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July 16, 2013, 2:53 p.m.

LG Bri­an Du­bie (R) “offered good and bad news about the state’s status and fu­ture” 5/25 at the VT Ti­ger Sym­posi­um. Du­bie’s “been cri­ti­cized” by Sec/State Deb Markow­itz (D) “for fo­cus­ing too much on the state’s short­com­ings. He de­fen­ded his as­sess­ment, say­ing ‘part of my job … is to be as truth­ful as pos­sible.’”

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Du­bie said VT “is a healthy and safe place, and ‘when I travel across the state and talk to Ver­mont em­ploy­ers, I uni­ver­sally hear ac­col­ades for the Ver­mont work­er.’” He ad­ded that VT “ranks 47th for busi­ness friend­li­ness and has a repu­ta­tion as a state with a high tax bur­den.”

Du­bie: “Please don’t shoot the mes­sen­ger. We need to fig­ure how to do something in less than 10 years.”

Du­bie “nev­er overtly men­tioned his can­did­acy dur­ing his speech, but asked the crowd for ideas be­cause he said he’s build­ing an agenda” that “will in­clude con­tin­ued ef­forts to re­store a cap­it­al gain ex­emp­tion” and “great­er use” of “‘gen­er­al per­mits.’”

Du­bie: “Oh by the way, we are go­ing to have to trans­form state gov­ern­ment. We don’t have the re­sources to main­tain the status quo.”

More Du­bie: “I think people are wak­ing up. I think people know what it at stake in this elec­tion” (Rem­sen, Bur­l­ing­ton Free Press, 5/26).

Don’t Even Look At It

Du­bie mgr Corry Bliss “said the cam­paign had post­poned a sched­uled fun­drais­ing break­fast to avoid ques­tions about ad­her­ence” to the law that does not al­low law­makers to fun­draise from lob­by­ists “dur­ing le­gis­lat­ive ses­sions.” The le­gis­lature “wrapped up its main busi­ness” 5/12, “but de­cided to set” 6/9 “as the date mem­bers could re­turn to Mont­pe­li­er to re­spond” if Gov. Jim Douglas (R) “ve­toed any bills, something he hasn’t done this year but still could.”

Bliss: “We want to up­hold both the spir­it and the let­ter of the law. … We could not be hap­pi­er with how our fun­drais­ing is go­ing. I don’t think it has any im­pact on the cam­paign.”

State Sen. Susan Bart­lett (D) mgr John Bauer: “The Le­gis­lature is still in ses­sion, so we can­not leg­ally so­li­cit from lob­by­ists and the people who em­ploy lob­by­ists. Those are the rules of the game. We have no in­terest in dan­cing around the edges; we want to stick with what the rules are” (Gram, AP, 5/26).

Du­bie, Bart­lett, Markow­itz, ex-state Sen. Matt Dunne (D), state Sen­ate Pres. Peter Shum­lin (D), state Sen. Doug Ra­cine (D) and Ra­dio Free Ver­mont CEO Den­nis Steele (I) “are ex­pec­ted to par­ti­cip­ate” in a de­bate about busi­ness in in South Bur­l­ing­ton 5/27 (AP, 5/27).

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