The combination of high property taxes, income taxes, estate taxes and various fees make Vermont an expensive place to live and work. The Vermont legislature and administration have failed to keep spending in check, leading to the current, unsustainable situation. If elected, I will work hard to ensure that the state budget does not rise more than inflation. At the same time, I will look for ways to grow the Vermont economy, to welcome new and expanding businesses that pay good wages and embrace the Vermont way of life. To do that we need to have a fair and predictable tax and regulatory structure and a talented work force. I will work with Vermont educators and industries to facilitate the development of skills needed for a 21st century economy.