-partisan crowd that gathers in my office every day…

MORE ABOUT MY OPEN DOOR POLICY

AGRICULTURE & OPEN LANDS

Our agricultural community is the backbone of the state. These folks are smart, hardworking and proud. When this community needs help, solutions aren’t always easy or obvious. It’s about listening and then rolling up your sleeves to get to work.

LEARN HOW I’VE HELPED