Sara Coffey

When raising fees saves taxpayers money

As we face tightening finances in state government, the Legislature’s decision to raise DMV fees for the first time in years was the fiscally responsible thing to do


Sara Coffey, a Democrat, represents Guilford and Vernon in the Vermont House of Representatives, where she chairs the House Transportation Committee.


What does it mean to be fiscally responsible? When it comes to Vermont transportation, it means being clear about where the rubber meets the road.

Like other states, we in Vermont pay for our transportation program using a mix of funding sources. Revenue comes from the gas and diesel tax, a portion of the motor vehicle purchase and use tax, revenue and fees associated with the use of the state's airports, and fees for driver's licenses and vehicle registrations.

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We need leaders who can build bridges, not fences

‘My track record as an effective legislator and community leader is what really sets me apart from my opponent’

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the state representative for the people of Vernon and Guilford over the last four years. I'm running for re-election because I care deeply about the future of our rural communities. I continue to be very concerned about the growing...

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Hashim: earned respect from legislators

I'm excited to support Nader Hashim because he will bring strong leadership, integrity and experience that we need in the Vermont Senate. When we served together in the House, Nader's experience as a state trooper and his thoughtful approach quickly earned him the respect from legislators of all political...

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Coffey thanks Windham-1 voters

I am writing to express my gratitude for the voters, supporters, and volunteers who have shown their confidence in me and helped me win my re-election bid for the Windham-1 seat in the Vermont House of Representatives. I ran because I care deeply about the future of our rural communities and I love the work, so it is a real honor to earn this privilege. In the days, weeks, and months ahead, we will need to come together and work...

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The issues that matter

The year 2020 will go into the books as a memorable one. This pandemic has disrupted every aspect of our lives, including the usual rhythm of the Vermont General Assembly. We have seen how our collective actions of staying at home, social distancing, and wearing masks in public have helped to flatten the curve in our state. We continue to have a shared social responsibility to protect our neighbors and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In mid-March, we pivoted...

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Investments reflect our values

Over the last 19 weeks, I have been immersed in parliamentary procedure, debate, and deliberation. Together, we passed legislation and a $6.1 billion budget that prioritized strengthening our economy; addressing climate change, clean water, child-care assistance, housing, and fair and impartial policing; and preserving reproductive rights. We accomplished this without raising new taxes on Vermonters. So often we hear about the issues debated on the floor of the Statehouse, but much of our work in the Legislature happens in the...

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Broad Brook Community Center is open!

On Nov. 11, Broad Brook Community Center held an Apple Pie Social, welcoming the Guilford community back into the 120-year-old former Broad Brook Grange building after a first phase of renovations: a new accessible entry ramp and bathrooms, kitchen improvements, and fire escape from the second-floor auditorium. It was a festive occasion, and we have many people and organizations to thank, including the people of Guilford who believe in the importance of making the Grange building a safer, more inclusive,

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Coffey looks forward to serving in Legislature

I am writing to express my gratitude to the voters, supporters, and volunteers who have shown their confidence in me and helped me win the election for the Windham-1 seat in the Vermont House of Representatives. I'm proud to have earned the support of local voters during my campaign, and I am incredibly honored to be able to represent and serve the towns of Guilford and Vernon. As a candidate, I have worked to run my race in a way...

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