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Filling in Phil’s Blanks

September 15, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  As a candidate who has been in office for over 15 years and has now run for statewide office four times, Phil Scott knows that the Tunbridge Fair is a Vermont tradition. In fact, it’s a Vermont tradition that he has happily participated in three times. But this year, he changed his tune.

 

Citing concerns that the debate did not include the Liberty Union candidate on stage (a setup he had no qualms about in 2010, 2012, or 2014), Phil Scott chose to hold his own press conference rather than debate the issues with Democrat Sue Minter. So instead of voters having the chance to hear where Scott stands on important topics, an empty chair answered for him.

 

To help fill in some of the blanks left by that empty chair, here is how Phil Scott’s record would have responded to the topics discussed today:

 

Phil Scott’s record on standing up for middle-class, hard working Vermonters:

 

Phil Scott Said He Did Not Support Raising The Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour. “Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour created what little daylight there might be between the three Democrats running for governor during a morning forum Tuesday featuring Republican and Democratic candidates… The three Democrats were joined on stage at the American Legion by the two Republicans, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and businessman Bruce Lisman. About 200 people attended the early morning session. Both Republicans said they didn’t favor the increase, since it would put too much financial pressure on Vermont’s small businesses, which are already struggling and “just getting by.” [Times Argus, 6/29/16]

 

Scott Said Raising The Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour Would Be A “Mistake.” “Scott, on the other hand, said a $15 minimum wage would be a "mistake" because it would hurt employers. "Let me be clear: I think that everyone should make more money in Vermont," Scott said. "I think that's the end goal. How we get there gets kind of messy." [VermontBiz.com, 7/7/16]

 

Scott Argued that Increasing the Minimum Wage “Just Ratchets Up the Cost of Living.” According to the Sun Community News, “Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, also a Republican candidate for governor, has operated a construction business for more than three decades. Scott, speaking at the Irasburg debate, said raising the minimum wage forces businesses to raise wages at all levels of the organization. ‘If there’s a $15 minimum wage, then my (current) $15-an-hour folks are going to want $18, and my $18-an-hour folks are going to want $21, and my $21-an-hour folks are going to want $24. That just ratchets up the cost of living. Who’s going to pay for that? You are,’ he said. […] Scott said the Legislature tied wages to the cost of living index years ago, and did so with a promise that it would fix the issue. ‘Well ten years later, we are having this conversation again,’ he said.” [Sun Community News, 6/19/16]

 

Phil Scott Voted Against a 25 Cent Minimum Wage Increase. In 2007, Phil Scott voted against a minimum wage increase that would have given hardworking Vermonters a $0.25 increase. Phil Scott was just one of four senators to vote against the increase. [S.27, 2007]

 

Scott Opposed Raising The Minimum Wage To $15/Hour. “The candidates also split on the question of mandating a minimum wage of $15 an hour, with Lisman arguing in favor of an expansion of the earned income tax credit instead, and Scott saying businesses do not need another mandate.” [Rutland Herald, 2/17/16]

 

October 2014 Debate: Scott Answered “No” When Asked if Businesses Should Have to Offer Paid Sick Days to Employees. Scott was the only candidate to oppose required paid sick days for employees in the October debate. [VT Digger, 10/14/14]

 

February 2014 Chamber of Commerce Event: Scott Opposed Legislation Requiring Paid Sick Leave Calling it Counterproductive for Good Businesses. Scott told the audience that paid sick leave is just “one more thing that gets in the way of us being able to do what we do best, and do what we do best for our employees.” [Brattleboro Reformer, 2/10/14; VTDigger.org, 2/4/14]

 

December 2015: Scott Said “Paid Sick Leave is Something That I Think Would Fall Into That Category Of ‘We Don't Need That Right Now.’” Following his campaign announcement, Scott told WPTZ reporter that paid sick days aren’t necessary for Vermont workers.  [WPTZ, 12/3/15]

 

Phil Scott’s plan for helping Vermonters afford higher education:

