YCQM: Jan. 7, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. >> Announcer: FROM WCAX, THIS IS
"YOU CAN QUOTE ME."
>> Darren: GOOD MORNING,
EVERYONE.
RIGHT NOW ON "YOU CAN QUOTE ME,"
STATE OF THE STATE.
WE OUTLINE THE GOVERNOR'S VISION
FOR VERMONT AND GET EXPERT
ANALYSIS ON HIS SPEECH.
AND WE START WITH HIGHLIGHTS
FROM GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT'S
ADDRESS.
>> Gov. Scott: HERE AT HOME, WE
MUST ADDRESS ECONOMIC AND
POPULATION TRENDS THAT DIMINISH
OUR ABILITY TO SUSTAIN WHAT WE
HAVE AND INVEST MORE IN OUR
PRIORITIES.
THE PATH FORWARD REQUIRES EACH
ONE OF US TO WORK TOGETHER,
PULLING IN THE SAME DIRECTION
TOWARD OUR SHARED GOALS, AND
WHEN WE DO, OUR PEOPLE, OUR
COMMUNITIES AND OUR VALUES WILL
CARRY US FORWARD BECAUSE THE
STATE OF THE STATE IS VERY
STRONG.
EARLY IN MY CAREER, WORKING
CONSTRUCTION, I LEARNED THAT
WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A HOLE
AND HAVE A PROBLEM, THE FIRST
THING YOU DO IS STOP DIGGING.
WHILE I'M PROUD TO REPORT THAT
LAST YEAR, WE STOPPED DIGGING.
WE PASSED A BUDGET THAT INVESTED
IN OUR PEOPLE AND ECONOMY
WITHOUT RAISING A SINGLE TAX OR
FEE.
AND I, ALONG WITH MY
ADMINISTRATION AND MEMBERS OF
THE LEGISLATURE, STAND READY TO
PREVENT TAXES AND FEES FROM
INCREASING AGAIN THIS YEAR.
[ APPLAUSE ]
AND JUST SO I'M CLEAR, THAT
INCLUDES STATEWIDE PROPERTY TAX
RATES.
AS YOUNGER GENERATIONS PLACE
MORE VALUE ON SOCIAL
RESPONSIBILITY, HEALTH AND
COMMUNITY, THESE IDEALS SHOULD
MAKE US THE TOP CHOICE FOR YOUNG
FAMILIES, BUT UNFORTUNATELY,
THAT ALONE HASN'T BEEN ENOUGH.
IN FACT, ACCORDING TO IRS DATA,
FROM 2013 TO 2016, 2,000 MORE
TAX FILERS MOVED OUT OF STATE
THAN MOVED IN.
THIS ALONE REPRESENTS
$150 MILLION IN ADJUSTED GROSS
INCOME LEAVING OUR STATE.
REVERSING THESE TRENDS SHOULD BE
THE TOP PRIORITY OF EVERY
ELECTED OFFICIAL REGARDLESS OF
PARTY OR POLITICAL BELIEFS.
A GOOD ANYWAYS TO START IS IN
RECRUIT -- PLACE TO START IS IN
RECRUITING FROM A POOL OF
TALENTED, COMMITTED WORKERS
ALREADY HERE IN OUR STATE, OUR
NATIONAL GUARD AND RETIRED
FULL-TIME SERVICE MEMBERS.
THE VERMONT NATIONAL GUARD HAS
NEARLY 3500 MEMBERS HERE IN THE
STATE, A THIRD OF WHOM AREN'T
VERMONTERS, SO WHEN THEY LEAVE
THE GUARD, THEY LEAVE VERMONT.
THAT'S WHY I'M PROPOSING A
PACKAGE TO LEVEL THE PLAYING
FIELD BY OFFERING TUITION-FREE
COLLEGE IN VERMONT FOR THOSE WHO
COMMIT TO SERVE IN OUR NATIONAL
GUARD, AND IF WE WANT TO COMPETE
WITH OTHER STATES, WE MUST MAKE
VERMONT MORE AFFORDABLE FOR
RETIRED VETERANS, WHICH IS --
[ APPLAUSE ]
AND HERE'S THE BEST PART.
[ LAUGHTER ]
WHICH IS WHY ALL PROPOSE TO
REMOVE THE INCOME TAX TO
MILITARY PENSIONS.
