Eric LaMontagne: Vermont is in trouble

Editor’s note: This commentary is by Eric LaMontagne, who is the executive director of Campaign for Vermont.

Vermont loves to tout its many media accolades, frequently showing up on top 10 lists praising us for our health, happiness and sustainability. Pull aside the curtains, however, and anyone who is honest with themselves can only come to one conclusion: Vermont is in trouble.

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Please, bear with me. I realize numbers and statistics about employment, wages, benefits and taxes are not a flashy or exciting subject. This is not a single-issue, single-solution situation. These numbers will, however, illuminate a complex, systemic problem that few openly acknowledge and that will not be easy to address. They must be treated with the same gravity as Vermont’s other hot-topic issues, such as paid family leave, taxation of cannabis, water

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