 

Scott Opposed Offering Free College Tuition To Vermont Students. “Both candidates rejected the idea of offering free college tuition to Vermont students. All three major Democratic candidates have proposed free tuition to varying degrees. “There’s nothing free in this world. Somebody has to pay for it somewhere, and we can’t afford that right now,” Scott said, before suggesting a bonding program that would help students borrow money for college at better rates.” [Rutland Herald, 8/3/16]

 

Phil Scott’s plan to help Vermont adapt to climate change:

 

Scott Said He Favored A Moratorium On Wind Turbines. “Scott: He spoke of biking in the Northeast Kingdom and being "taken aback by the size" of the wind turbines. He has favored a moratorium on development to allow the state to "step back and see if this makes sense. We need to get data and make sure this is right for Vermont.” [Burlington Free Press, 9/13/14]

 

When Asked if Climate Change is Man Made, Scott Said “Whether It’s Man Made or Not is Almost Immaterial.” During a June 2016 radio interview, host Mike Smith asked, “Lieutenant Governor, let’s get right to it. I’ve got a whole host of questions. Do you believe in climate change and you believe it’s man made?” Scott answered, “I believe that the science is real, that the climate is changing, whether it’s man made or not is almost immaterial.” [WDEV, 6/2/16]

 

Scott Claims Climate Change Could be Caused by “Many Different Reasons.” During a gubernatorial forum on climate change in July 2016, Phil Scott was the only candidate on the stage not to immediately agree that climate change is being caused by human actions. Instead he responded, “it could be from many different reasons.” [VT PBS, 7/19/16]

 

Scott Says that Climate Change is Caused by a “Combination” of Factors

When asked where or not he believed that climate change was man made during his “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit, Scott responded that it was a “combination of man-made contributions as well as a natural phenomenon.” [AMA, Reddit, 07/07/16]

 

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Phil Scott’s Economic Plan Fails Middle-Class Vermonters

September 15, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  Today, Phil Scott, unwilling to defend his Republican agenda, ducked the historic Tunbridge debate with Sue Minter. Instead, Phil Scott held a press conference to unveil his economic plan - a long list of national Republican platitudes that fails to deliver for Vermont’s working families.

 

“Today, Phil Scott completely ignored the vital policies that will truly support our middle class and strengthen Vermont’s economy,” said Christina Amestoy, VDP spokesperson. “In his entire 15,000 word brochure, Scott failed to mention a minimum wage increase, paid sick leave, paid family leave, plans to address climate change, support our clean energy and agricultural industries, or revitalizing our downtowns. Phil Scott’s plan would fit well with the national Republican platform but it ignores the key issues facing Vermonters.”

 

“In order for Vermont to continue to move forward, we need a governor who supports the policies that will lift up our Vermont families, help our economy adapt to a changing environment, and let our downtowns and villages thrive again. Phil Scott has repeatedly opposed these policies throughout his career and, today, made clear that he wouldn’t fight for them if elected.”

 

Leaders in Vermont’s businesses community also expressed the importance of the policies so absent in Phil Scott’s plan to promote economic growth:

 

“Ensuring that workers have both a decent wage and the ability to care for their loved ones following a birth or during an illness is simply the right thing to do for Vermonters, their families and our businesses, especially when considering the bottom line,” said Nicole Grenier owner of Stowe Street Cafe in Waterbury. “We have much to learn from other states here in the US and other countries who have already recognized the need for and the benefits of researching and implementing such policies. The time is long overdue for us to do what is right for Vermonters.”



Phil Scott has made his position clear. To him, fighting for hardworking Vermonters so they can make ends meet isn’t a priority.

 

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This Just In: Phil Scott’s No Scientist

August 24, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  After repeatedly refusing to admit that the majority of climate change is man-made, Phil Scott suddenly had a convenient change of heart during the first general election debate on Monday night.

 

What led to this drastic change? As Seven Days reports, it was a good old fashion evolution of course.

