Graded on Votes to Support Jobs, Minter Gets an F Phil Scott Gets an A

Middlesex, Vt. – Legislative report cards from 2007-2011 show Sue Minter received a grade of F and only voted for pro-jobs, pro-growth policies only 25% of the time, while Phil Scott earned an A.

“On numerous occasions, when Sue Minter had to choose between voting for job creation and working families, Minter voted against them,” said Scott campaign spokeswoman Brittney Wilson. “Minter voted against property tax relief; to shift more costs onto health insurance premiums; and raise $26 million in taxes while slashing workforce-training funds.”

Minter was also a sponsor of two new gas taxes, a mileage tax and an income tax increase on filers making more than $47,000 per year.”

Over the same period Phil Scott earned an A, voting to support small businesses and working families 91% of the time — among the strongest pro-growth records in the Senate.  The Vermont Chamber of Commerce published the report cards.

“Unlike his opponent, Phil fought to create jobs by supporting a Research and Development Tax Credit, supporting economic growth incentives, and voting against millions of dollars worth of tax increases that would have directly hurt small businesses and their employees,” Wilson said. “He supported Vermont workers by voting for investments in workforce development, voting to tie minimum wage increases to the cost of living, and voting for the 2010 Jobs Bill which increased funding for the Vermont Economic Development Authority and the Vermont Training Program.”

Wilson said the choice Vermonters have in this election is clear and based on the candidates’ records, not just their rhetoric. 

“Phil Scott has a plan – and a voting record – that demonstrates a clear commitment to growing the economy and making Vermont more affordable for families and businesses,” Wilson said.  “Sue Minter’s record is marked by higher property taxes, higher health insurance costs, and millions in higher income taxes—all while cutting workforce-training funds.  That’s not the record of someone who is committed to make Vermont more affordable for working families or job creators – it’s the record of someone whose votes help to create Vermont’s crisis of affordability.”