Phil and Team Scott continued to tour the state this week, meeting with Vermonters, checking out Vermont small businesses, and supporting our vets. A few highlights from the week are included below.
2016 VERMONT REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION
Phil addressed Republican leaders, legislators and supporters from around the state at this year’s Vermont Republican State Convention on Saturday, where he shared his vision for Vermont’s future.
We face many challenges created by the current administration, but Phil sees a bright future for the state. As Governor, Phil would work with legislators and all state agencies to reverse the growing crisis of affordability, revitalize our economy, and restore faith and trust in state government. As he said, Vermont can be one of the most diverse, vibrant and sustainable economies in the world – with the right leadership.
Phil commended his fellow Republican legislators on their work to stop numerous pieces of irresponsible legislation as the minority party. They didn’t have the numbers this session to pass much-needed pro-growth, pro-economy legislation, but together, we can change that for the next term.
Listen to Phil’s entire speech HERE to learn more about his plans to bring change to Montpelier, restore growth that expands the middle class and lifts wages, and prioritize investments in pro-growth economic policies.
RESTORING FAITH & TRUST
Vermonters are tired of disengaged leadership, and we can no longer afford it. We need a Governor who listens to the people. Phil is a leader who understands that transparency and accountability matter, and that Vermonters deserve to be given the full story on critical matters. A Phil Scott administration will reinstate these pillars of good government to restore faith and trust.
Watch and share the video below to learn more about how Phil will approach leadership to repair the damage and restore your faith and trust in government. Watch VIDEO
FIGHTING FOR VERMONTERS
Phil is a leader who demands accountability and has consistently challenged state leaders who look to circumvent rules, or take action that is not in the best interest of Vermonters.
When he and other Republican legislators heard reports that State agencies and departments are considering transferring Gov. Shumlin’s exempt appointees into full-time classified positions, they took action. Along with Sen. Joe Benning, and Rep. Don Turner, Phil demanded an immediate halt to the improper re-classification of exempt appointees.
THANK A VET MOTORCYCLE RIDE A HUGE SUCCESS
Phil and Team Scott offer a huge thank you to the hundreds of Vermonters who joined us from around the state in support of veterans’ charities for the Thank a Vet Motorcycle Ride in honor of Armed Services Day. Proceeds raised at the event benefitted the Josh Pallotta Fund, dedicated to helping veterans with PTSD, and the Friends of Veterans Organization, which helps veterans to avoid homelessness.
GREEN FLAG TOUR ROLLS ON
Team Scott made stops in Orange and Orleans and Franklin Counties this week as part of its 14-county Green Flag Tour. The team is helping register Vermonters to vote, and meeting with residents to learn more about their challenges and the issues that matter most to them.
In Orange County, Phil’s stops included Champlain Valley Equipment, and the Randolph Herald.
In Orleans County, Phil got the chance to tour Ethan Allen Furniture and Poulin Grain, talking with employees and owners about how he can build a stronger economy for businesses like them.
ICYMI: PHIL IN THE NEWS
Phil: Let’s get government working for Vermonters again
“Legislators in Montpelier just don’t get it. They just don’t connect the dots…The measure [to limit legislative sessions to 90 days] would be so valuable for so many reasons, one of which is to get regular people to run – the kind of people who sign the front of a check instead of the back.” (Source: Valley News: Full Story)
Honoring Graduates of the Vermont Police Academy
“I see Vermont’s police officers tackling massive challenges every single day. From our opiate crisis and the ripple effects of that, to train derailments, traffic safety, acts of violence that have rocked our entire state — you were there and you will be on the front lines.” (Source: Times Argus: Full Story)
ICYMI: THIS WEEK’S #GOODREADS
Burlington Free Press: Most Vermont towns losing population
UVM Economics Professor Art Woolf provides an in-depth look at our population losses and variation across counties. Professor Woolf points out that more than two-thirds of Vermont’s cities and towns have fewer residents today than they did in 2010, and even growth in Chittenden County has been, for the most part, negligible. Our population decline is a serious problem, decreasing our workforce and increasing the tax burden on those of us who remain. As Phil has said, we need to set a clear goal for population growth so we make Vermont more affordable for working families, and strengthen our economy to keep and attract more businesses. Read the full article HERE and learn more about how Phil will work to build a strong economy to combat our workforce and population issues 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/.