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It was a packed house on July 25th at the Scheuermann for House Campaign Kick-Off.

"Thank you to all who turned out to kick-off my campaign for re-election to the Vermont House," said Scheuermann.  "Your incredible support and encouragement is both humbling and inspiring."

People from throughout Stowe - parents and students, small business owners and employees, educators, and seniors - gathered to show their support for the campaign, and listened enthusiastically as Scheuermann outlined some of her work throughout the years, and the very important reasons she would like to continue as Stowe's State Representative.

"Heidi is the epitome of what makes Stowe a great community," said Leslie Anderson.  "Not only does she give tireless of her time and effort to make this a better place for all of us, but her work in the legislature has been instrumental in moving our community forward."

"Danielle and I were honored to co-host the kick-off," added Rich Marron.  "I know how difficult the work is in Montpelier, and Heidi has tackled it admirably through the years.  She has listened tot he thoughts and concerns of our community and has been successful in ensuring that voice is heard and represented in the House.  It is critical that that kind of representation continue."

From Scheuermann’s Speech:

"I still enjoy this job very much, and believe that I provide the experienced, thoughtful, independent voice that Stowe expects, and frankly, deserves, in the Vermont House.

Especially at this time - as we are starting to turn the ship of state around with sustainable spending, lower taxes, and a growing economy - we need to ensure our voice is one that works diligently to continue down that road; and does so by reaching across the aisle to advance sound policies.

On that, my record is clear.

Working with people form across the political spectrum, I have been the leading voice for education funding reform, property tax relief, and local control of education.

My quest for ethics reform and the creation of an independent ethics commission was a lonely one for a long time, but I persisted and we were finally successful last year with great tri-partisan support.

With Democrats, Independents, and Republicans from tourist destinations across the state, I have successfully fought, year after year, for additional investments in tourism and marketing - investments that are so important to our community.

And, for four years, former Democratic Representative Paul Ralston, and I led the effort to make some of the most important changes and investments in years in economic development efforts.  Included among those were: the elimination of the cloud tax, the creation of a first-time homebuyer down payment assistance program; the creation of both an entrepreneurial lending program and a domestic export program to help our manufacturers to to the regional and national markets; and increasing the licensed lender limit from $75,000 to $250,000.

Finally, I was proud to have guided through the legislature this year a bill to modify our beer franchise laws that will allow our craft brewers - a now thriving sector of our state's economy - greater opportunity to get their products to market.  And, I successfully fought against legislation that would have had a dramatic impact on our outdoor recreation industry by opening up the door to a much wider array of legal claims and significant increases in liability insurance.

While I am proud of these accomplishments, there remains a great deal more to do.

The problem of our state's affordability is one we cannot tax our way out of.  More taxation isn't the answer to our aging workforce, nor is it the answer to the slow erosion of our communities through the emigration of our young people.

The solution to these problems requires continued economic growth and the creation of decent opportunities for people to live, work, and raise families.  we must do everything in our power to convince Stowe's, and Vermont's entrepreneurs and business owners that their ideas will be encouraged to succeed rather than challenged to survive.

So, as we look toward our future and see what work remains, it is absolutley critical that Stowe has an experienced, independent, thoughtful voice in Montpelier that is both willing and able work across the political spectrum to advance good, sound public policy, but also one willing to take on the special interests and fight against bad policy.

I believe I am still that person." 

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On June 1, 2018, Scheuermann was pleased to report that the Secretary of the Agency of Education is recommending that the EMUU-Stowe School Districts NOT be merged in the Statewide Education Plan!! See pages 146-149 of this report.

“Accordingly, because the Secretary believes that it is not practicable to require merger at this time because it would not advance the goals of Act 46, the Secretary does not propose that the State Board merge the Elmore-Morristown Unified District and the Stowe District in the statewide plan.”

This is great news for our region!! Great work Cara Zimmerman, Stephanie Craig, and the other members of the Boards and Supervisory Union. Now we just want to be sure the State Board agrees with the Secretary’s recommendation.

Secretary of Education Act 46 Recommendations

 

Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) announced today that she will run for re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives.

“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve the people of Stowe in the Vermont House for the past twelve years,” said Scheuermann.  “Fighting for education funding reform and property tax relief, responsible state spending, policies that encourage private sector economic growth and jobs, ethics legislation, responsible environmental stewardship, and health care reform that works for Vermonters have all been at the center of my efforts.  And, I have worked diligently throughout the years, with people from across the political spectrum, to achieve success in each critical policy area.”

“While it has certainly been a challenge through those years, I am pleased that the leadership of Governor Phil Scott last year allowed us, for the first time in known history, to pass a state budget without relying on any new or increased taxes or fees – all while ensuring we protect our most vulnerable friends and neighbors and invest where needed in efforts like housing, and tourism and economic development marketing.  And, while there are some disagreements at this time over the coming Fiscal Year budget, I am confident we are on the verge of doing it now for a second time.”

Despite many legislative achievements over the years, Scheuermann pointed to the challenges that continue to face the community of Stowe and the State of Vermont.

“We must continue to fight for responsible, sustainable state spending, and policies that encourage and reward private investment and economic growth.  The one-size-fits-all, big warehouse approach to education has allowed Montpelier to take control of almost every aspect of our children’s education – a growing trend I have fought throughout my time there.  And, far too many times, I find myself fighting against policies that will do real damage to our region’s and state’s small businesses, and the employees and families that depend upon them.”

“Just this past year alone, among other problematic items that advanced, an increase in the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour, the creation of a brand new, government-run, paid family leave program paid for by a payroll tax on every employee in the state, and a law that would have a drastic impact on non-profits and private entities throughout the state that offer outdoor recreation activities all progressed through and passed the General Assembly.  Thankfully, Governor Scott vetoed each of these, as he understood well the detrimental effect they would have on our relatively fragile economy.”

“As I considered whether or not to run for another term, these challenges were forefront in my mind.  In my view, and the view of most Stoweites I know, it is absolutely critical that we have a voice in Montpelier that is both willing and able to work across the political spectrum to advance good, sound public policy, but also one willing to take on the special interests and fight against bad public policy.  On that, my record is clear.”

“For those reasons, I am seeking another term in the Vermont House of Representatives and I ask for your continued support.”