Louis Meyers, M.D.

Louis Meyers for State Senate

Policy Statements on the Economy

Members of the current Chittenden County Senate delegation have recently put forth legislation which would pay people up to $10,000 to relocate to Vermont and telecommute to their jobs located in other states. This proposal has attracted national attention, including an article in the New York Times . While I understand the need to boost our declining population and economy, as a Vermonter I am embarrassed by this bill, and I think it sends the wrong message.

We shouldn’t need to bribe people to move to Vermont. We should instead be focusing on creating jobs here in Vermont, rather than supporting employers based in other states.

Let’s build affordable, healthy, cohesive communities here in Vermont and let that speak for itself. To quote the movie Field of Dreams - “Build it and they will come.”

My thanks to to Don Jamison, the executive director of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, for meeting with me and discussing the help and support the Center is giving local businesses and our economy in general.

Vermont is a small but independent-minded state. Employee-owned businesses would seem to be a good fit in many situations. There are over thirty employee-owned businesses in Vermont, and these run the gamut from small to large companies, and include King Arthur Flour, the Gardener's Supply Company, and Lane Press in Burlington. These companies are less likely to close shop or relocate, they better preserve the culture of the business, they improve business performance and provide tax benefits to the employees who own the company.

We live in challenging economic times which will require sound but creative approaches. I therefore support the work being done by these employee-owned businesses because I believe they are offering opportunities for Vermonters to create healthy and productive workplaces.

Vermont has the second oldest population in the country, and while some focus on the additional costs this entails in terms of medical and residential care, I see it as a testament to the remarkable strength, vitality, and independence of our older Vermonters. In my experience as a physician in Vermont, I can attest that Vermonters are the toughest and most resilient people in the United States! There is also a tradition here of strong family and community support, which helps people who are aging to live in their own homes.

For those older Vermonters who can and still want to work, I want them to know that I view them as very valuable assets and would like the state government to make every effort to use their skills and experience in moving Vermont forward.

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