Name: Dana Colson
Running for: Lieutenant Governor
Social Media: Facebook
What examples of leadership in the public interest can you cite from your past?
I moderated an event for criminal justice reform at Vermont Law School.
What are your top three priorities and how do they benefit the public?
First priority is the economy. I’d like to cut taxes and over-regulation. To grow the economy we need local farms and small businesses to produce things. Covid has shown the dangers of out of state food supply chains breaking down leaving our stores with bare shelves. We need to produce locally grown, fresh, organic foods right here in Vermont. We can’t keep taxing our farmers off the land.
Second, is our schools. I support local control and technical education. I oppose closing our state colleges. I am a graduate of VTC Randolph Center campus. They have tough academic standards which produce a 99% job placement rating. Let’s build upon that foundation not tear it down.
Third, let’s tackle the Opiod crisis/criminal justice reform. More kids are dying from Opiods than Covid. To accomplish this we must focus on education, treatment & enforcement.
Describe your plans to address the following problems in Vermont:
The Climate Crisis
This is a global problem that requires a global solution. China and India are the biggest polluter’s. We need to work on technological innovations to meet these challenges or we all need to become Amish.
Unemployment & The Economy
My extensive business experience is exactly what we need to lead us out of our current economic crisis. I have experience in agriculture, manufacturing, shipping, retail and marketing. I am a business owner. Let’s innovate, produce things and promote the Vermont brand.
Health Care Costs
Our health care cost keep rising faster than our incomes. This is not sustainable. To improve quality and reduce costs we need choice and competition in all sectors. I support the re-importation of prescription drugs from Canada. The costs of R&D should be spread out among other industrialized nations not just the USA. Patients want the choice of doctors and insurance providers. I support more organic and natural remedies.
Let’s reduce taxes and let workers keep more of their hard earned money.
I would like to work with private businesses to improve our internet access to all of Vermont.
I support renewable energy projects when properly cited. These can include wind, solar, hydro & wood. We need to produce as much of our energy needs as possible right here in Vermont to improve our local economy. I think more needs to be done to reduce municipal sewage overflows into our lakes and rivers. We need to shore up more river banks with rip rap stone to prevent erosion. Finally, I would like to do more to eliminate cancer causing chemicals from our food, consumer goods and environment.
Like Martin Luther King I believe we should judge a person on the content of their character, not the color of their skin. I have a lot of experience in international business. I have many friends, colleagues and business contacts from all over the world. I like diversity and experiencing different cultures. I support freedom & unity.
In the 2020 election, will you accept contributions from fossil fuel companies, fossil fuel company executives, fossil fuel industry lobbyists or fossil fuel political action committees?
In the 2020 election, will you accept contributions from corporations?
Do you support expansion of Vermont’s efforts to address plastic pollution by eliminating additional single-use items and requiring producers to take more responsibility over the products and packaging they create?
I support more recycling.
Do you support enactment of legislation that holds the state accountable to achieving its climate commitments, and requires strategic planning for Vermont’s recovery that focuses on how to transition to a more equitable, clean, local, and resilient economy (The Global Warming Solutions Act)?
I support the environmental goals but, not the method. I can’t support making lawyers rich at the expense of taxpayers.
Sliding Scale Questions
Companies that pollute Vermont’s environment should be required to pay for clean up costs and medical monitoring of those exposed to dangerous chemicals.
Corporations should not be allowed to contribute to political candidates in Vermont.
Currently Vermont imports all of its fossil fuels and most of its renewable electricity from out of state. To create jobs and address the climate crisis, Vermont should develop significantly more in-state renewable energy, including wind and solar.
Vermont should significantly increase funding for efficiency and electrification to help Vermonters and Vermont businesses reduce their energy use and climate impact from heating and transportation.
New fossil fuel infrastructure, such as pipelines, should be banned in Vermont.
Manufacturers should provide consumers and independent repair shops with fair access to service information and affordable replacement parts so that individuals can fix their own products and equipment (Right to Repair).
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