Wed, Apr 4, 2012 09:34 AM
I am writing regarding Senate Bill 238 which would create a way for
those without Social Secutiry numbers to get driver's
liscenses. This bill addresses a real problem for an important
part of the Vermont population. Migrant workers are a vital part of
Vermont's economy, especially in the dairy industry. As Phyllis
Bowdish, a dairy farmer in Weybridge puts it "Migrant farm workers
in Vermont deserve to be recognized for their contribution to VT
Currently many of these workers are trapped on farms because of
fear of leaving without identification. Others are already driving
out of the need from their work or the challenges of living
rurally. This would create a path for workers to take a test,
understand the rules of the road, and get insurance, making the
roads safer for everyone.
I support not only this bill, but all the human rights of migrant
workers in our state. As a state we have a long way to go to
realizing that we all depend on each other in ways we cannot see or
understand. That is why on May 1st thousands of people are coming
to Montpelier for the Put People First March and Rally for One
Movement fo People and the Planet. Not only is it a way for us to
make sure our own needs are taken care of, it also shows us we all
are struggling for the same things.
Chris Schroth, Glover, Vt.