19. Associated Industries of Vermont (AIV)
P. O. Box 630
Montpelier, VT 05601
William Sayre, Chairman of the Board
Sandra Dragon, President
Kerrick Johnson, Vice President-Environmental Issues
Curtis Carpenter, Legislative Assistant
Vermont Forest Products Association
Bill Sayre served on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Farm Bureau, and Vermont Forest Products Association
He delivered a speech (link)at the 1999 Conference of the Property Rights Foundation of America
"As the trade association representing the interests of
Vermont manufacturers, and those whose well being depends on manufacturers,
AIV is dedicated to the proposition that free enterprise, free
markets, private property, and limited government are essential
to protecting the liberty and improving the life of the people
Vermont," according to Bill Sayre.
Board of Directors
William R. Sayre, Chairman
(1) Bill Sayre is a partner in the A. J. Johnson Co., a Bristol company that grows timber and manufactures lumber. Previously Sayre was an economist with the Federal Reserve, where he was responsible for analysis of business conditions, business cycles, and trends in the general economy.
Sayre earned his B. A. in economics from Northwestern University, and his M. B. A. in finance and economics from the University of Chicago, where he studied under Nobel Laureates Milton Friedman, George Stigler, Gary Becker, Merton Miller, and Robert Lucas.
(2) Forest Land Easements
Bill Sayre gave a speech at the 1999 annual conference of the Property Rights Foundation of America entitled "Forest Land Easements -Freezing the Future" where he discussed the government easements on forest lands being negotiated through the Vermont Land Trust. He said, " conservation easements hold a genuine threat to the future of the working forest and the working lands of America, to the families and the communities that depend on these lands, and for all those who believe in private property and in freedom."
(3) Water Regulations
AIV expressed concern this year about new water quality standards
proposed by the Vermont Water Resources Board. "While the
media have concentrated on the proposed E.coli standard, the most
problematic aspects of the Board's proposal include: dividing
the Class B category into three subclasses; adding restrictions
to control stormwater discharges; placing greater restrictions
on the amount of water that is allowed to be withdrawn or diverted
form waters and on activities on land adjacent to waters; and
significantly strengthening the effect and power of water 'basic