BUT WE ALSO MUST DO MORE TO
REACH WORKERS, SPECIFICALLY
YOUNGER WORKERS AND
ENTREPRENEURS WHO CURRENTLY LIVE
ELSEWHERE BUT WOULD LIKE TO LIVE
AND RAISE THEIR FAMILY IN THE
STATE THAT'S THE HEALTHIEST
STATE IN THE COUNTRY.
THAT'S WHY IN MY BUDGET ADDRESS,
I'LL PROPOSE A BOLD,
SOPHISTICATED CAMPAIGN TO
IDENTIFY AND PERSUADE WORKING
AGE INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND
ENTREPRENEURS, TO RELOCATE IN
VERMONT.
THAT'S WHY IN MY BUDGET, I WILL
PROPOSE FLEXIBLE WAYS TO SUPPORT
SMALL BUSINESSES AND OTHER PRO
GROWTH INITIATIVES AND
INVESTMENTS.
BUT WE MUST ENSURE THE IMPACT IS
FELT IN ALL CORNERS OF OUR
STATE.
FOR FAR TOO LONG, SUCCESS HAS
BEEN COUNTED IN BROAD TERMS, IN
STATISTICS THAT FAIL TO CONSIDER
GEOGRAPHY.
ACROSS OUR STATE, PROUD
COMMUNITIES AND THE PEOPLE WHO
CALL THEM HOME HAVE YET TO
BENEFIT FROM ECONOMIC RECOVERY.
UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S HARDER AND
HARDER FOR SOME COMMUNITIES TO
MAINTAIN THEIR UNIQUE IDENTITY
AS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES BECOME
MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND OUTSIDE
OF BURLINGTON, AND AS A RESULT,
FAR TOO MANY OF OUR NEIGHBORS
FIND THEMSELVES IN A PLACE THEY
CAN NO LONGER AFFORD.
THE TIME HAS COME TO MAKE THIS
SESSION THEIR SESSION.
NOW, I DON'T KNOW WHEN THE
PERIOD OF HYPER-PARTISANSHIP AND
ANGER WILL END, BUT I DO KNOW WE
CAN'T FIGHT HATE WITH HATE OR
ANGER WITH ANGER.
WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO
PULL OUR NATION OUT OF DARKNESS
AND RESTORE CIVILITY AND RESPECT
TO OUR PUBLIC PROCESS.
IF WE DO THESE THINGS, WE WILL
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES
OF VERMONTERS.
WE WILL LIVE UP TO THE PROMISE
OF OUR HISTORY, AND IN THE
DECADES TO COME, THE RECORD WILL
SHOW IN OUR NATION'S HOUR OF
NEED, VERMONTERS ONCE AGAIN LED
THE WAY.
THANK YOU.
[ APPLAUSE ]
>> Darren: AND UP NEXT, MORE ON
THE GOVERNOR'S PRIORITIES AND
WHAT THEY MEAN FOR YOU.
>> Darren: AND SCOTT FLEISHMAN
IS HERE TO PREVIEW WHAT THE TEAM
HAS COMING UP ON THE WEEKEND IN
JUST A FEW MINUTES.
>> Scott: THANKS VERY MUCH,
DARREN.
I'M SURE MANY OF US GREW UP
DREAMING ABOUT ONE DAY BEING AN
OLYMPIC ATHLETE, BUT THERE'S
ANOTHER WAY TO PARTICIPATE IN
THE GAMES WITHOUT HAVING TO
COMPETE.
I'M INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE MAN
WHO'S HEADING TO SOUTH KOREA TO
BE A JUDGE IN THE OLYMPIC
SNOWBOARDING EVENT.
AND WE'VE HAD A FEW VIEWERS ASK
US IF THESE TERRIBLE
TEMPERATURES HAVE WILL AN AFFECT
ON TICKS.
PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR ANYTHING
POSITIVE TO COME OUT OF THIS
TERRIBLE WEATHER.
WE'LL HEAR WHAT EXPERTS HAVE IS
TO.
DAVE WILL HAVE YOUR LATEST
FORECAST AND JACK RECAPS A BUSY
SATURDAY IN SPORTS.
>> Darren: THANK YOU, SCOTT.
GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT AGAIN HIT
HIS FAMILIAR THEME OF
AFFORDABILITY IN HIS STATE OF
THE STATE ADDRESS.
THE GOVERNOR SAYS HE HAS IDEAS
TO HELP REBUILD VERMONT'S
ECONOMIC FOUNDATION, BUT WHETHER
LAWMAKERS WILL GO ALONG IS STILL
A BIG QUESTION.
HERE'S KRISTIN KELLY.
>> Gov. Scott: STATE OF THE
STATE IS VERY STRONG.
[ APPLAUSE ]
>> Kristin: GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT
CALLED VERMONT STRONG, BUT SAYS
DATA REVEALS A, QUOTE, BLUNT
REALITY ABOUT THE WORK NEEDED TO
MAKE LIVING HERE MORE
AFFORDABLE.
HE TICKED OFF HIS FIRST YEAR
ACCOMPLISHMENTS LIKE FINDING
EFFICIENCIES IN STATE GOVERNMENT
AND HOLDING THE LINE ON RAISING
TAXES.
HE SAYS THAT CAN BE DONE THIS
YEAR, EVEN IN THE FACE OF A 45
TO $50 MILLION BUDGET HOLE.
>> Gov. Scott: AND I, ALONG WITH
MY ADMINISTRATION AND MEMBERS OF
THE LEGISLATURE, STAND READY TO
PREVENT TAXES AND FEES FROM
INCREASING AGAIN THIS YEAR.
[ APPLAUSE ]
AND JUST SO I'M CLEAR, THAT
INCLUDES STATEWIDE PROPERTY TAX
RATES.
[ APPLAUSE ]
>> Kristin: WE'RE FACING AN
$80 MILLION SHORTFALL IN THE END
FUND AND A POSSIBLE NINE CENT
HIKE IN THE PROPERTY TAX WITHOUT
CUTS.
THE GOVERNOR AGAIN PUSH TO
CONSOLIDATE K-12 EDUCATION.
>> Gov. Scott: TODAY, WE SPEND
$1.6 BILLION TO EDUCATE 76,000
STUDENTS.
>> Kristin: AND HE SAYS SOLVING
VERMONT'S MONEY WOES WILL BE
EASIER IF WE HAVE MORE WORKERS.
A BIGGER WORKFORCE GROWS THE TAX
BASE, BUT HE LISTED SOME
SOBERING STATS.
WE HAVE 23,000 PEOPLE THAN WE
DID IN THE YEAR 2000, BUT WE
HAVE THE SECOND OLDEST
POPULATION IN THE COUNTRY.
>> Gov. Scott: THIS HAS GOT TO
STOP.
IT'S SIMPLY UNSUSTAINABLE.
>> Kristin: HE PROPOSED
EXPANDING THE WORKFORCE BY
RECRUITING SKILLED WORKERS AND
FAMILIES TO MOVE HERE WITH A
DATABASED PROGRAM HE PROMISED TO
EXPLAIN LATER.
HE ALSO TOUTED INCENTIVES LIKE
NO INCOME TAX TO MILITARY
PENSIONS TO SEE MORE VERMONT
GUARD MEMBERS STAY AND WORK IN
VERMONT.
>> Gov. Scott: THAT'S WHY I'M
PROPOSING A PACKAGE TO LEVEL THE
PLAYING FIELD BY OFFERING
TUITION-FREE COLLEGE IN VERMONT
TO THOSE WHO COMMIT TO SERVE IN
OUR NATIONAL GUARD.
>> Kristin: HE ALSO URGED
LAWMAKERS TO SET AN EXAMPLE IN
THE FACE OF GROWING DIVISIONS
ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
>> Gov. Scott: I DON'T KNOW WHEN
THIS PERIOD OF
HYPER-PARTISANSHIP AND ANGER
WILL END, BUT I DO KNOW WE CAN'T
FIGHT HATE WITH HATE OR ANGER
WITH ANGER.
WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO
PULL OUR NATION OUT OF DARKNESS
AND RESTORE CIVILITY AND RESPECT
TO OUR PUBLIC PROCESS.
[ APPLAUSE ]
>> Darren: NOW, DEMOCRATIC
LEADERS SAY THE GOVERNOR'S
SPEECH FAILED TO DELIVER CLEAR
IDEAS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE HIS
GOALS, BUT THEY SAY THEY'RE
WILLING TO GIVE THE GOVERNOR'S
IDEA AND CHANCE AND HOPE TO
LEARN MORE IN HIS BUDGET ADDRESS
ON JANUARY 23rd.
