Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dan Feliciano for Governor of Vermont

As election day nears, Vermonters, you and I, need to decide who they will vote for as their next Governor.
However, before doing so, you should reflect on the past ten years. Are you more financially secure? Do you have more career options? Are you children’s education getting better? Are your children safer? Is your healthcare better? Are your parents safer and healthier?

If you can honestly answer yes to each question, go ahead vote for one of the two leading career candidates. However, if the answer to any question is, “No!” Its time to vote for a change. Time to vote for someone with a different perspective. Someone, who like you, answered, no, to most of the questions listed above.
I, like you, am frustrated paying higher taxes as each year passes. I, like you, am gravely concerned about my children's eduction. I, like you, am worried about the financial impact of skyrocketing costs of healthcare. I, like you, am worried about my parents ability to live on their current retirement incomes. Its time to vote for me, Dan Feliciano. I’m not a Republican. I’m not a Democrat. I’m a Vermonter.

Now for the good news, over the years as a Strategy & Change consultant and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, I've developed a deep expertise in helping struggling organizations private and public sector (some much larger than our lovely state), decrease their costs, improve their productivity, improve their customer satisfaction and significantly increase their revenue. I know I can do the same for the Green Mountain state.

No more crazy “cost savings” antics like Challenge for Change. Where local school districts were given draconian cost savings targets without the support and coaching about how to achieve the cost savings without having to let go of teachers or compromising educational standards.

My primary goals and laser like focus as Governor will be on doing what I do best.
  • Cutting spending and improving productivity
  • Retaining and growing business
  • Developing a cost conscience culture
  • Cutting taxes
  • Equal rights and equal freedom for all Vermonters, all Vermonters

As Governor of Vermont, I can immediately set the wheels in motion on these goals. I will not only provide the leadership and motivation to accomplish the goals I set forth, but I also have the expertise and experience to coach and mentor our state employees through this transformation process.
More specifically, I will;
  1. Cut spending and waste while improving productivity – No, this doesn’t necessarily mean laying off more state employees. There are thousands of other ways to cut costs without laying off people. However, before we can cut taxes, we need to get our cost structure under control.
    1. We will reduce the cost of government including in healthcare and costly services. I’ve worked in Healthcare, specifically for the Medical College of Virginia, CIGNA Healthcare, AETNA Healthcare and & GE Healtcare. I know how healthcare operates and I know we can drive down these costs.
    2. We will improve the productivity of our State’s services so we can handle the expected growth in jobs and businesses without adding costs or additional employees. Doing so, will enable us to cut taxes in the near future without creating a nearer-term state deficit.
    3. Also, I will dehassel government! No more going to DMV and being treated like a buffoon. We will simplify our state operates.
    4. We will identify and remove nonsensical barriers that the state has imposed on businesses that limit entrepreneurship and businesses growth.
    5. However, we WILL not compromise our environment to do so nor will we compromise our spectacular quality of life.
  2. Retain and grow our businesses by creating an infrastructure that enables businesses to grow and thrive –
    1. We will use our existing state resources, including the Department of Economic Development, to provide or subsidize training for Vermont businesses, especially the small businesses. The businesses will can expect to receive training that will enable them to grow and thrive in financial management (especially cash flow & cost management), strategy creation, and operations management (improving quality and productivity).
    2. And of course, they can expect a tax relief as direct result of our cost savings plan.
  3. Develop a cost-conscious culture –
    1. Immediately, all managers who manage a budget will be taught how to use data to develop realistic budgets, manage their budgets with an emphasis on identifying productivity improvements that will reduce costs, improve the quality and delivery speed of their operations. The managers will be held accountable for driving down the costs of their services WHILE improving their services quality, timeliness and customer satisfaction. Every state agency will have publicly monitored measurable goals that include doing their jobs better, faster, cheaper & greener.
  4. Cut Taxes -
    1. After we understand the true costs of running the state, right sized the budget, and decreased costs, we will cut taxes without compromising our quality of life, our financial position, our education system or our environment.
  5. Equal rights and equal freedom for all Vermonters, all Vermonters
    1. All Vermonters will have the right to marry!

Before you cast your hugely important vote on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, reflect upon the past ten years. Are you more financially secure? Do you have more career options? Are your children getting a better education? Is your healthcare better? Are your parents safer?
If you are significantly better off than you were ten years ago, cast your vote for one of the two leading candidates. However, if your not better off today than you were 10 years ago, if your future doesn’t look brighter, then vote for me, Dan Feliciano, Independent candidate for Governor of Vermont.


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