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NFIB endorses Gibbs, Scott

October 7, 2010

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Voice of Vermont’s Small Businesses Endorses Gibbs for Secretary of State NFIB will ‘Go with Gibbs’

MONTPELIER – Vermont’s chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today said it is endorsing Jason Gibbs for Secretary of State.

As Vermont’s largest organization and most influential voice of its entrepreneurs, the Vermont NFIB said it is going with Gibbs because of Jason’s innovative focus on making government more innovative, more efficient and a more valuable partner in the creation of economic activity is exactly what small businesses need to succeed.

“Small business is the economic engine of Vermont,” said Shawn Shouldice, state director for NFIB. “Jason will transform the Secretary of State’s office into a true partner of prosperity.”

It’s imperative that government recognizes the challenges facing Vermont’s businesses, Gibbs said. “Regulations, inefficient government systems and tax policies directly affect businesses and Vermonters’ quality of life. I am humbled by the endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business. I will be a public entrepreneur who understands that government is in the business of improving our economy and Vermonters’ way of life.”

Businesses are struggling to survive and the costs of doing business in Vermont will continue to increase unless we rethink, revitalize and reform state government, Gibbs said. “It is state government’s obligation to pay attention to the issues that will foster job creation and growth in Vermont.”

Gibbs is well known across Vermont. He served as a policy advisor, Press Secretary and Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs to Governor Jim Douglas for six years before taking on the top job of Commissioner of the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation.

At the helm of FPR, Gibbs streamlined operations, significantly increased productivity and successfully rejuvenated the long-term viability of the much-loved 52 state parks-all while also reducing the department’s taxpayer financed spending by nearly 30 percent through more innovative and entrepreneurial public management and stronger partnerships with the private sector.

“The Secretary of State is the guardian of the principles Vermonters hold dear: small, local, transparent, accountable and fiscally responsible government; personal independence and self-sufficiency; hard work and ingenuity; and the integrity of our democratic processes,” Gibbs said. “This is a campaign about applying these principles to transform state government and achieve real results that strengthen our economy, reduce our reliance on taxpayers and prove beyond any doubt government’s capacity to do more good with less money.”

October 7, 2010

Vermont Small Business Group Endorses Phil Scott for Lt. Governor

Montpelier, Vt. – The Vermont chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB/VT) has announced its endorsement of Phil Scott for Lt. Governor.

NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan national organization representing the interests of small businesses, which, by far, account for almost all of Vermont’s businesses. In its most recent statistical finding, the SBA reported that small businesses account for over 96 percent of Vermont’s private-sector employers.

“Senator Scott has a proven track record of reaching across the aisle to accomplish goals for small business,” NFIB advocate Shawn Shouldice said. “We believe he is the candidate who will work hardest to refuel Vermont’s economy. NFIB/VT represents over 1,800 businesses across the state. They overwhelmingly support Senator Phil Scott in his race to become Vermont’s next Lt. Governor.”

“I’m most appreciative of NFIB’s support,” Scott said. “It is an honor to have the backing of so many small business owners. As a small business owner myself, I experience first-hand the struggles that employers face daily. I had to lay off six people this summer in the middle of the construction season – I don’t ever want to do that again. I’ve brought the perspective of a hard-working Vermonter to every issue I have faced during my ten years as a state senator. No question, Vermont is a small business state, and I am committed to making Vermont an easier place to make a living.”

This week’s statement of support from NFIB is the latest in a series of business-group endorsements Scott has received throughout his campaign for Lt. Governor. He has been endorsed by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Associated General Contractors of Vermont (AGC), the Vermont Independent Electrical Contractors Association, and the Vermont Vehicle and Automotive Distributors Association.

“As Lt. Governor, I will work to assist small business owners by encouraging policies that I believe will help businesses maintain and create jobs, including reducing taxes and fees, streamlining the permitting process and investing in a highly skilled work force,” Scott said.

About Phil Scott

Phil Scott, a 5-term state Senator representing Washington County, is a Republican candidate for Lt. Governor.

He owns DuBois Construction in Middlesex, and is one of the founders of the Wheels for Warmth program, which accepts donations of used winter tires for resale, with proceeds benefiting heating fuel assistance efforts. Scott is also an avid sportsman and a well-known racecar driver on the American-Canadian Tour and at Barre’s Thunder Road.

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