By Ellen McKay
It’s important for people to know, as Montpelier is tied up in knots over the state budget, that Ruth Hardy is an exceptionally capable budget administrator. Ruth served as Assistant Budget Director at Middlebury College for seven years (2006-2013) and helped many departments and administrators work through significant budget reductions and stress during the worldwide financial crisis. Ruth was the one we’d call when we needed a calm, patient, and humane voice to explain tricky financial matters and advocate for essential programs.
As an Addison County senator, Ruth would bring a steady, intelligent voice to complicated budget negotiations and would be an important asset to all Vermonters.
This post appeared as a letter to the editor in the Addison County Independent on June 25, 2018. Ellen McKay is Program Coordinator for the Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life at Middlebury College. Ellen and Ruth worked together on the Center’s budget while Ruth served as the College’s Assistant Budget Director.