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VDP Statement on this Weekend’s Horrific Tragedy

October 10, 2016

 

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What’s in Phil Scott’s Housing Plan? Tax Credits for the Construction Industry

October 7, 2016

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Clear Contrast Between Minter and Scott

October 6, 2016

 

 

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Even Before the First Question, Scott’s Made His National Republican Platform Clear

October 6, 2016

 

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Milne Campaign Acknowledges Violation of Federal Election Law

October 5, 2016

 

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Phil Scott’s Fiscal Irresponsibility Threatens Vulnerable Populations

October 5, 2016

 

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CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

 

ICYMI: Scott Fails to Do His Homework on Capital Gains

October 4, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  Phil Scott backtracked on his capital gains policy less than a month after releasing it. His campaign’s reason for the switch? Their complete failure to check the numbers before publishing.

 

"Phil Scott spent more time producing his glossy brochure than he did researching the policies that affect Vermont's working families,” said Christina Amestoy, VDP spokesperson. “Vermonters deserve a governor who takes tax policy seriously from the start, not just when he finds out his work is being checked."

 

The Scott campaign failure to check their own work leaves Vermonters wondering what else hasn’t been adequately researched. Phil Scott’s policy switch opens up even more questions about his capital gains policy:

 

  • Why wasn’t the original policy fact checked? A Scott campaign spokesperson stated that, “you can’t just institute a change like this overnight and not expect negative outcomes.” Why wasn’t this considered when the policy was first included in Scott’s economic plan?

  • If the Scott campaign didn’t adequately research their capital gains policy, was the rest of his 15,000 word economic plan vetted?

  • Where did the Scott campaign take the outdated recommendation from? Speaker Paul Ryan’s House Republican Blue Print?

  • How much would Phil Scott’s new capital gains policy cost Vermont in lost tax revenue?

  • Can Phil Scott point to economic benefits stemming from the $27.5 million lost under the current capital gains exclusion policy to rationalize his expansion of it?

  • Why was this policy change not publicly announced?

  • Was Phil Scott unaware of the changes to the tax code that were passed during his time in office?

 

Like with the rest of his vague “plans,” Phil Scott’s new capital gains position brings up more questions than it answers.

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www.vtdemocrats.org; P.O. Box 1220 Montpelier, VT 05602; (802) 229-1783

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

 

ICYMI: Scott Fails to Do His Homework on Capital Gains

October 4, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  Phil Scott backtracked on his capital gains policy less than a month after releasing it. His campaign’s reason for the switch? Their complete failure to check the numbers before publishing.

 

"Phil Scott spent more time producing his glossy brochure than he did researching the policies that affect Vermont's working families,” said Christina Amestoy, VDP spokesperson. “Vermonters deserve a governor who takes tax policy seriously from the start, not just when he finds out his work is being checked."

 

The Scott campaign failure to check their own work leaves Vermonters wondering what else hasn’t been adequately researched. Phil Scott’s policy switch opens up even more questions about his capital gains policy:

 

  • Why wasn’t the original policy fact checked? A Scott campaign spokesperson stated that, “you can’t just institute a change like this overnight and not expect negative outcomes.” Why wasn’t this considered when the policy was first included in Scott’s economic plan?

  • If the Scott campaign didn’t adequately research their capital gains policy, was the rest of his 15,000 word economic plan vetted?

  • Where did the Scott campaign take the outdated recommendation from? Speaker Paul Ryan’s House Republican Blue Print?

  • How much would Phil Scott’s new capital gains policy cost Vermont in lost tax revenue?

  • Can Phil Scott point to economic benefits stemming from the $27.5 million lost under the current capital gains exclusion policy to rationalize his expansion of it?

  • Why was this policy change not publicly announced?

  • Was Phil Scott unaware of the changes to the tax code that were passed during his time in office?

 

Like with the rest of his vague “plans,” Phil Scott’s new capital gains position brings up more questions than it answers.

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www.vtdemocrats.org; P.O. Box 1220 Montpelier, VT 05602; (802) 229-1783

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

 

36 Days Left In the Election Cycle, No Specifics from Scott

October 3, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  With less than 40 days left in the election season and more than a year behind him, Phil Scott still hasn’t filled in the blanks he’s delivered on the campaign trail. Again and again, Scott’s “plans” have turned out to be empty offers and unanswered questions.

 

“Phil Scott has been in office for over 15 years - by now, he should have clear policy proposals for how to keep Vermont moving forward,” said Christina Amestoy, VDP spokesperson. “Instead his policies have been vague campaign slogans straight from a national Republican campaign. Even the few specific stats he could offer on capital gains, he immediately retracted because his campaign failed to research the numbers.”

 

In order to cut the budget, I will axe (#PhilintheBlank) programs that supports middle class Vermonters.

 

I will expand tax credits to corporations and the wealthy because I think it will stimulate economic growth.  It will cost the state (#PhilintheBlank) and be paid for by (#PhilintheBlank).

 

I will throw out Vermont Health connect and join (#PhilintheBlank).  It will cost Vermonters (#Philintheblank) and will kick (#PhilintheBlank) Vermonters off of their insurance.

 

“Leadership is understanding the issues and having already done your homework, not asking the state to press pause until you feel comfortable. Leadership is having a vision backed up by policy, not vague platitudes. Leadership is wanting to govern from day one, not hoping your advisors will fill in your policy gaps. Vermonters deserve a leader and Phil Scott needs to answer for his poor excuses for policy proposals.”

