From the state house to the trail and everywhere in between, Phil had a week full of endorsements, meetings, events, and even a rare tie-breaking vote. Here are a few highlights from the last week:
REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS OVERWHELMINGLY ENDORSE PHIL
Last week we shared four more Letters to the Editor from fellow Vermonters supporting Phil in his run for Governor. This week, Phil saw another significant show of support when he captured endorsements from nearly every Republican legislator.
On Thursday, Republican legislators overwhelmingly endorsed Phil for Governor, citing his ability to set clear priorities, build consensus and lead the efforts to make Vermont more affordable and build a stronger economy. Many also noted Phil’s unparalleled connection with, and commitment to Vermonters as a top reason for support. Four of the five legislators not offering an endorsement have always stayed neutral during primaries; one plans to make an endorsement in the coming weeks.
Phil is honored and humbled by each and every endorsement, whether it be from his colleagues that he’s worked closely with for years, to the Vermonters he serves every day. He will not let you down. To view the press release, click HERE.
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
Serving as Governor is an important responsibility, and our next Governor will need to restore faith and trust in our state government. Phil is the only candidate with the commitment, experience and vision to take on these responsibilities, and he wants Vermonters to fully understand how he’ll do it.
Phil shared an in-depth look at his approach to leadership, and how that approach has influenced action over his years of public service. You can learn more about Phil’s leadership, and a few of his notable legislative and policy accomplishments HERE.
Additionally, Phil introduced his plan to restore faith and trust in government, outlining five specific actions and policies he will implement as Governor. We invite you to view the full position paper HERE.
Vermonters have come to know and trust that Phil is responsive, and that he will take action. Given the opportunity, Phil Scott will restore faith and trust in state government and move Vermont forward!
SERVING VERMONTERS IN THE STATE HOUSE
Throughout the legislative session, Phil has remained focused on his primary responsibility – serving Vermonters in the current job they elected him to do. Over the last week, that included casting a tie-breaking vote (Lt. Governor’s only vote when there is a tie in the Senate). The vote broke a 14-14 tie, and halted an effort to increase the penalties for riding a motorcycle without a helmet. Read more on the issue, and the vote from WCAX.
He also took time to welcome students from Shelburne’s Renaissance School on their first visit to the state house.
Even while Phil was busy wrapping up the legislative session, he had the opportunity to meet with Vermonters in Colchester and South Royalton.
Team Scott also got a jump start on Vermont Green Up Day, cleaning up Route 2 on Friday. Phil was able to take a quick lunch break between sessions to join in! Thanks to all who came out the help keep Vermont beautiful!
ICYMI: PHIL IN THE NEWS
Phil on his latest endorsements, and how he’ll work for his supporters
“The economy will be the priority. Wages for working families are not going up as fast as the state budget continues to grow. As governor, I will not propose, nor will I sign a state budget that grows more than the economy or the inflation-adjusted wages of the prior year.”(Source: WCAX: Full Story)
Phil: I’m running for you!
“I’m running for the families and businesses who are falling behind or barely just keeping up. For the vulnerable who are depending on us to be there for them. For the middle class who struggle to keep pace as Montpelier takes a bigger piece of their income every year.” (Source: VT Digger: Full Story)
Getting ready for Thunder Road
“The racing season is upon us, both the NASCAR season and the election season, as Lt. Governor Phil Scott who is running for Governor…celebrates the kick off for the racing season at Thunder Road.” (Source: Northfield News: Full Story)
ICYMI: THIS WEEK’S #GOODREADS
Times Argus: Vt. ranks 46th in college affordability
A new national study from the Institute for Research on Higher Education ranked Vermont 46th in the U.S. in the affordability of our higher education, when comparing college costs and family income. The author of the report cites a decline in our young population and a need to address our workforce challenges. Read the full article HERE and learn more about how Phil will work to build a strong economy to combat our workforce issues HERE.
Vermont Business: Personal income tax revenues down almost $17 million in April
Tim McQuiston provides context and analysis of the preliminary report on FY2016 revenues, which revealed tax revenues are down almost $17 million. As Phil said in a statement this week, this news “is extremely concerning. It reinforces the urgent need to break Vermont’s streak of unsustainable budgeting, spending, and growing tax burden.” Read the full article HERE and Phil’s full statement on the report HERE.
Thanks to everyone that came out to events and participated in meetings this week. Be sure to follow along with the campaign’s activities everyday – and share your thoughts – @PhilScott4VT and https://www.facebook.com/PhilScottforVermont/.