We oppose the installation of F-35 fighter jets at the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington. The health, safety, and quality of life of all Vermonters will be harmed by these fighter jets. Our environment will be degraded. Removal of more rows of affordable houses near the airport will likely be required.
Each F-35 is projected to cost $112 million in today’s dollars, 50% more than original estimates. The total cost for the 18-22 planes will be over $2 billion. Our Vermont State budget is in desperate need of this money for health care, education, jobs, roads, bridges, environment, and human services. These planes are enormously powerful weapons built to advance U.S. occupations and wars thousands of miles from Vermont. In town meetings Vermonters voted overwhelmingly that the best way to support our soldiers is to bring each and every one of them home now. These planes are counter to those votes, and they will not benefit Vermont. We say to the Federal Government: cancel the F-35, and send the money to Vermont instead.
Adopted May 15, 2010