 

"Everything I've read since [the forum] has shown me that scientists believe it is man-made, and I believe in science," he clarified to Seven Days Monday afternoon. "So, you know, I evolve, as well. I am not a scientist — and I've never pretended to be." [Seven Day, 08/24/16]

 

Now I’m no scientist either, but here is what I understand from that quote:

  1. Phil Scott has never read a single study or article quoting a study on climate change before this July, even during his 15 years in public office

  2. Phil Scott believes that you need to be a scientist to digest and retain scientific information - a bachelor's of science degree just doesn’t make the cut

  3. Phil Scott believes in science - but only during a general election, never during a primary

 

So what’s my hypothesis based on what I’ve observed?

 

Phil Scott’s campaign is defined by only vague platitudes and positions pulled straight from the national GOP handbook.  

 

Scott chose to ignore decades of scientific facts to win over the support and funding of the national Republican Party. Now he is trying to crawl his way back to the center to try  and match Vermont values.

 

At least it sounds like he believes in evolution...for now.

 

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Phil Scott Flip Flops on Climate Change in First Debate

August 23, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  Last night, Phil Scott attempted to walk back his multiple previous statements that climate change is not driven by human actions.

 

“This was a shameless attempt to pivot back to the center to realign with Vermont values,” said VDP spokesperson, Christina Amestoy. “Again and again, Phil Scott has refused to state unequivocally that a majority of climate change is man made. Changing his tune in one debate will not erase that record.”

 

“In order to find a solution, you need a proper diagnosis. Scott’s refusal to accept the facts to try and win over a wing of his party is unacceptable and threatens the progress on environmental protection that has been made.”

 

“Between his lack of specifics and his unwillingness to take a stance on clear cut issues like climate change, it's impossible to know what he will fight for as governor.”

 

Check the facts:

 

When Asked if Climate Change is Man Made, Scott Said “Whether It’s Man Made or Not is Almost Immaterial.” During a June 2016 radio interview, host Mike Smith asked, “Lieutenant Governor, let’s get right to it. I’ve got a whole host of questions. Do you believe in climate change and you believe it’s man made?” Scott answered, “I believe that the science is real, that the climate is changing, whether it’s man made or not is almost immaterial.” [WDEV, 6/2/16]

 

Scott Claims Climate Change Could be Caused by “Many Different Reasons.” During a gubernatorial forum on climate change in July 2016, Phil Scott was the only candidate on the stage not to immediately agree that climate change is being caused by human actions. Instead he responded, “it could be from many different reasons.” [VT PBS, 7/19/16]

 

Scott Says that Climate Change is Caused by a “Combination” of Factors

When asked where or not he believed that climate change was man made during his “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit, Scott responded that it was a “combination of man-made contributions as well as a natural phenomenon.” [AMA, Reddit, 07/07/16]

 

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Few Specifics Paired with National GOP Talking Points Expected from Phil Scott Tonight

August 22, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  Tonight will be the first debate between Democratic gubernatorial nominee Sue Minter and her Republican counterpart, Phil Scott. While we would hope that it would be a detailed debate about the issues on both sides, it doesn’t seem likely.  

 

“Despite being in office for over 15 years and actively campaigning for governor for over eight months, Phil Scott is still unwilling to provide voters with any plans,” said VDP spokesperson, Christina Amestoy. “Instead of proposing detailed solutions to the challenges Vermonters are facing, Scott has stuck with vague platitudes and talking points pulled straight from the national Republican Party’s platform.”

 

“Tonight will just be more of the same. Scott will claim to stand up for working Vermonters while at the same time refusing to support a minimum wage increase or paid sick leave. He’ll promise to defend the environment but won’t admit climate-change is man made. He’ll say he stands with our LGBTQ community while ignoring the fact that he ran away from them in the dark days after Orlando.”

 

“Vermonters deserve a candidate who can offer specific solutions that reflect Vermont values rather than simply recycle the same talking points we’ve heard from national Republican leaders like Senator Marco Rubio on the environment, Speaker Paul Ryan on families in need, and Senator Mitch McConnell on the LGBTQ community.”

