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To the editor: (Last week in Colchester,) Gov. Jim Douglas was joined at Severance Corners by Robin Jeffers from S.D. Ireland Concrete Construction and Bart Frisbee, president of Sterling Construction, to talk about barriers to job creation and pro-environment development in Vermont. Against opposition from House Speaker Gaye Symington, Douglas has consistently advanced a pro-environment, pro-jobs agenda that balances our environmental ethic and our economic prosperity. While Gov. Douglas has worked to empower business leaders with the tools they need to grow good jobs and a healthy economy, Gaye Symington has stood in the way. Bart and Robin, and businesses large and smallfrom IBM, to S.D. Ireland to Sterling Constructionhave made it clear what they need to grow good jobs and a healthy economy in Vermont... Even as Vermonters worry about the winter and the high cost of heating their homes, Speaker Symington supported a tripling of the weatherization charge on home-heating oil. Symington has also supported higher taxes on income and property transfer, and a new payroll tax... Dennise R. Casey, Colchester

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