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July 8, 2013, 4:31 p.m.

‘02 nom­in­ee/state Sen./ex-LG Doug Ra­cine (D) “picked up an­oth­er en­dorse­ment” 6/15 from the VT State Em­ploy­ees Assn. VSEA Pres. Bob Hoop­er: “He cares about work­ing Ver­monters.”

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Ra­cine “basked in his third en­dorse­ment in the past two weeks by large labor or­gan­iz­a­tions.” He “pre­vi­ously won the back­ing” of the VT NEA and the AFL-CIO co­ali­tion of labor groups. Ra­cine: “What this means to me is I’ve es­tab­lished a good re­la­tion­ship with the state work­ers.” He “said he would have re­duced the size of the state work­force dur­ing the re­ces­sion, but he would have in­cluded state work­ers in the dis­cus­sion of where to make the cuts and would not have cut po­s­i­tions fun­ded al­most en­tirely with fed­er­al money.”

“Like oth­er uni­on en­dorse­ments in past elec­tions, the VSEA’s has not ne­ces­sar­ily spelled vic­tory for the can­did­ate.” The uni­on en­dorsed ‘08 can­did­ate An­thony Pol­lina (I), who fin­ished “well be­hind” Gov. Jim Douglas (R).

“Hoop­er said the uni­on placed more weight on the can­did­ates’ chances of win­ning in mak­ing this en­dorse­ment.” He said the en­dorse­ment wouldn’t give him the votes of every state work­er, but “the uni­on or­gan­iz­a­tion would be knock­ing on doors on Ra­cine’s be­half.”

“Wheth­er such en­dorse­ments bring vic­tory, the can­did­ates cov­et them.” ‘02 LG nom­in­ee/state Sen­ate Pres. Pro Tem Peter Shum­lin (D) “hasn’t re­ceived any of the nods, des­pite his work with the uni­ons.” Mgr. Alex MacLean “ar­gued that was be­cause Shum­lin had to make tough de­cisions in a dif­fi­cult budget year that in­cluded sup­port­ing pay cuts to state work­ers and new re­stric­tions to the teach­ers’ re­tire­ment pack­age.” MacLean: “These are hard de­cisions to make but ne­ces­sary” (Hal­len­beck, Bur­l­ing­ton Free Press, 6/16).

Mak­ing Her Markow­itz

In her first 100 days as gov, Sec/State Deb Markow­itz (D) prom­ised “she would seek a change in law that would man­date stu­dents stay in high school un­til they gradu­ate or turn 18. She says she would try to take state gov­ern­ment’s bank­ing busi­ness away from banks that fail to provide a min­im­um level of lend­ing to Ver­mont busi­nesses. She also would es­tab­lish a new sav­ings pro­gram to help fu­ture en­tre­pren­eurs and in­vestors set aside star­tup dol­lars.”

Markow­itz offered these ideas 6/16 “in her newly re­leased Jump­startVT.” Markow­itz: “What you see in this plan are in­nov­at­ive ideas that are pretty prac­tic­al … The fast­est way to jump­start job growth is to help ex­ist­ing busi­nesses ex­pand and suc­ceed.” She noted busi­nesses across the state have com­plained about their dif­fi­culties se­cur­ing work­ing cap­it­al needed to grow. … Big banks re­ceived bil­lions in the Wall Street bail­out, while Main Street Ver­mont is still frozen by the cred­it mar­ket. As gov­ernor, I’m go­ing to be tough on lenders. We in­vest $4 bil­lion in banks. That gives us some lever­age” (Rem­sen, Bur­l­ing­ton Free Press, 6/17).

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