Vermont’s Progressive caucus outlined a series of priorities at the start of the 2017 legislative session. How did those priorities turn out?
According to state Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, leader of the Progressive caucus in the House, the Progressives were interested in human rights, affordable health care and child care, enabling all Vermonters to have a high quality of life with dignity of work and well-being, and creating a livable wage, among other things.
In this episode of Vote for Vermont, co-host Ben Kinsley caught up with Chesnut-Tangerman to see if he thought his caucus accomplished its goals.
While Progressives saw no movement toward a livable wage, Chesnut-Tangerman pointed to gains such as the paid family leave act, the governor-backed efforts to impede federal immigration enforcement, Vermont’s response to the Paris Climate Agreement, and a $21 million settlement with Volkswagen, which will help fund mass transit infrastructure and low-emissions vehicles.
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