Campaign Countdown: Christine Hallquist

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Campaign 2018 is winding down. The general election is next Tuesday, and for the next week, WCAX News is sitting down with the candidates for governor and lieutenant governor.

Monday, Democrat Christine Hallquist joined us to make her final pitch to voters. She spoke with our Cat Viglienzoni on the Channel 3 News at 5:30 p.m.

Hallquist says she's been visiting towns around the state meeting people face-to-face to talk about her ideas.

Cat asked Hallquist more about her plan to expand Vermont's fiber network and why she thinks it would work here. She says more than 60 rural communities have done it with success. And she says they have figured out how to do it for less than 25 percent of the cost today, though they would need an engineering study to figure out exactly how much it would cost to implement here in Vermont.

Cat also asked how she would entice younger people to come to live in Vermont if she were elected and the fiber network didn't exist yet.

"Well, the immediate thing we can do is start targeting certain occupations like mental health support for loan forgiveness programs. Loan forgiveness tools are a very effective tool for getting people to stay here. In the late '80s, it worked very effectively with doctors," Hallquist said.

As for balancing the budget, Hallquist pointed to a plan to grow revenue to pay for programs she is championing on her platform.

Watch the videos for the full interview.