Becca Balint is a Vermont State Senator from Windham County. In 2017, she was selected to serve as the Senate's Majority Leader. She sits on Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee and the Workforce Development Council.
A child of an immigrant, Becca was taught at an early age that education is not only the key to getting ahead in life, but is also a fundamental tool for combating prejudice and injustice. Her tireless work in many different educational settings, including as a teacher in public and private schools and camps, has honed her skills in leadership, collaboration, and flexibility.
After leaving full-time teaching to focus on raising her children, Becca became a regular editorial columnist at the Brattleboro She serves on the Southeastern Vermont Economic Strategies (SeVEDS), where she has served on the workforce committee creating the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the region. Becca is also a professional coach and works with individuals and groups, including educators and writers. Previously, Becca was the elected town meeting representative for her district, president of a local non-profit board, and a member of the Brattleboro Development Review Board, Becca and her spouse Elizabeth Wohl, a health law attorney, are raising their two children within walking distance of downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.
Senator Balint's Vision for Vermont
No matter what happens in politics elsewhere, Vermonters still believe in collaboration across the aisles. Our town meeting tradition endures because we listen when our neighbors talk and work together to craft solutions to our problems. This is a state which sent both Republican Jim Jeffords and Progressive Bernie Sanders to the U.S. Congress; we value hard work and fighting for Vermonters, regardless of political persuasion. In this tradition, I am a proud Democrat, but not a smug one. I am a woman of strong ideals—fairness, kindness, and opportunity, among them. But I am not an ideologue. I love a great conversation, and I enjoy finding the critical connections between ideas that get the job done; that’s how coalitions are forged.
We have so much talent here in the best corner of Vermont. We can work together to address our many urgent needs.
- Attract and keep young workers here to replace the retiring workforce
- Give young people the necessary training to fill area jobs
- Build a diverse, dynamic post-VY economy
- Adjust the school funding system to help combat rising property taxes
- Ensure that single payer health care financing works well for small businesses
- Celebrate and support the arts, agriculture and business. We need them all in order to have a healthy, vibrant economy
- Build connections between educators, law enforcement, the medical community and social services to combat the growing heroin problem
- Build stronger regional relationships and look for regional solutions to our economic and tax problems
I will work hard to stay in touch with constituents from all over the county, maintaining a website with updates about important legislative business and posting relevant news on social media. I also intend to keep writing my weekly editorial column in the Brattleboro Reformer. I want my readers and constituents to continue to know what’s on my mind, and I want them to have a clear channel to tell me what’s on theirs.
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