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Re: “Voters in Burlington, SoBu Face Complicated TIF Decisions

The good news is that Burlington has a Mayor who is skilled in finance and experienced in sustainable and affordable development. They have put in the safeguards to protect the city and taxpayers.

Listen to Mayor Weinberger address question of risks and safeguards: https://youtu.be/c1lqw3N--C0

Also listen to City Councilor Dave Hartnett (R - New North End) assure voters that there is no risk : https://youtu.be/jiXkVgzwRqg

Jane Knodell explaining the economic benefits of the proposed project: https://youtu.be/MSWDxqdD4Sg

6 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Dave Gibson on 11/02/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Weinberger Apologizes for City Role in Donovan Endorsement

How is this news? A city staffer sent an email using a city account and it makes headlines?

7 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Dave Gibson on 10/30/2016 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Democrats Make Final Arguments in Expensive Governor's Race

Unfortunately it costs a lot of money to run a modern and effective campaign. This is reality, but we can't let it distract us from comparing the candidates on the issues.

I support Matt because he's The Issues Candidate. Just compare his website with 14 in-depth issue statements (http://www.mattdunne.com/issues/) compared to Sue's 5 (http://www.sueminter.com/issues).

Matt entered political life 24 years ago to Sue's 11 years ago, and the reason that's relevant is because it takes a lot of experience to first identify the issues and then come up with solutions.

I respect that Matt (yes, like Bernie) gets that most issues tie back to the economy. We all know we've lost too many tax paying citizens, which means fewer people are forced to carry a greater tax burden. We need to grow the economy and here Matt has the most experience having worked in both the House and Senate, in non-profit (Americorp Vista managing 6K helping the poor) and then a small tech company here in Vermont and then Google - the most innovative company on the planet. Breadth of experience and depth of experience combine to give Matt Dunne a clear view of what is possible. Vision. He can see that tomorrow's jobs and families and schools require broadband. He clearly gets technology which has been the achilles heal for Montpelier for too long. Matt obviously gets tech and its value in growing Vermont's economy. He's by far the most qualified and most experienced candidate amongst them all. Thank you.

4 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Dave Gibson on 08/09/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Wind Industry — and its Super PACs — Back Sue Minter for Governor

Without a doubt this PAC is distorting reality and making some claims that cannot be supported. But its obvious so let's not get distracted too much. As I focus on what's ultimately going to matter to me, my friends and my community, it all ties back to THE ECONOMY. Matt has always seen this, and I think that's what drew him to Bernie. We need a strong economy to tackle environment, social services, infrastructure, education, etc... so investing in broadband and making VT the telecommuting capital of the country will help grow our population of taxpayers and with that growth, attract next-economy businesses. Matt's vision looks forward to an economy that supports traditional industries, but reaches forward to set us up for the growing digital economy where tomorrow's best jobs will be. That's what really excites me about Matt.

5 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Dave Gibson on 08/08/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Sanders Spreads Support, but Not in Vermont's Gubernatorial Race

I think where Matt and Bernie align the strongest is the belief that all issues tie back to the economy. You need a strong economy to tackle environment, social services, infrastructure, education, etc... so investing in broadband and making VT the telecommuting capital of the country will help grow our population of taxpayers. And with that growth, we'll attract next-economy businesses. Matt's vision looks forward to an economy that supports traditional industries, but reaches forward to set us up for the growing digital economy where tomorrow's best jobs will be.

9 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Dave Gibson on 08/08/2016 at 10:33 AM

Re: “In Negative Turn, Dunne Ties Minter to EB-5 Scandal

I get why the press and opponents might call this "negative", but there are not negative claims here. Just questions. That's what we're all supposed to do - ask questions to better understand the decisions that candidates have made. Clearly this was a bad one and a tough one to now explain - so label it "Negative" and then attack your opponent for "Washington tactics" - taken from a very old playbook.

I don't think I'm satisfied with the response we're hearing - basically its not her fault because this is how its been done before? She didn't write the deal, she just signed it?

24 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Dave Gibson on 08/01/2016 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Environmentalist Bill McKibben Dumps Dunne for Minter

I see how many are now labeling Matt as anti-wind. That's so far from the truth. What's been most consistent with Matt is his support for small communities. Its reflected in his stance here, as it is with his opposition to parts of Act 46 which would cost many small towns their schools. Its his support of small towns that has been consistent all along with Matt. He's the small town champion.

24 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Dave Gibson on 08/01/2016 at 12:00 PM

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