 

Phil Scott’s already had over a year to #PhilintheBlanks. Vermonters deserve better.

 

 



#PhilintheBlanks Word Box

Childcare Subsidies                                            

Ten of millions of dollars                                             

Vermont Commission on Women                     

19,000 Vermonters                                              

Middle-class Vermonters

Financial Aid

Affordable Housing Programs

$5 million annually

 

 

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www.vtdemocrats.org; P.O. Box 1220 Montpelier, VT 05602; (802) 229-1783

 

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CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

 

For Scott, Higher Education Isn’t Worth the Investment

September 30, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  On Wednesday evening Phil Scott took part in a gubernatorial debate hosted by VTDigger and Castleton University. Even as he participated in a debate hosted by one of our state colleges and moderated in part by Vermont college students, Phil Scott made one thing clear - investing in affordable higher education for Vermont students isn’t worth the cost.

 

Scott declined to offer up a plan to support Vermont students, instead telling them that nothing is free and the audience, “you’re going to pay.” (VTDigger, 9/29/16)

 

“Phil Scott has made it clear – he doesn’t believe that we should invest in our next generation,” said Christina Amestoy, VDP spokesperson. “Ensuring that our students are prepared for high paying, high skilled jobs is necessary to build a strong economy and keep young people in Vermont. Time and time again, Scott has been unable to point to a plan that helps our kids receive the education and training they need for livable wage jobs and helps our businesses find the skilled workers they need to grow in state. All he can do is recite national Republican economic ideas, not the solutions that Vermonters need.”

 

“Scott promises to attract new employers, yet refuses to invest in the education of our future workforce. He says he wants to increases wages, but he won’t help Vermonters get the training they need for high-paying jobs. He says he wants to retain Vermont students, but won’t give them a reason to stay.”

 

“How can Scott promise a stronger economy when he won’t invest in Vermont’s future workforce?”

 

Know the facts:

  • By 2020, over 66% of jobs in Vermont will require a college education. This percentage in only expected to increase

  • Vermont is the send in the nation in high school graduation rates at nearly 90%, but comes in near the bottom when it comes to those pursuing a higher degree

  • In Vermont, 40% of high school graduates do not pursue higher education

  • On average, someone with an associates degree with make $12,000 more per year than a high school graduate

  • On average, someone with a bachelor’s degree with make $32,000 more per year than a high school graduate

  • Average lifetime earnings for a BA holder are about $625,000 or 114% greater than those without

  • The incidence of poverty is 3.5 times lower among holders of a BA

  • The probability of being employed in 24% higher for those with a BA

 

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www.vtdemocrats.org; P.O. Box 1220 Montpelier, VT 05602; (802) 229-1783

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director

camestoy@vtdemocrats.org

 

127 Days: Milne Still Has No Position on Trump

September 30, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  After 127 days of his substance-free campaign, Mr. Milne may be the last person on earth who hasn’t figured out his position on Donald Trump’s fitness for the office of President of the United States.  As recently as yesterday, during his appearance on Republican radio host Mike Smith’s show, Mr. Milne refused to say whether he will support Mr. Trump for President.

 

Mr. Milne’s indecision comes as USA TODAY broke its 34-year-old policy of not weighing in on presidential campaigns and declaring Trump “unfit for the presidency.”

 

If Mr. Milne isn’t ready to announce his position on Mr. Trump’s candidacy, perhaps he’d be willing to depart from his substance free campaign to offer his opinions on the eight points the editorial board of the USA TODAY cited in their opposition to Trump.

 

Trump is erratic:  Do you believe Mr. Trump has the temperament to lead our country?  The USA TODAY editors noted he has shifted his position on 20 major issues.  Would you be willing to give your position on ANY 20 issues?            

 

Trump is ill-equipped to be commander in chief:  Do you believe Mr. Trump is fit to lead our military given the sheer number of former military leaders of both parties who oppose him?

 

Trump traffics in prejudice:  Do you support Mr. Trump’s views on “Mexicans, Muslims and migrants” as noted by the USA TODAY editors?

 

Trump’s business career is checkered: Do you believe Mr. Trump's business experience qualifies him for the presidency?  What are your views on practices of Mr. Trump that includes discrimination in housing rentals, six bankruptcies and misuse of his family’s charitable foundation?

 

Trump isn’t leveling with the American people:  Do you support Mr. Trump’s position that he cannot release his tax returns because they are being audited?  If Mr. Trump has not paid his taxes, as suggested, do you think that makes him "smart" and a good businessman?

 

Trump is reckless: Do you support Mr. Trump’s call to have Russian hackers interfere with American elections?  How do you respond to his statement that “Second Amendment People” can make sure the Democratic nominee doesn’t appoint liberal justices to the Supreme Court?

 

Trump has coarsened the national dialog:  Mr. Trump has attacked women, a Gold Star Family, a disabled reporter, immigrants and so many others.  Have you used your position as a US Senate candidate to condemn these attacks?  When will you?

 

Trump is a serial liar:  Do you believe it is an acceptable campaign strategy to use the Big Lie technique of “repeating it so often that people begin to believe it?”

 

After 127 days as a candidate, it is time for Mr. Milne to come clean about where he stands on Mr. Trump, and where he agrees or disagrees with Mr. Trump.

 

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