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VDP Calls on Phil Scott to Completely Address Conflict of Interest

September 23, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

 

VDP Calls on Phil Scott to Completely Address Conflict of Interest

September 23, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  Today, Vermont Democratic Party Executive Director Conor Casey and Representative Willem Jewett called on Phil Scott to completely address his conflict of interest between his executive duties if elected governor and his personal finance interests tied up DuBois Construction tomorrow during his remarks.

 

If elected, Scott and his company could benefit from state program or budget allocations that Scott promotes as governor, receive preferential treatment during contract procurement processes, or receive advance notice of upcoming contracts.

 

Separating himself from the day-to-day business of DuBois Construction will not be enough.

 

Their request is below.

 

“Dear Lt. Gov. Scott,

 

It has been over a year since you announced that you would release a plan addressing the conflict of interest between your executive duties if elected and your ownership share in DuBois. Vermont voters are still waiting.

 

Today, we call on you to offer complete assurance to Vermont voters that there will be no conflict of interest if you are elected governor. Simply removing yourself from the day-to-day business of the company, as you’ve suggested before, will not go far enough. To prevent any conflict or perceived conflict, we call on you to take concrete steps that, at a minimum, address the following:

 

  • VT Dept of Human Resources personnel policy 11.5 that precludes any classified state employees from having “any personal interest in any business transactions within their area of influence in State Government.”

  • Executive Order 09-11 code of ethics which states “no Full-Time appointee shall be the owner of, or financially interest in directly or indirectly, in any private entity or private interest that is subject to the direct supervision of his or her department or agency.”

  • US Code of Federal Regulation (5 CFR 2634) that indicates that, “conflicted assets that are transferred into qualified blind trusts do not lose their taint and are still subject to conflict of interest restrictions until they are sold, because the government official who has contributed those assets to the trust still has sufficient knowledge of the assets to create possible conflicts with official duties.”

It is our belief that only a complete separation of your financial interests from DuBois Construction or a pledge that DuBois Construction will not receive state contracts while you are in office meets these requirements.

 

Vermonters deserve to know that their interests will always come first, not those of personal finances or business. You left them without an answer when they went to the polls in August and even now as early voting starts, they’re still waiting. Vermonters deserve to know.

 

Sincerely,

Conor Casey, VDP Executive Director

Rep Willem Jewett, Addison 2

 

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Phil Scott Ignores Women and Family Issues in Economic Plan

September 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

 

Phil Scott Ignores Women and Family Issues in Economic Plan

September 22, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  Today, Phil Scott will appear at the Vermont Commission on Women’s forum to discuss an issue that has been strangely absent from his campaign: women’s economic issues. In his entire 15,000 word economic plan, Phil Scott only mentioned Vermont women twice - once in reference to his daughters and to pregnant women suffering from addiction. Women make up 51% of Vermont’s population, 45% of its full-time workforce, and 71% of its year-round, part-time workforce. Yet Phil Scott has repeatedly ignored their interests.

 

“Ensuring women thrive in Vermont’s economy is vital to the future of our state, and yet Phil Scott has repeatedly ignored women in his platform and in his record” said Christina Amestoy, VDP spokesperson. “Scott has failed to talk about paid family leave, equal wages, or child care in his economic plan or champion these issues while in office.”

 

“Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Don Turner has been happy to speak up, offering policies pulled straight from the national Republican playbook. His suggestions include cutting support for childcare, opioid treatment, and even the Vermont Commission on Women.”

 

“These are not just women’s issues, these are economic issues. If Phil Scott can not even identify the issue enough to recognize them in a 39 page economic plan, how we can we expect him to solve them?”

 

 

Know the facts:

(Source: Change the Story: 2016 Status Report - Women, Work and Wages in Vermont)

  • Women make up 51% of Vermont’s population

  • 66% of adult women participate in the labor force with is 8% higher than the national average

  • Women make up 45% of Vermont’s full-time workforce and 71% of its part-time workforce

  • Of Vermont working women, 75% work full-time while 25% work part-time

  • In ⅓ of Vermont families, women contribute at least 40% of the income

  • 43% of Vermont women working full-time do not make enough to cover basic living expenses (as defined by the JFO)

  • Across the US, women are nine times more likely than men to cite family care issues as the reason for working part-time rather than full-time

  • Across all age groups and all education levels, women working full-time are disproportionately employed in low-wage jobs

  • 57% of women are making less than $30,000 a year, while 57% of men are making more than that amount

 

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