 

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VDP Statement on Phil Scott as the VTGOP Nominee

August 9, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  Tonight, Phil Scott became the official Republican gubernatorial nominee. Vermonters now face a choice between a Democratic candidate with a clear forward-thinking agenda or a rudderless Republican who has failed to offer defined positions beyond those of national Republicans.

 

“On issue after issue Phil Scott has failed to stand with Vermont families, instead falling in line with the Republican national platform,” said VDP spokesperson Christina Amestoy. “Whether its opposing paid sick leave for Vermont families, being against a much-needed raise to the minimum wage for Vermont’s workers, or not believing human actions are causing climate change, Scott has chosen to represent a national Republican platform, not Vermont values.”

 

“This fall we will be focused on supporting our Democratic ticket and ensuring Vermont continues to move forward. We are confident Vermonters will reject Phil Scott and the out-of-touch Republican agenda he represents.”

 

Check the facts:

 

December 2015: Scott Said “Paid Sick Leave is Something That I Think Would Fall Into That Category Of ‘We Don't Need That Right Now.’” In December 2015 WPTZ reported on Scott’s campaign announcement and asked him about several issues. “Reporter: by Vermont standards it was lavish, but Scott shrugs off any criticism that he's opposed raising the minimum wage, and a bill to guarantee paid sick leave to working Vermonters. Scott: Paid sick leave is something that I think would fall into that category of ‘We don't need that right now.’ That would further burden many small businesses at this point.” [WPTZ, 12/3/15]

 

Scott Opposed Paid Sick Leave Legislation. According to the Valley News, “The state Senate on Wednesday approved a new mandate requiring all businesses in Vermont to offer sick leave benefits to employees. The legislation will now go back to the House, where lawmakers may concur or amend the Senate version. Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he would sign paid sick leave legislation. […] Senate President and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott was less than enthusiastic about the details of the bill, which he said ‘is not perfect’ and could hurt small companies. ‘I would have preferred to see the additional exemptions for small businesses offered by amendment today in the Senate,’ Scott said. ‘The timing of this legislation is unfortunate for Vermont’s small businesses who are struggling in light of the numerous mandates the Legislature has imposed on our businesses over the last few years, one example being mandating enrollment in Vermont Health Connect despite the fact that Vermont is the only state in the nation which enacted this for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. These types of mandates further Vermont’s reputation as being unfriendly to the challenges of building a small business.’” [Valley News, 2/5/16]

 

At a June 2016 Debate, Scott Said an Increased Minimum Wage Would Be a Mistake. According to VTDigger, “At a gubernatorial debate here Tuesday morning, Republican Phil Scott declared that the economy ‘should be the issue of this campaign.’ […] They pitched some specific ideas for southern Vermont in light of a recent report on the area’s economic problems. And they jousted on statewide issues including taxes and raising the minimum wage, a topic that came up repeatedly throughout the forum sponsored by the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce. […] Scott, on the other hand, said a $15 minimum wage would be a mistake because it would hurt employers. ‘Let me be clear: I think that everyone should make more money in Vermont,’ Scott said. ‘I think that’s the end goal. How we get there gets kind of messy.’” [VTDigger, 6/28/16]

 

Scott Argued that Increasing the Minimum Wage “Just Ratchets Up the Cost of Living.” According to the Sun Community News, “Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, also a Republican candidate for governor, has operated a construction business for more than three decades. Scott, speaking at the Irasburg debate, said raising the minimum wage forces businesses to raise wages at all levels of the organization. ‘If there’s a $15 minimum wage, then my (current) $15-an-hour folks are going to want $18, and my $18-an-hour folks are going to want $21, and my $21-an-hour folks are going to want $24. That just ratchets up the cost of living. Who’s going to pay for that? You are,’ he said. […] Scott said the Legislature tied wages to the cost of living index years ago, and did so with a promise that it would fix the issue. ‘Well ten years later, we are having this conversation again,’ he said.” [Sun Community News, 6/19/16]

