More than a third of the 210 members of the Associated Contractors of Vermont and the Vermont Independent Electrical Contractors Association met at the State House on Wednesday to speak with lawmakers about several issues of importance to the construction community.
Wearing high-resolution safety vests to identify themselves to members of the House and Senate, company owners, managers and supervisors chatted with lawmakers over coffee in the State House Cafeteria, and later at committee meetings. Legislators heard comments concerning economic matters, transportation and capital construction funding, and the impact of unfunded mandates on the cost of doing business.
The high point was a meeting with Governor Phil Scott. Welcoming the visitors, Governor Scott opened the meeting with, “I am one of you,” referring to his construction career before he was elected governor. Speaking about the future, Governor Scott advised this guests that Vermont will face some tough times in the next two years. “There will be some pain over the next couple of years,” he said, “but the prospects beyond are encouraging.” Appreciating his visitors, Governor Scott said it was important to be be involved to make change.
Following the meeting with the governor there were visits to the House Transportation, Ways & Means, and Institutions Committees and the Senate Transportation and Economic Development Committees.