The Green Mountain state, so beautiful when in full bloom, during foliage season and when blanketed with snow, offers pristine quality, healthy air, clear waters and a uncluttered setting of forrest and farms. With its excellent schools, good public services, entrepreneurial spirit, diverse arts and cultures, let's guarantee Vermont is a great place to grow up, work, raise a family
My best years, the last twenty-seven, have been living in Wardsboro, married to Chérie, step father to Emi and Eri, and sharing
our home with a number of Cairn Terriers. From my arrival in town, on advice from my late father-in-law Tim Keeler, I’ve been
involved in various community activities: health officer, Fourth of July Parade, select board, school board and four terms as our
state representative to the Vermont House. Looking out for our town and our district has always been my reason for public service,
and so actions by the state legislature over the last two years have caused me concern.
My eight years in Montpelier protecting community control of education, small schools and choice have been jeopardized by
Act 46. Instead of lowering property taxes which was the clear call from voters in the last election, the legislature diverted
attention to governance, addressing problems that did not exist, while adding complications and confusion to the work of our
dedicated school boards.
The results of the March presidential primaries demonstrate voter dissatisfaction with present economic conditions, and while the
legislature continues a quest for elusive good paying jobs, it overlooks the challenges of the current, underpaid creators of our
district economy, the housekeepers, ski lift operators and service and retail employees.
To look out for our own, hard working families and students in our town and district, to fight for a livable wage for all and community centered education, and to continue my commitment to work with you at home and for you in Montpelier, I am running to retake the Windham-Bennington House seat. I ask for your support in the primary in August and the general election in November.
John Moran, Wardsboro
Throughout my political life I have supported health care as a human right, and know we need publicly financed, accessible health care for all Vermonters. As a major step toward single payer we will start with guaranteed primary care for all, focusing on chronic conditions and preventive medicine, as we eliminate insurance companies and excessive profits by the pharmaceutical companies to bring down cost.
To the Editor,
In solidarity with the Occupy movement and the Sanders revolution, the time is now for all political candidates to commit to the Vermont promise of a good life for each of our citizens: economic justice, based on a livable wage and fair taxes; publicly-financed health care for all; financial security for our senior residents; community centered education with local determination, small school protection and choice; a living environment providing a great place to live, work, and own a business; racial, gender, and sexual identity equality; publicly financed pre-K through higher education; employment security and worker protections; economic development with incentives to create high paying jobs; full capacity road, bridge, and telecommunications infrastructure; campaign finance reform; and, compassionate taking care of our own who are in need of support.
As a progressive Democrat who has championed these principles over the years, and particularly during my eight years in the Vermont House, I am running to retake the Windham-Bennington district, representing the towns of Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro, and Whitingham.
I realize the Vermont promise is ambitious, but it is also an endeavor whose time has arrived. With progressive legislators like myself dedicated to our future, in 2017-18 we will experience the most productive legislative biennium in our history.
To continue our journey toward economic, social, education, racial, gender, and environmental justice in Vermont, I ask for your support in the primary on August 9 and the general election on November 8.
Choosing between food or medication or between feeding myself or my pet; not going out because I can’t afford a vehicle and public transportation is unavailable; weighing every purchase I make; or, living in constant dread that an unexpected expense is going to throw me into uncontrollable debt. While many of our elders are finding it unaffordable to live in our district, financial security for my fellow seniors is to me a major concern. more...
WARDSBORO- Former Windham-Bennington Rep. John Moran announced his bid to return to the Legislature at a Democratic Party event in Dummerston this week.
Moran held the seat from 2006 until 2014, when he was defeated in his bid for re-election by Rep. Laura Sibilia.
