Rep. Vicki Strong
Your Representative from Orleans/Caledonia 01
During the first session, I served on the Healthcare Committee, where I came to understand and oppose the single payer Green Mountain Care plan, because it will not work and has the potential to bankrupt the state. I'm convinced this is why the governor continually, publicly, says he will pull the plug on it if research shows it will not work. There are better ways to reform the healthcare system.
During the second session, I served on the Judiciary Committee, where I helped pass a law, which will cut down on drunk driving and another which will help offenders move through our correction system and back into society safely and productively. I have gotten more involved with this second issue between sessions.
I also helped Gold Star families get a license plate, which will honor their service member who died while in service to their country, though not in combat. I feel a strong bond with veterans and their families and have been privileged to speak on their behalf in legislature, at Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
I consistently voted against increased taxes and fees, even though one time I was one of only three who did so. We need to encourage revenue through sources other than increased burdens on our citizens.
I consistently voted against random regulations, which seemed to only serve the agenda of a few, rather than the benefit of the many.
I worked with a citizen's advocate group to preserve the philosophical exemption for childhood vaccinations, as I stand for personal sovereignty and responsibility.
I worked with constituents following Tropical Storm Irene to get a local bridge rebuilt, and construction was finished in November.
During the off-season: I visited migrant workers to better understand their needs. I worked with a campaign for a moratorium on industrial wind towers; so we can better understand the environmental, fiscal and human effects before we destroy any more of our beautiful Vermont ridgelines. I worked with a re-entry coalition, seeking better ways for released prisoners to re-enter society safely and productively. I was also asked to serve on the board of Rural Edge, working to provide affordable housing in the Northeast Kingdom.
I truly enjoy helping constituents make connections they need to address their needs. I particularly was thankful that I could help a veteran of the Iraq war find a job, which would fit his needs in the town in which he wanted to live.