Governor Shumlin’s latest vow to revisit matters that failed to make it through the Vermont legislature last session brings to mind the saying “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Here is how this effort was descried in an article that appeared on WCAX’s website today:
A promise from Gov. Peter Shumlin Tuesday that four controversial bills that didn’t pass last year, will be passed in the upcoming legislative session.
“I’m confident regardless of who leads the various legislative bodies we can pass decriminalization of marijuana, Death with Dignity and the workers bill for child care unions,” said Shumlin, D-Vermont.
The governor went on to guarantee passage of some sort of driver’s license bill for illegal migrant workers.
Those four bills were among the most controversial last session.
Shumlin also says he plans to make it a priority to pass a prescription drug monitoring system that allows the health department to access prescription drug information. The governor hopes that will help in the fight against prescription drug abuse.
The relative merits and demerits of each one of these bills has been debated and will be again. In the case of one of these matters, it would appear that the bill is not at all popular among those Vermonters it is aimed at. A group of childcare providers conducted a survey of their ranks and found strong opposition to the AFT push for the unionization of childcare providers. The following question was among those asked in the survey: “As a home childcare provider in the State of Vermont, do you want the legislature to pass a bill to allow childcare providers the right to unionize?” 75% of the respondents answered “no”, with 14% undecided. Only 12% supported the idea. This clearly looks like trying to force something on these providers that they overwhelmingly oppose. How much more evidence to we need that the Governor and his allies think they know better what is good for Vermonters than Vermonters do themselves.