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Council studies Vermont’s priorities


After two years spent interviewing Vermonters young and old, blue collar and white, the Council on the Future of Vermont shared its findings on the hopes, aspirations and visions for the state as voiced by nearly 4,000 people who know it best.

The group had just one qualification for its sources -- of living within the Green Mountain State. "We wanted to speak with people who don’t normally have a voice," said Sarah Waring, who presented the Council’s findings at an open forum held at Southern Vermont College Tuesday.

Distinctive because of its small size, the study shows Vermonters have a deep connection with their state and believe its important to protect its identity while at the same time creating more employment opportunities.

The people of the state also don’t want separations in class.

"We don’t want low income and wealthy ... we want us all to be able to continue to rub elbows," Waring said. "We need to rededicate ourselves to this."

People around the state expressed concerns about the threats to agriculture, including the rising costs of doing business and lack of a younger generation of farmers..