March 04, 2009
Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Douglas today launched his “Road to Recovery” Tour of Vermont in Bennington County. Governor Douglas will be traveling around the state for the next 10 days meeting with community leaders, business owners, and Vermonters to talk about important reforms the state must make to put Vermont on the road to economic recovery. The Governor will highlight the need for careful use and investment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment funds which will position Vermont to be on the first wave of economic revival.
“Vermonters are hurting as the global, national and local economies continue to decline. And with no end in sight, we must do all we can here in Vermont to put our state on the road to recovery. We do that by ensuring state government, like families and businesses, lives within its means,” said Governor Douglas. “That will require legislative leaders to make some tough decisions to get government spending in line with our declining revenues. We simply cannot raise taxes on already overburdened families, especially in light of the hundreds of millions of dollars we are receiving from Washington,” Douglas continued.
Today’s stops included meetings with Bennington municipal officials, business leaders at the Bennington County Industrial Corporation and employees at Porta Brace. In addition to the newly created Office of Economic Stimulus and Recovery, Governor Douglas has also proposed a series of economic growth initiatives to support existing businesses and to attract companies looking to expand in Vermont.
“I look forward to the opportunity to talk with Vermonters who are on the front lines of dealing with this economic recession. They continue to inform the ideas that I’ve championed during my tenure as Governor,” said Governor Douglas. “My administration is focused on ensuring that the money we receive from the federal recovery bill is used to position Vermont for economic success, especially in the areas of telecommunications, health information technology, and transportation.”
Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: March 04, 2009 13:31:15