Democratic candidates for governor discuss jobs for UVM graduates

With elections coming this November, democratic candidates for governor are debating ways for UVM graduates to get jobs and continue to live in Vermont.The candidates — Susan Bartlett, Matt Dunne, Peter Shumlin and Doug Racine — discussed how issues such as the economy affect UVM students at the Gubernatorial Forum hosted by UVM College Democrats on March 23. “We need to make sure that young people are graduating without an incredible amount of debt so they can be the next generation of entrepreneurs here in Vermont,” Dunne said.The candidates also discussed renewable energy, green products, and a Vermont that takes the lead nationally in the hemp growing and manufacturing industry.”It is legal in Vermont to grow hemp,” Bartlette said. “Let’s have the oil, lets have the seeds, the fiber, the cloths. We would like to have an exemption in Vermont to prove to the nation that the world will not come to an end if we start growing industrial hemp.”The candidates said they agreed that Vermont needs set an example for the nation. “Vermont has a habbit of leading the rest of the country,” Dunne said.