Ever since Peter Shumlin was sworn in as Vermont’s governor, there has been a cloud of uncertainty hovering over the Green Mountain State.
Like Miguel de Cervantes’ Man of La Mancha. on his ideological quest across the Iberian peninsula of the 17th century, Gov. Shumlin is tilting a few windmills of his own—both literal and figurative.
I wonder when Mr. Shumlin will be able to fit the all-important issue of Vermont unemployment and anemic job creation into his Impossible Dreamquest (which includes his fifth vacation in just eight months after gaining the governor’s seat)?
Last week, one of the governor’s top department heads referred to his boss’s health-care plan hemming-and-hawing as just “temporary uncertainty”. Yet, the fact of the matter is that the governor’s total M.O. mad been “temporary uncertainty”.
Gov. Shumlin’s “temporary uncertainty” principle, especially regarding his single-payer health care idea, is now affecting several state employers:
An executive at G.W. Plastics in Bethel told reporters last week that he is “concerned about the unfavorable business climate in Vermont.”
The G.W. executive was especially concerned about Gov. Shumlin’s desire to close Vermont Yankee (the plastics firm relies heavily on atomic-generated electricity). And regarding the governor's single-payer health care plan, the Bethel official worried aloud about “the possibility of increased costs to companies like G.W.”
Paul Frascoia of Fab-Tech of Colchester reported in a July 11 news release that “while we are committed to maintaining current employment levels in Vermont, we are choosing to make our new investments in other states due to our concern about the future cost of single-payer, as well as the high cost of electricity, and high taxes, on our Vermont operations.”
Susan Wachob and her husband are the owners of Hearthside Quilts in Hinesburg—well, formerly of Hinesburg.
“After 14 years of doing business in Vermont we’ve decided to move our business to Virginia. We have to leave,” Wachob said in a recent news announcement.
The money began to dry up at the couple’s home-based business. Their business was paying a whopping $16,000 a year in taxes.
“In Virginia, we’ll be paying a quarter of the business taxes we were paying in Vermont. We really had to go somewhere where we can build our income back up,” the Wachobs said. Sad but true.
The Wachobs had this message for lawmakers before they turned out the lights in Hinesburg: “What planet are you living on? It's not the same one I’m living on. We’re empty. We’re done (here).”