Since then, he has remained active in Vermont politics, even considering a run for governor earlier this year. Moran is a founding member of a Vermont progressive Democratic group called Rights and Democracy with James Haslam, former executive director of the Vermont Workers’ Center. Moran says the Democratic Party has “lost its way,” and this group promotes progressive candidates for offices across the state. “We were not happy with the direction the state is taking in terms of the governor,” Moran said. “For a short while I was considering running when we didn’t see anyone running who represented progressive democratic principals. Since then, Peter Galbraith has entered the race, and I find him to be closest to my positions in terms of livable wage and income inequality.”
Moran has also continued to work within the Democratic Party as Wardsboro’s town Democratic committee chair, a delegate to the county committee, and a member of the state executive committee. Moran is also vying with about 100 candidates to be a delegate for Bernie Sanders to the national Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia at the end of July.
During his time in the Legislature, Moran championed a number of progressive causes including the livable wage and income inequality, workers’ rights, paid sick time, and family leave. With Bernie Sanders’ candidacy shining a spotlight on those issues, Moran hopes to turn that fresh public awareness of the issues into a win in November. “With the focus on income inequality, we can establish labor justice for those who are the true creators of our economy: the resort, retail, and service industry employees,” he said. “I care about the actual creation of good paying jobs, not just talk and studies.”
Reflecting on his previous work as a legislator, Moran said one of his proudest and most memorable moments was casting his vote to override Gov. Jim Douglas’ 2009 veto of Vermont’s Marriage Equality Act. “Being part of that, where every vote counted, will always be one of my best memories in the Legislature.”
Moran also touts his work on labor issues, including “fair share” legislation supporting unions. Under the legislation, non-union employees must pay for services they receive from the union. He also fought for legislation mandating breaks after six hours of work, paid sick leave, and a $15 per hour living wage. “We did succeed in raising the minimum wage, but not enough,” he said. “I’ll push to raise it to $12.50 as soon as possible and to $15 in a few years. The whole thing is unconscionable, to have an industry that depends on workers to survive, but not pay them a living wage. It’s like a system of servitude.”
Noting that two-thirds of the economy is related to consumer spending, Moran says raising the minimum wage will improve the overall economy. “If people have the income, they’ll purchase the things they need, and they’ll purchase them locally. That’s the economic argument. The moral one is that we don’t have the right to ask people to work a 40-hour week and not make a living.”
Moran also expresses concern that economic development and job creation programs in the state don’t focus only on job creation, but also on the quality of the jobs being created.
Under the federal EB-5 program, he notes, foreign investors can qualify for an immigration visa by investing $500,000 and creating 10 jobs – regardless of how much they pay. He says VEGI, the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program, offered tax benefits for creating higher paying jobs, but that it has been “watered down” and the standards have been lowered. “It doesn’t seem like the right way to grow our economy, with job incentives to create jobs that don’t pay a livable wage. As a result, you and I pay twice, once to create the job, and again when the low-wage employee needs help.”
Moran says health care was the issue that got him involved in politics, and he has a master’s degree in health policy. He supports Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan. “We need universal health care,” Moran says. “We need to get the insurance profit motive out of the system. We need to pay nurses and doctors, but we don’t need a parasitic insurance program to collect premiums and deny services.”
Infrastructure would be one of Moran’s priorities if he’s in Montpelier for the next biennium. “It’s key to economic development and jobs,” he says. “We need an infrastructure that attracts business – roads, bridges, housing, and Internet.
Always a hot topic in the district, Moran says he’ll push to address the education property tax issues that weren’t addressed by the sweeping district consolidation legislation passed in the first year of the current biennium. “I will respond to constituents’ anger over property taxes, which was ignored in the bait-and-switch that gave us the quite unsatisfactory Act 46.”
MY YEAR-ROUND COMMITMENT: Working with you at home. Working for you in Montpelier.
To fulfill the Promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all Vermonters, the legislature in January, 2017 will be challenged to create: An economy fair to workers and business, community centered education; health care for all; financial security for our senior citizens; and, a environment in which to live, work and own a business.
