Vermont Mayors Lay Out Priorities for Legislative Session

Vermont's Mayors want their voices heard.
MONTPELIER - Vermont's Mayors want their voices heard.

The Vermont Mayors Coalition laid out their priorities at the Statehouse Thursday. Mayors from Vergennes, St. Albans, Montpelier, Barre, Rutland, Newport, Winooski and Burlington were there.

The number one priority on the list was reforming the Mental Health System.

"If you look back on the last year, there have been too many times Vermonters have seen tragedies that are related to the mental health system," said Mayor Miro Weinberger (D-Burlington). Weinberger says one of those tragedies was the death of Wayne Brunette by Burlington Police.

"We need to address that fact and get help for our police officers so they can do their job effectively," said Mayor Mike O'Brien (D-Winooski).

The mayors' other priorities include property tax reform, addiction prevention, strengthening Vermont's downtowns, and waterway protection from stormwater run-off.
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