HERE'S OUR POLITICAL REPORTER,
NEAL GOSWAMI.
>> I THINK OVERALL, IT WAS A
SPEECH THAT WAS VERY LIGHT ON
DETAILS.
I DON'T THINK WE'LL HEAR A
DIFFERENT OPINION OF IT THAN
THAT, THE SAME THEMES OF NO NEW
TAX OR NO NEW FEE.
>> Neal: GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT
DIDN'T STRAY FAR FROM THE
MESSAGE HE'S BEEN DELIVERING-INS
SIS CAMPAIGN FOR THE OFFICE.
HE'S CALLING FOR NEW SPENDING,
HOW MUCH, AND ELIMINATING SOME
REVENUE SOURCE.
S THAT HAS THE HOUSE SPEAKER
EAGER FOR MORE DETAILS.
>> THERE WERE A NUMBER OF
SPENDING INITIATIVES AND MY
APPROPRIATIONS BRAIN WAS TICKING
OFF DOLLAR AMOUNTS, SO I LOOK
FORWARD TO SEEING THE PLAN OF
HOW IT'S GOING TO BE SPENT.
>> Neal: ONE REVENUE SOURCE
SCOTT HOPES TO KNICKS, THE
INCOME TAX TO MILITARY PENSIONS.
IT'S PART OF THE GOVERNOR'S PLAN
TO BOOST THE VERMONT NATIONAL
GUARD AND ENCOURAGE MORE MEMBERS
TO STAY IN VERMONT.
>> I HAVEN'T SEEN NUMBERS ON
THAT PIECE YET, SO I'M NOT SURE.
AGAIN, THAT'S ONE OF THE
SPENDING PIECES I DON'T KNOW HOW
HE IS PLANNING ON PAYING FOR.
>> Neal: FOR ASHE, SCOTT'S
SPEECH RACED THE PARADOX.
THE GOVERNOR WANTS MORE TO
HOUSING, THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC AND
HELPING VULNERABLE VERMONTERS.
>> WE HEAR THEM SAY THEY NEED
MORE RESOURCES AND MORE NEEDS TO
BE DONE, AND THEN WE HEAR THE
LEADERS SAYING THEY CAN'T
PRODUCE MORE RESOURCES TO DO IT.
>> Neal: JOHNSON SAYS SHE'S NOT
COMMITTING TO SCOTT'S CALL FOR
NO TAX OR FEE INCREASES.
IT'S THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW
HE'S MADE THE DEMAND.
>> IT DEPENDS ON WHAT HE IS
WILLING TO CUT.
LAST YEAR IN HIS BUDGET, WE SAW
ABSOLUTELY NO CUTS.
HE PUT ALL OF THE -- HE PUT ALL
OF THE CUTS IN THE EDUCATION
FUND SO THAT HE COULD SPEND THE
THINGS HE WANTED TO IN HIS
BUDGET LAST YEAR.
>> Neal: MEANWHILE, HOUSE
MINORITY LEADER DON TURNER SAYS
THE SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS
FELLOW REPUBLICAN SOUNDED JUST
FINE TO HIM.
>> NO NEW TAXES, NO NEW FEES,
REIN IN SPENDING, LIVE WITHIN
OUR MEANS.
THOSE ARE ALL THINGS I'VE BEEN
TALKING ABOUT FOR AS LONG AS
I'VE BEEN HERE.
>> Neal: NEAL GOSWAMI, CHANNEL 3
NEWS.
>> Darren: UP NEXT, WHY THE
GOVERNOR SAID WHAT HE SAID.
EXPERT ANALYSIS ON THE STATE OF
THE STATE.
>> Darren: WHAT SHOULD WE MAKE
OF THE GOVERNOR'S STATE OF THE
STATE ADDRESS?
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE POLITICAL
SCIENTIST ERIC DAVIS WATCHED THE
SPEECH WITH US AND OFFERED
ANALYSIS.
SO WHAT IS THE BIG TAKEAWAY FROM
THIS SPEECH?
