SAY WHAT?!
Shumlin & Smith Arrogantly Insult Intelligence of Vermonters

Montpelier, VT –  Governor Peter Shumlin and House Speaker Shap Smith are circling the state, expressing pride in the “accomplishments” of their recent legislative session.

Vermonters understand there is very little to cheer about from this legislative session.

In stark contrast, however, Governor Shumlin, Speaker Shap Smith and the Democrat political machine couldn’t be happier with the results.

Immediately following the conclusion of the legislative year, Speaker Smith said “we are making progress and our approach is working.” (Emphasis added.)

In an interview with The Burlington Free Press (Interview with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (Part 1) and (Part 2), May 19, 2015), Governor Shumlin boasts about this legislative session saying, “A lot got done to make the economy work and improve the quality of life.”  Regarding his success in accomplishing his agenda for the year he states that he and the Democrat majority in the legislature, “got almost everything accomplished.” (Emphasis added.)

Say what?!

Could they be more out of touch with everyday Vermonters?  

We don’t think so.

Their political spin would be comical, if it wasn’t so arrogant and condescending to the already overburdened Vermonters.  Vermonters are hurting.  We struggle to pay bills, provide for our families and meet the demands of a growing, increasingly outdated, 20th Century bureaucracy.

Here’s what really happened in their session:

  • They passed a budget that increases much faster than the growth in Vermonters’ paychecks.

  • They knowingly created another $70-million dollar deficit next year.

  • They failed to provide property tax relief.  

  • They insisted on $30 million of new and increased taxes.

  • They blocked, delayed or diluted every Republican proposal for economic development and growth in Vermont.

The Democrats have controlled all of state government for each of the last 5 years.  Over that time they have continued to insist Vermonters can carry ever rising costs in order to prop up outdated policies and programs that can’t even measure basic outcomes.

Instead of making real change, they doubled down on the tired, wasteful and ineffective tactics of the past.

But they think if they spin us, we’ll forget that life in Vermont costs too much, too many families are falling behind and our economic fundamentals continue to deteriorate.  There’s a word for that strategy: Dishonest.  

Consider that as of March 2015 Vermont’s workforce is the now the smallest since Governor Shumlin took office in 2011 and the Democrats took total control of state government. It’s down 11,300 working Vermonters (500 fewer than when the legislature convened in January 2015). There are also 3,550 fewer Vermonters employed since that time.

Add to that skyrocketing electricity costs being shouldered by Vermont homeowners and businesses, job losses in every corner of the state, a deepening crisis of affordability and a state whose business ranking slipped 2 more spots to 41st in a recent national poll (Vermont Ranks 41st on National Business Ranking, Vermontbiz.com, May 10, 2015) and it is puzzling why Governor Shumlin and the controlling Democrat majority would be taking a victory lap.

It’s clear we have to restore balance in Montpelier and the only place real change will be made is in the voting booth next November.

Join us in supporting leadership that listens.