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).
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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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