For Immediate Release
Contact: David Sunderland, VT Republican Chair
Date: August 26, 2014

VERMONT REPUBLICANS STATEMENT ON 2014 PRIMARY
Unity Will Change the Course of Vermont

Montpelier, VT – We are proud that Vermont Republicans will be represented in November’s general election by Scott Milne for Governor and Phil Scott for Lt. Governor. Further, we remain confident that when the votes are counted, Shane McCormack will be our nominee for Attorney General.

With these decisions made and with the voice of Vermont Republicans clear, it is time to unite and support our candidates with one voice.

The challenges Vermonters are facing are very real and significant — and not limited to any person or issue.

Vermont’s stagnant economy is leaving too many Vermonters behind and there continues to be no remedy offered by Governor Shumlin or the unbalanced Democrat supermajority in the state legislature.

Vermont’s crisis of affordability is growing as state spending and taxes — especially property taxes — continue to rise and place enormous financial burdens on our working families, young people, seniors and small businesses.

The mere threat of a $2.5-billion tax hike to pay for government run, taxpayer funded, single payer healthcare is already impacting growth in our economy. The Shumlin administration’s dismal performance in managing and overseeing the launch of Vermont’s health care exchange website — Vermont Health Connect — has inspired no confidence among Vermonters, and many healthcare providers, about this administration’s ability to manage the state’s healthcare system.

Vermonters know that restoring balance to Montpelier is necessary to deliver real solutions for our state. They know that lopsided government isn’t working and isn’t providing the vital checks and balances that produce reasonable and fully vetted solutions to these very real problems.

Vermont Republicans will offer Vermonters new hope and a new vision for our state. By removing the obstacles to job creation, we can usher in a new era of growth and opportunity for all Vermonters. By fundamentally reforming our oppressive tax system, we can reduce the property tax burden and ease our crisis of affordability while providing expanded educational opportunities for our children. And by reforming our healthcare system in ways that lower costs, expand choices and drive continuous healthcare quality improvement, we can assure access for all Vermonters at a price they can afford.

With deeply entrenched and well funded incumbent Democrats fighting to maintain their lopsided one party rule in Montpelier, our challenge is great.

With unity, clarity and a strong vision for our state’s future, Vermont Republicans offer Vermonters a choice for a new direction — a more balanced, reasonable direction.

This is what Vermonters want and deserve.

It’s time for a change.

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