Democracy is to blame for the recent failure to pass paid family medical leave and a minimum wage increase. I support both pieces of legislation, but I also support democracy. So I understand why some Democrats in office didn’t vote for these bills. They’re listening to their constituents.
I’m grateful to be living in a state where the party can’t tell legislators what to do. In Vermont, a candidate can run under any party as long as they win the primary. That’s a good thing! It puts voters in the driver’s seat. Parties shouldn’t be calling the shots and I’m happy that they’re not.
Republicans take dark money from corporations. Democrats rely on the grassroots work of voters. I prefer the party that works for the people. Remember, we’re only talking about these Democratic holdouts because a majority of Vermonters voted for a Republican governor. We wouldn’t need veto-proof votes if not for Scott.
I’m happy that I worked so hard to elect a veto-proof majority House. Thanks to that majority, we didn’t have to worry about Gov. Scott refusing to sign women’s reproductive rights into law. We just did it. Thanks to collaboration between the Democrats and Progressives, the budget boosted spending on benefits for low-income families, childcare, Medicaid, electric vehicles and broadband.
Our legislators also passed legislation supporting ethnic studies, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, fair and impartial policing, a plastic bag ban, safeguards for Obamacare, protection for pollinators, a 24-hour wait on handgun [purchases] to reduce suicide, measures for clean water, negotiation rights for employees and more.
Huge thanks to everyone who worked so hard on this! We know that you’ll be back at the table in January working on the paid family medical leave and minimum wage increase that Vermonters deserve.
Chair, Rutland County Democrats