Progressive leaders gather to discuss their agenda for Vermont

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Leaders from Vermont’s Progressive party met Sunday in Barre to discuss the party’s agenda for the legislative session.

Amid proposals to extend the governor’s term to four year, the Party took up a resolution to retain the two-year term. Vermont and New Hampshire are the only states with two year terms.

“There’s an argument to be made that it would benefit local democracy and voter registration and give people more say in their government,” said Josh Wronski, executive director of the Vt Progressive Party.

Elected Progressives gave updates on their work in the legislature.  Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman said expanding broadband access to rural areas of Vermont is a priority.

“If you don’t have that access you can’t do your homework, you can’t contact your doctors, you can’t register your car,” Chestnut-Tanderman said. “It’s really a lot of how we function rather than an option these days.”

Gov Phil Scott has proposed investing $1 million to expand broadband connectivity, but Chesnut-Tangerman said population density and regulation pose challenges.

“Broadband is federally regulated,” she said. “What we can do as a state is limited or open to challenge.”

Party members also talked about icreasing the use of electric vehicles in Vermont. Details around charging systems and cost are being worked out.

“Folks are more concerned about the low-income folks and how all of these things are going to affect the working Vermonters,” said Sen. Andrew Perchlik, who represents Washington County. 

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