Representative Heidi E. Scheuermann
I am very grateful for the opportunity to have independently and effectively served the community of Stowe for the past eight years. As your State Representative, I have worked diligently in Montpelier to bring attention to the issues of importance to all of us. From economic development and education policy, to tax, health care, and transportation policy, I have worked with my colleagues to make a positive impact on a host of legislative initiatives throughout the years, and I look forward to continuing to do so for the next two years.
The 2015-2016 Legislative Biennium began on Wednesday, January 7th. While it will undoubtedly be a difficult year, with a $100 million budget deficit, I am optimistic about what we might be able to accomplish. I believe legislators of all political stripes want to focus, first and foremost, on the health of our state’s economy, and what we can do to ensure its steady and long-term growth. As the co-founder of Vision to Action Vermont, I am pleased to have helped bring this effort to the forefront of the 2014 campaign season, and, hopefully, the forefront of the legislative agenda this year.
I am also pleased that those who have always defended the status quo in education and education funding, now realize that the system must change in order for it to be sustainable, and ultimately, for our students to succeed. I have long fought for a transformation in our education and education funding system, so certainly welcome the new arrivals to the dance.
Finally, now that Governor Shumlin’s quest for a single-payer health care system is off the table, it is time to refocus our attention on the state health insurance exchange. We must create and exchange that works for Vermonters – one that ensures universal access to high quality care at a cost we can afford.
I am looking forward to tackling all of these issues and more. Please be in touch throughout the session as issues arise with which you have concerns or about which you have questions or comments.