To the Editor:
It has been my privilege to serve as Charlotte’s representative in the Vermont House for the past eight years. I am asking for your support to serve you for another two years.
During my years of service, my committee work has focused primarily on environmental issues, including renewable energy development, protection of our natural resources, and sustainable land use. I have also worked with my colleagues across party lines for economic development programs, consumer and small business protections, criminal justice reform, and accessible and affordable physical and mental health care.
I have been proud to co-sponsor bills that support working families while strengthening Vermont’s economy for all Vermonters. While respecting the right of responsible citizens to own guns, I also have worked to make Vermonters safer through common sense gun regulations that make it harder for criminals to buy guns and easier for guns to be confiscated from individuals that pose a danger to themselves or others.
Over the years, many changes have been made with respect to our public education system, from providing pre-K services to dual enrollment opportunities for high school seniors. School district consolidation has begun to generate savings statewide in education costs and allowed school districts to hold budget increases to 1.5 percent this year, beating the Governor’s challenge by 1 percent. Likewise, strong tri-partisan efforts have held overall state budget increases to less than 1 percent for the last two years.
If you choose to re-elect me in the August primary and the November general elections, I will continue to work for policies that are fiscally responsible, that maintain and improve our environment, that ensure we have a strong and sustainable public education system, and that demonstrate respect and concern for and improve the well-being of all Vermonters.
Thank you for your consideration.
Rep. Mike Yantachka