Mollie S. Burke
What is your vision for Vermont's early care and education system, and how would you propose funding this system?
I believe that we should have universal and affordable child care and early education programs like those that exist in Canada and other countries. I believe we could attract many young families to the state with this kind of policy. And the economy would benefit greatly by allowing more parents to work. Pay for child care workers also needs to be commensurate with the importance of the work. I would propose funding this system by adjusting the tax rates so that people who benefited from recent federal tax cuts would pay a greater portion of their income in taxes. Also there would be a sliding scale payment for child care, so that it was affordable for everyone at every income level. Many middle class families now must choose between paying for child care and buying a home.