Keep it in Vermont

MIDDLEBURY A number of Vermont organizations have joined forces to promote a new statewide Keep it in Vermont campaign, urging Vermonters to consider reinvesting their $600-$1,200 federal stimulus checks back into the Vermont economy during the next three months. Most Vermonters we know have bills to pay and are working hard to make ends meet, and this is an astonishing opportunity for Vermont neighbors to jump-start our own local economies in time for spring, said Rutland small business owner Robin McDermott, co-founder of the campaign. Why run out and buy a (foreign-made) new plasma T.V., when we have remarkable Vermont farms, businesses, and nonprofits offering high-quality goods and services? In addition, the Keep it in Vermont plan should spur local consumers to consider putting their stimulus money down on a new (or pre-owned) U.S.-manufactured car or truck sold by local dealers or American-made home appliances and other domestically made equipment, clothing, food as well as additional domestic products that are sold locally. If every one of our 250,000 tax-paying households in Vermont re-invested their federal rebate checks back into our Vermont economies, wed inject $150 million back into the pockets of our local neighbors during a national economic recession,said Champlain College professor Dr. Rob Williams. Thats a win-win economic stimulus package all Vermonters can support.

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