The candidates are here are the Hilton, circulating among the approximately 100 people gathered for this debate sponsored by Associated Industries of Vermont.
At this moment, Republican Gov. Jim Douglas and Democratic House Speaker Gaye Symington
are about one table apart, shaking hands. Hope they don't accidentally
back into each other. Independent
is at the back of the room.
I got a little advance information about the questions. They will cover all the issues important to this business audience -- from electric rates and how to control them, to whether there should be a moratorium
on new road projects so the available funding could be spent to catch on maintenance on roads and bridges. There is expected to be a question about drug and alcohol in the workplace, whether economic development should focus just on green enterprises, plus some of the usual questions about taxes and health care.
The debate is scheduled to run about two hours.
-- Nancy Remsen