By Laura Matthews - Paul Costello was interviewed for this piece on the current state of the U.S. economy. Here's an excerpt from middle of the article where he was quoted:
By comparison, Vermont, less than 200 miles away from the Maine border, appears to be in a better position with its “modest recovery.” Still, there is also uncertainty there over the nation’s fiscal crises, according to the New England report. Some 11,000 of the 15,000 payroll jobs that Vermont lost during the downturn have been recovered, the state’s education and health services are growing, and the state's housing market has made a turnaround. “For the most part, the continuing Vermont economic upswing is expected to be fueled by a revival in the pace of progress in the global economy,” the report states.
But to maintain such momentum, congressional lawmakers are going to hear about what Paul Costello calls the “big picture challenges that are not being met by Washington today.” Costello, executive director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development, says people in Vermont are concerned about the same issues as elsewhere -- the economy, health care and immigration reform. “I think that most Americans feel a sense of deep unease and are frustrated by the paralysis in Washington, where people are putting ideology and self-interest and attitude ahead of... working together as a team for the common good for the future of this country,” Costello said. “Congressional folks are going to hear that frustration. They’re going to hear a lot of people pushing them to work more effectively together and I think that’s a really good thing and I hope it comes out loud and clear so that they do take initiative.”