News Release — Minter for Vermont
In case you missed it, the Valley News endorsed Sue Minter yesterday.
“Although progress comes in fits and starts, government can indeed provide solutions over time. Sue Minter, a hands-on manager, is the candidate best equipped to help make that happen in Vermont.”
“He also supports growth near interstate exits, which would encourage the kind of sprawl that Vermont to its credit has actively avoided. “There’s a lot of pristine views in Vermont,’’ he said in a recent meeting with the Valley News editorial board. There are a lot of them indeed, in part because planning and public policy have made it so.”
ICYMI: Valley News: Minter for Governor
Nov 04, 2016
The attack ads targeting Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott have tried to distract voters from a core reality — that both are qualified to serve as Vermont’s next governor. But voters will not only be choosing a governor Nov. 8; they will be supporting a philosophy of government, expressing a vision for Vermont’s future. From that perspective, Sue Minter is the best choice.
Coming after the Shumlin administration, with large-sized ambitions and failures, too — the troubled launch of Vermont Health Connect, the failed single-payer push — both candidates offer a change of direction. Indeed, Lt. Gov. Scott’s strongest appeal may be that his low-key manner and modest policy proposals seem to offer a breathing period. There is also something to be said for having a governor from the other party acting as a check to the Democratic-dominated Legislature. But Minter offers change as well. While Shumlin is very much the politician, Minter is in her heart a professional planner who believes in the power of government to do good. She happens to have a powerful example to help make her case. As Tropical Storm Irene chief recovery officer, she was a leader of an exemplary effort to repair infrastructure and help Vermonters who suffered from the flood.
Minter’s proposals are not as splashy as the previous administration’s, but they are ambitious. They aim to address Vermont’s tepid economic growth with two years of tuition-free community college, along with a focus on job growth in advanced manufacturing, high-tech businesses and the green economy. She would concentrate infrastructure investments in downtown communities to spur growth — some of that from young entrepreneurs. She pledges not to raise income and sales taxes, a wise position given the general public mood, and will pay for initiatives by closing tax loopholes and through a bank franchise fee.
With an aging population base, Vermont needs more than a do-nothing approach to break out of its economic doldrums. Scott’s approach isn’t do-nothing, but it’s decidedly do-less. To make college more affordable, he would support low-interest loans and issue bonds, but he signaled the limitations of that in dealing with affordability: “We can’t change that overnight,’’ he said. He believes the state can promote growth by holding the line on taxes, speeding the permitting process for new development and using tax incentives to encourage businesses to invest. We doubt the first two will do much to spur the economy, though the third has some merit. He also supports growth near interstate exits, which would encourage the kind of sprawl that Vermont to its credit has actively avoided. “There’s a lot of pristine views in Vermont,’’ he said in a recent meeting with the Valley News editorial board. There are a lot of them indeed, in part because planning and public policy have made it so.
The candidates differ sharply on gun control. Scott sees no need for change in Vermont’s lax laws, while Minter supports criminal background checks for all gun sales and a ban on assault-style weapons. Her stance is backed by a majority of Vermonters, but gun supporters and the gun lobby have thwarted their wishes. Minter’s strong stand should be applauded.
In recent decades, Vermont, to its benefit, has resisted the right’s message that government is the problem. It is on the right track in pursuing progressive goals such as increased health care coverage, environmental protections, alternative energy development and a strong education system. Although progress comes in fits and starts, government can indeed provide solutions over time. Sue Minter, a hands-on manager, is the candidate best equipped to help make that happen in Vermont.