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19. Associated Industries of Vermont (AIV)
(Latest update)

P. O. Box 630
Montpelier, VT 05601

(802) 223-3441

Key Personnel

William Sayre, Chairman of the Board

Sandra Dragon, President
Kerrick Johnson, Vice President-Environmental Issues
Curtis Carpenter, Legislative Assistant

Coalition Involvements

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 of
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 plans.'"

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