Wendy L. Wilton 
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Re: “Scott, Lisman Take Off the Gloves at State GOP Convention

Hi Barbara,
Your assessment is incorrect. VTDigger wrote a piece about the Syrian refugee resettlement to which the mayor of Rutland agreed without the public or the legislative body, wherein the the two Republican candidates for governor give their opinions. In that article, Phil Scott flip flops on his former position and supports the mayor's decision to accept Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Bruce Lisman sticks to his position to hold until the FBI is able to feel the refugee group can be substantially vetted for security concerns due to the threat of ISIS infiltration. The Democratic Party and its candidates are fully supportive of accepting the refugees without getting concerns:


Leaving aside the question of whether Rutland is capable of supporting a refugee resettlement, the FBI concern has been validated recently by Germany and Lebanon who have found ISIS among the refugees from Syria. At least 14 states have recently ended their resettlement programs with the Feds due to these concerns, the latest to do so were Kansas and New Jersey.

If you support accepting the refugees, despite the FBI's worry, then you have all three Democratic candidates for governor and Phil Scott as your possible choices.

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Posted by Wendy L. Wilton on 05/22/2016 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Kingdom Comedown: A Breach of Trust in a State That Wanted to Believe

Best piece of journalism I have ever read in Seven Days. It captures the timeline and the essential issues in a very succinct and thoughtful way. Please continue to 'verify'. As you note that has been sadly lacking in most VT journalism for quite sometime. A free, inquisitive, independent and accurate press is essential for political system to work and avoid excesses such as this. I hope to see more proactive investigation and reporting about the financial status of the state and the policies that have created them.

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Posted by Wendy L. Wilton on 04/20/2016 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Republican PAC Raises Lobbyist Money, Despite New Ban

Use every dime of the money raised to rid the statehouse of the tax and spend liberals who have raised taxes EVERY year for the last 6 years, cannot bring themselves to cut the budget, brought us the Vermont Health Connect disaster and now want to give themselves a raise despite the crappy job they do.

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Posted by Wendy L. Wilton on 03/18/2016 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Dunne and Minter: No Fireworks and Few Differences at Forum

Were they asked if they would continue the health care reform fiasco of the Shumlin administration? I am certain either one of these candidates will keep VHC afloat costing the state's taxpayers and insurance ratepayers millions before someone finally admits it doesn't work...
The greatest economic development incentive for business and individuals would be to eliminate VHC, transition to the federal exchange and work toward reforming and reducing Medicaid. VT now has 35% of its citizens on this government funded program and we are not even sure if all of the participants are eligible. This is double the burden of most other states and is simply not sustainable. More Vermonters currently on Medicaid could afford insurance if the state didn't meddle with our health care system driving costs upward. And now Governor Shumlin is proposing to ease the Medicaid burden, which he and the legislature created through the All Payer Waiver which will impact those on Medicare.
Those who work pay more, those who worked all their lives may get less care, and some who don't work get a free ride.

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Posted by Wendy L. Wilton on 03/14/2016 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Matt Dunne Castigates Phil Scott Over Syrian Refugee Comments

Will Matt and his wife offer to house a refugee in their home? If not, then his words are hollow.

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Posted by Wendy L. Wilton on 11/19/2015 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Lawmakers: Bruce Lisman Plans to Run for Governor

@ Jim Osborne: Lisman is a Vermonter. His father was a high school teacher at my alma mater SBHS.

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Posted by Wendy L. Wilton on 09/01/2015 at 11:30 AM

Re: “The Tax Man Cometh: Final Fights in the Vermont Legislature

There would be much less angst about taxing if the legislature could reduce the expenditures.

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Posted by Wendy L. Wilton on 04/29/2015 at 10:49 PM

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