Bernie Sanders not supporting museum

To the Editor:

Sen. Bernard Sanders may be an excellent senator in many respects, but his office recently failed in its duty to hear the concerns of an important industry to Vermont.

In February, I volunteered as a Vermont delegate for Museum Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. The aim is to educate elected officials about policy issues affecting museums. This year, a proposed change to the tax code related to charitable gifts could result in huge funding losses for museums, including more than 70 in Vermont.

I am not a lobbyist. I am a doctoral student paying her own way through school. When I volunteered, there were no participants signed up from Vermont. Hailing from nearby Plattsburgh, and being a fan of Senators Leahy and Sanders, I felt current enough on Vermont politics to lobby for the state's museums in the absence of a better, local advocate.


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