Building on my eight years of legislative experience representing the Windham-Bennington House District, and my 27 years of service in our community, I stand again as a candidate to pursue the Vermont Promise for Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro and Whitingham
in the Vermont House.
I ask for your vote and thank you, John Moran
Bait, switch and Act 46. Property taxes concerned voters during our last election. So candidates promised to lower taxes, and once elected, did what they’ve done in the past; switched focus from education funding to governance. Act 46 is the wrong law because it does not lower property taxes, but addresses problems that do did not exist, while creating new ones. Proposals to make education funding progressive and to undo the damages caused by Act 46 are being developed.
Economic justice calls for a political, financial and moral system, dedicated to a living wage for the workers who actually create our economy; for progressive taxes, assessing all forms of income at the same rate; and, a decent standard of living for all regardless of employment. Many entries in this web page address economic justice, and a proposals to make Vermont fair and friendly to workers and business owners alike are in progress.
In solidarity with the Occupy movement and the Sanders revolution, I am committed to the Vermont Promise of
a good life for each of our citizens: Economic justice with a livable wage and fair taxes; community education with local determination, small school protection and choice, and free pre-K through higher education; publicly financed health care for all; financial security for our senior residents; and
a living environment providing a great place to live, work and own a business.
Thank you for participating in the Democratic presidential primary. After eight years as our Representative in the Vermont House and as a supporter of Bernie’s positions for many years, I urge all of us to keep his momentum going:
• An economy fair to workers and business
• Free pre-K through college education
• Health care for all
• Financial security for our senior citizens
• Citizen controlled politics
• An environment to live, work and own a business
I ask for your vote on August 9 in the primary and on November 8 in the general election.
By Chris Mays firstname.lastname@example.org @CMaysBR on TwitterPOSTED: 06/03/2016 06:31:08 PM EDT
WARDSBORO >> Former state representative John Moran wants to return to Montpelier.
"I think the Bernie Sanders revolution within the party is a very good thing," Moran said of the Vermont senator who is running for president and has changed conversations in the Democratic party. "I think he's bringing issues up that we really need to be addressing."
Fairness for working Vermonters is one of Moran's biggest issues. He hopes to create a livable wage for more residents, a figure higher than $10 per hour. He looks at Sanders' campaign as an opportunity to focus on this area but insists he's not "grabbing" onto it as he runs against incumbent Laura Sibilia.
"Bernie's proposing a lot of things I have been proposing for 10 years or more," said Moran, who served as a representative for four terms over eight years in a district where many jobs are within the ski and service industries.
Mount Snow and the Hermitage Club's Haystack Mountain are resorts where residents from his Windham-Bennington district, which covers Dover, Wardsboro, Searsburg, Readsboro, Stamford and Somerset, secure employment. They're making beds, cleaning hallways, serving food or running equipment. And they're not making a livable wage, said Moran.
Nationally, Moran pointed out, two-thirds of the economy is powered by domestic spending. Providing tax credits or other programs to corporations who do not offer livable wages, he said, bills residents twice. Tax dollars are used for assisting the corporation then the employees who receive supplemental support through state programs.
"I think it's hard to justify supporting an industry by creating a servitude class that doesn't make enough money to live on themselves. It's a little illogical," he said. "It's not about me. I've never been shy about where I stand on issues."
Moran has long supported gay marriage and sponsored the bill legalizing it in Vermont. He said he now hopes to "undo some of the damage done in the last two years."
Act 46, which mandates school district consolidation statewide, was meant to lower property taxes but has not, said Moran, adding that it puts school choice and local control in jeopardy. He wants to see campaign finance reform after considering a run for governor but decided against it due to restrictions around public financing. He is now endorsing Peter Galbraith.
Moran also takes issue with changes made to the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program in the last legislative session.
He said it's going in the wrong direction and it will create more low-paying jobs.
"Our money should go into better bridges, internet and roads, things that can make Vermont more attractive for people to come,"
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