Bennington-4 candidates discuss issues, worry about carbon tax

This article by Greg Sukiennik originally appeared Sept. 25 in the Bennington Banner.

MANCHESTER — The three candidates for the two seats in the Bennington-4 district of the Vermont House of Representatives still agree more than they disagree on many issues. But incumbent state Reps. Brian Keefe and Cynthia Browning and challenger Kathleen James worked to underscore what sets them apart from each other in a forum held Monday night at Burr and Burton Academy’s Riley Center for the Arts.

James, a Democrat and first-time candidate, touted her commitment to Vermont taking a lead role in the fight against climate change and promoting the creation of green economy jobs. Browning, the longest serving member of the Northshire delegation, emphasized her understanding of policy, as well as her experience in economics and commitment to the environment. And Keefe pointed to his career legislative experience and his role in holding the line on tax increases over the past two years.

State Rep. Linda Joy Sullivan, who is unopposed in the Bennington-Rutland District representing Danby, Dorset, Landgrove, Mt. Tabor and Peru, also participated in the event, and urged voters to use both available ballots when they vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Voters may cast ballots for up to two candidates, and the top two vote-getters in the Bennington-4 district will be elected.

James was called on to answer on whether she would support the “Essex” plan to impose additional taxes on fossil fuels, with those revenues returned to Vermonters on a monthly basis in the form of lower effective electric rates and per-person rebates. She said she had yet to make up her mind.

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One thought on “Bennington-4 candidates discuss issues, worry about carbon tax

  1. Let’s think about this. A state that is failing so badly in so many ways that it may have to pay people to move to the state is now considering taxing carbon. Hurting poor people the most. In order to hoist the climate change banner. Just brilliant.

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