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Millennials to the rescue in Vermont’s demographics crisis
Vermont’s dirty little secret is out in the open. The Green Mountain State is the victim of a demographic shift.
The state needs more young people and middle-class families — that is, more people paying taxes and fees.
The election of Gov. Phil Scott helped bring the secret out of the shadows.
With the rise of news stories about Vermont’s young people leaving the state in search of better-paying jobs, so, too, has its middle class begun to shrink.
For example, 64 percent of Vermont’s high school graduates go out of state for college, and many never return.
“We must acknowledge … our demographic and workforce challenges,” Scott said during his inauguration address . “It’s a complex problem and it will not be solved overnight. … We literally cannot afford to ignore this issue anymore.”
Between 2000 and 2010 — during the governorships of Democrat Howard Dean and Republican Jim Douglas — Vermonters between the ages of 25 and 45 declined by 30,000.
Things didn’t improve much under Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin.
“Since 2010, we’ve lost 16,000 workers … and that downward trend continues,” Scott said. “We are losing 2,300 more every year, which means, by tomorrow, we’ll have six fewer workers than we have today.”
As Scott also warned while lieutenant governor when his statewide “Everyday Jobs Initiative” hit the road, such losses erode the state’s tax base and scare away new businesses. “Those losses [are] making Vermont less and less affordable for those who remain,” he said.
Middle class blues
Between 1980 and 2015, Vermont’s middle class shrank 12 percent, according to a 2016 report by the left-leaning Public Assets Institute of Vermont. Meanwhile, job growth has flattened.
During the 2016 campaign, Scott said he’d like to see Vermont’s population expand from 625,000 to 700,000 over the next decade.
“This is a pretty tall order — maybe unattainable,” said Rob Roper, president of the Ethan Allen Institute, a right-leaning free-markets think tank. “Our state’s population is stagnant, and if we want to be able to continue paying for government services, we need to find a way to increase the number of citizens paying taxes into the treasury.”
During his budget address earlier in the week, Scott said $750,000 will be earmarked for outreach marketing that targets young people, working families and new businesses. [snip]
“Vermont has a reputation for being a hard place to make a living. It only makes sense that we make it easy for recent graduates to, for example, ski during the day, work a part-time job in the evenings, supplement their incomes driving for Uber and rent out the spare room over the garage through Airbnb,” Roper said.
“The myriad regulations standing in the way of this kind of economic flexibility for both employers and employees need to be scrapped, and Vermont should lead the way into the 21st century with a clarion call for millennials to come help us do it.”
What follows belongs to Vermont Loon Watch.
The Progressive Legislature has different ideas about how to correct 65 years of Hippy joy and Socialist rigamarole. Former Governor Shumlin thought their was nothing wrong with how the state operated; in his opinion the state still had taxpayers with money and the Federal government certainly could afford more debt. Senators Leahy and Sanders whole heatedly agreed.
Milo Fumberst Director of Housing, Botos Centers and Substance Abuse, and a perennial Millennial, offered a new program to attract Millennials to Vermont. Affordable housing is a must, so I have directed unused land in the variious cities to construct low-rent housing; we’re calling it Mom’s Basements and co-op dwellings. Millennials can live there at low to no cost until they get thoe $15/hr jobs at the restaurants and ski lifts. The big attraction is the inexpensive Botox treatments.
Botoxed and ready, Millennials leave Mom’s basement and streak to Vermont to save the State Botox is booming among millennials — some as young as 18
Getting tem jobs at that rate of pay will allow the State to tax them heavily and bolster our bottom line within 6 months. I people only read the NY Time and particularly Krugman, they would understand why Vermont has much more in common with Venezuela than just the letter V.
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