 

When Asked if Climate Change is Man Made, Scott Said “Whether It’s Man Made or Not is Almost Immaterial.” During a June 2016 radio interview, host Mike Smith asked, “Lieutenant Governor, let’s get right to it. I’ve got a whole host of questions. Do you believe in climate change and you believe it’s man made?” Scott answered, “I believe that the science is real, that the climate is changing, whether it’s man made or not is almost immaterial.” [WDEV, 6/2/16]

 

Scott Claims Climate Change Could be Caused by “Many Different Reasons.” During a gubernatorial forum on climate change in July 2016, Phil Scott was the only candidate on the stage not to immediately agree that climate change is being caused by human actions. Instead he responded, “it could be from many different reasons.” [VT PBS, 7/19/16]

 

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VDP Calls on Phil Scott to Release Blind Trust Details Before August 9th

August 5, 2016

 

Burlington, VT  The Vermont Democratic Party was pleased to hear Phil Scott provide more details to VTDigger on his plan to establish a “blind trust” and firewall between the governor’s office and DuBois Construction if elected. But it seems like he only believes the press is worthy of hearing the details about that plan.

 

Phil Scott told reporters on August 3rd that he will only release his plan after the August 9th primary. A primary in which he does have a challenger.

 

Today, the VDP called on him to release his plans to voters before they go to the polls.

 

“Voters deserve to know what a candidate plans to do before they head to the polls,” said VDP Executive Director, Conor Casey. “For Phil Scott to withhold this information from voters who are facing a decision on August 9th is disrespectful to Vermonters he is hoping to represent. If he is confident in his plan to combat the conflict of interest he would face if elected, he should be willing to share before his primary.”  

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VDP Launches “7 Questions, 7 Days”

August 5, 2016: Do Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman support religious freedom laws backed in the national GOP platform?

 

Burlington, VT

Morning 3, Question 3:

Both Bruce Lisman and Phil Scott have remained quiet on many issues facing the LGBTQ community. So quiet that neither recognized the Orlando attack as an attack on the LGTBQ community. The Vermont GOP is also is silent on LGBTQ rights, apparently deeming the issues as just more “boutique issues” that didn’t make the cut for the party’s platform. But both the national party and the GOP VP nominee have been outspoken on the issues.

 

Would Bruce Lisman or Phil Scott support legislation similar to the First Amendment Defense Act the GOP supports or the RFRA act initially signed into law by Gov Pence?

 

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VDP Launches “7 Questions, 7 Days”

August 4, 2016: Do Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman believe that climate change is man made?

 

Burlington, VT

Morning 2, Question 2:

Between natural disasters and changing weather patterns that affect our tourism industry, Vermont has seen the impacts of climate change. In order to successfully combat these effects, we need to recognize what the driving force behind climate change is, not ignore it.

 

Do Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman agree with over 90% of climate change experts that recent global warming is due to human impact?

 

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VDP Launches “7 Questions, 7 Days”

August 4, 2016: Will Phil Scott, Bruce Lisman, and VTGOP Speak Out Against Trump’s Attacks on the Khan Family?

 

Burlington, VT  With less than a week remaining in Vermont’s primary season there are still a lot of unanswered questions over Bruce Lisman’s and Phil Scott’s positions, and how the Vermont Republican Party will conduct itself throughout the campaign. So we are going to ask a question every morning until polls close. While we could easily come up with more than seven, this is a start.

 

Morning 1, Question 1:

Even as prominent Republicans like Senator John McCain finally agree that Trump has crossed the line with his attack on the Khan family, Vermont’s GOP gubernatorial candidates and the Vermont Republican Party remain silent.  

 

Following Donald Trump’s outrageous comments attacking this Gold Star Family, will Phil Scott, Bruce Lisman, and the Vermont Republican Party speak out?

 

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