Gabrielle understands that many issues are important to Vermonters. She has worked hard on health care, human rights, workforce development, protecting Vermont’s environment, and supporting the arts and education. For over a decade, she has focused her advocacy and management skills on energy issues because climate change will impact every issue we care about. This experience has shown her the tremendous opportunities, like green tech and sustainable agriculture, that lie within today's challenges.
Vermont needs an economic strategy that meets the needs of Vermonters - one that prioritizes our strengths and opportunities and creates an equitable path forward for all. Our challenges are interrelated; so too are the solutions.
Since my election on November 3, 2020, I've participated in hundreds of hours of virtual meetings. These include discussions with constituents, subject matter experts, other legislators, state agency staff, the City of Burlington, Burlington School District staff and Board members, neighborhood planning assemblies (NPA 5 & 7), and many more.
The first priority for 2021 is to help Vermonters struggling from the impacts of COVID. We must also ensure that we do not simply rebuild what we had before: we must improve upon it.
I am currently working on a variety of potential bills that, depending on how the session unfolds, will: help our students, address (in small ways) government spending and property taxes, make some improvements in the costs due to household hazard waste, assist Vermonters in saving money spent on driving and heating our homes, and will hopefully help improve our state family services programs. This is just the start. Please do let me know what you would like to see from Montpelier!
"We must take the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks, and transform. The ongoing murdering and subjection of people of color must stop. We must change our 30-year "broken windows" policing approach, increase community oversight and the presence of social workers within the police, limit the use of force, make investigations independent, and institute racial trainings throughout our schools, businesses, non-profits and government entities. But we cannot stop there. Our centuries of systemic racism pervades throughout our society, so we must also reform our criminal justice system, support social service and mental health programs, and increase economic opportunities. For example, by making it just as easy for people of color to access capital so they too may buy a home, build a business, go to school and realize their dreams. We are not a just and equitable society. We must listen. We must change.