During the three decades that I have been following Vermont politics, we have had a number of state treasurers, some more capable than others. Among them, Beth Pearce stands out. While quiet and not one to brag or exaggerate, Beth is arguably the most qualified and the hardest working. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Treasurer Pearce while she provided testimony to the Ways and Means Committee where I serve. Her presentations are well organized, factual and insightful. In committee we rely on her trustworthy expertise while analyzing and developing tax policy. It was her hard work that enabled Vermont to resolve underfunding retirement issues. It was her ability to manage our treasury that helps secure our outstanding bond rating, thereby saving Vermont millions of dollars in interest costs. It is her commitment to providing quality information that has enabled Ways and Means to work clearly through the issues before us.
Beth Pearce is a dedicated Vermonter and is running for re-election because she wants the state treasurerís office to be second to none, not as a stepping stone to a wider political agenda. Who could ask for more? Please join me in voting for her this election season.
Rep. JIM MASLAND
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