Will Health Care or Property Taxes Motivate VT Voters in November?

Seven Days: When legislators return to Montpelier in January, they’re expected to debate the most significant expansion of Vermont state government in decades: If Gov. Peter Shumlin gets his way, they’ll raise roughly $2 billion in new taxes to fund a universal health care system that would replace private insurance.

Kind of a big deal, right?

But as Corey Parent knocks on doors in the St. Albans district he hopes to represent in the Vermont House, he’s hearing a lot more about another topic.

“The biggest issue I hear about is property taxes,” the 24-year-old Republican says. “That’s on top of folks’ minds.”

When voters bring up health care, he says, “There’s just utter confusion about it.” Some are irate over the failures of Vermont Health Connect, the federally mandated insurance exchange, which has suffered chronic malfunctions since it launched a year ago last week. Others are frightened about what Shumlin’s so-called single-payer system might mean for their family or business. Still more don’t know the difference between the two.

For the full article please visit: http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/single-issue-will-health-care-or-property-taxes-motivate-vermont-voters/Content?oid=2453180&utm_source=VBM+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=c6fb40144e-Enews_10_13_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_85838110bc-c6fb40144e-286301905

To find out more about what Vermont business owners think are key issues please visit the latest Davis & Hodgdon business economic survey results from July 2014 at:  http://www.dh-cpa.com/client_media/files/BusinessEconomicSurvey_9-2014.pdf

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