This article by Cherise Madigan originally appeared Nov. 2 in the Bennington Banner.
MANCHESTER — What are the biggest issues facing the state of Vermont?
On Nov. 13, a panel of local leaders will congregate to discuss those issues at the “The State of the State” forum organized by the Bennington County Republican Party. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in Burr and Burton Academy’s Riley Center for the Arts.
Local legislators Cynthia Browning, Linda Joy Sullivan and Brian Keefe will be joined by Manchester police Chief Michael Hall to discuss current issues in Montpelier and hear input from residents.
“It’s very important for the community to really know what’s going on in the state, and have it broken down in simple terms to be as well-informed as they possibly can be,” said organizer Carol DuPont. “Right now, there are struggles going on to balance the budget that we have questions about, and then we’ll go into taxes, education, and opiates.”
Throughout the forum, moderated by Andrew McKeever of GNAT-TV, panelists will work to shed light on these issues from an insider’s perspective.
“I just consider it part of my public responsibility to engage on substantive topics of interest to the community,” said Sullivan, a democratic legislator representing Dorset, Danby, Mount Tabor, Peru, and Landgrove. “The only way we as legislators can gauge how best to serve our communities is to engage and get feedback from voters — Republican, Democrat, and Progressive.”
“The idea is to give people a chance to raise concerns in a non-election year, and in advance of the second session of the legislature, so that we can take responsible action,” added Keefe, a republican representative for Manchester.
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