Montpelier, Vt. – The National Federation of Independent Business/Vermont (NFIB/VT), the largest small business association in the country, endorsed Phil Scott for Governor.
“Lt. Governor Scott has repeatedly voiced the importance of addressing Vermont’s crisis of affordability and ensuring that our state retains and empowers small business owners as well as attracts new ones. His determination to put Vermont on a more fiscally solvent path makes Mr. Scottthe obvious choice for the NFIB endorsement in this year’s gubernatorial race,” according to Shawn Shouldice who serves as NFIB Vermont’s state director. “The small business sector has been crushed by the Shumlin Administration’s failed policies including Vermont Health Connect as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in higher taxes, fees, and surcharges. A tenacious and determined leader is certainly needed to eradicate these harmful policies and initiatives.”
More than 95 percent of businesses in Vermont are small businesses and together they employ about 60 percent of the workforce.
“I am honored to have the support of NFIB/VT,” said Scott. “I have owned a small business for 30 years and it was my experience in business that led me into politics sixteen years ago. I understand the challenges small business face, and I respect the critical role they play in our economy. As Governor, I will bring that knowledge and understanding to my decision making so that we can build a strong economy that supports all Vermonters,” Scott said.
“For the last several years, as Lt. Governor, I have travelled across the state and put myself in the shoes of many small-business owners through my ‘Everyday Jobs Tour.’ Between the tour and this campaign, I have met countless entrepreneurs and business owners with good ideas and ambitions to grow in Vermont. All they need now is the right economic climate,” Scott said. “That is why I have made the economy and affordability the centerpieces of my campaign. I look forward to partnering with NFIB and other Vermonters who share our vision to fight for a pro-growth initiatives and a vibrant economy,” Scott said.