>> Davis: DARREN, TO ME THE BIG
EMPHASIS OF THE GOVERNOR WAS THE
DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC
CHALLENGES THAT VERMONT IS
FACING RIGHT NOW, THE DECLINE IN
THE WORKING AGE POPULATION,
ESPECIALLY OUTSIDE OF CHITTENDEN
COUNTY, AND IN GENERAL TERMS
TODAY AND IN MORE DETAIL IN HIS
BUDGET ADDRESS IN A FEW WEEKS,
THE GOVERNOR HAS SOME IDEAS FOR
REVERSING THOSE TRENDS AND
INCREASING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE
AGED ROUGHLY 25 TO 45 WHO LIVE
OUTSIDE OF CHITTENDEN COUNTY AND
HOPEFULLY THEY'LL BE ATTRACTED
TO LIVE THERE BY GOOD JOBS AND
GOOD WAGES.
>> Darren: I THINK IT'S GOING TO
BE INTERESTING ALSO IN THE
BUDGET ADDRESS TO HEAR HOW HE
PROPOSES NOT TO RAISE ANY TAXES
OR FEES WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT 45
TO 50 MILLION IN THE BUDGET
DEFICIT AND PERHAPS 80 MILLION
IN THE EDUCATION FUND.
>> Davis: RIGHT, AND THE BUDGET
DEFICIT NUMBERS COULD TURN OUT
TO BE WORSE THAN THAT DEPENDING
WHAT HAPPENED IN WASHINGTON.
THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE
PROGRAM, WHICH IS STILL NOT YET
REAUTHORIZED FOR THE LONG TERM,
WILL IT BE REAUTHORIZED AT THE
CURRENT LEVEL OR LESS?
LEGISLATIVE STAFF EXPERTS
ESTIMATE THERE COULD BE AS MUCH
AS AN ADDITIONAL $20 MILLION
IMPACT ON THE STATE BUDGET FROM
THAT.
ON THE EDUCATION FUND, CLEARLY
WE'RE LOOKING AT A BIG GAP AND A
POSSIBLE QUITE LARGE INCREASE IN
THE STATEWIDE PROPERTY TAX,
SEVEN CENTS IS THE NUMBER THAT'S
BEEN CALCULATED AT THIS POINT.
THAT IS GOING TO BE VERY
DIFFICULT POLITICALLY.
THE GOVERNOR WILL LIKELY HAVE A
SET OF SPECIFIC SUGGESTIONS IN
THE BUDGET ADDRESS, WHICH I
EXPECT WOULD REQUIRE SOME --
WILL INVOLVE SOME SORT OF
LEGISLATIVE DIRECTIVE TO SCHOOL
BOARDS AS TO HOW THEY HAVE TO
CUT THEIR BUDGETS.
AND THE POLITICS OF THAT ARE
DIFFICULT BECAUSE DEMOCRATS
DON'T WANT TO VOTE FOR SOMETHING
THAT THE VERMONT EDUCATION
ASSOCIATION, NEA, DOESN'T LIKE.
THE NEA IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF
THE DEMOCRATIC BASE, AND THE
REPUBLICAN MEMBERS, MANY OF WHOM
REPRESENT SMALLER TOWNS IN RURAL
PARTS OF THE STATE, AREN'T GOING
TO VOTE FOR SOMETHING THAT RIGHT
REQUIRE THE CLOSING OF SMALL
SCHOOLS IN THEIR DISTRICTS.
>> Darren: THE GOVERNOR GAVE A
SHOUTOUT, REALLY, TO SMALLER
COMMUNITIES ACROSS VERMONT,
RURAL COMMUNITIES THAT REALLY
HELPED TO GET HIM ELECTED.
>> Davis: YEAH, THEY HELPED GET
HIM ELECTED, BUT I THINK THE
POINT HE WAS TRYING TO MAKE
THERE WAS THAT OUTSIDE OF
BURLINGTON, THERE'S A LOT OF
COMMUNITIES NOW WHERE, FOR
EXAMPLE, THE NUMBER OF DEATHS
EACH YEAR EXCEED THE NUMBER OF
BIRTHS, WHERE THE NUMBER OF
PEOPLE RETIRING OR OTHERWISE
LEAVING THE WORKFORCE IS GREATER
THAN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING
IN, WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE -- IF
THEY'RE NOT LEAVING THE STATE
ENTIRELY, THEY'RE MOVING TO A
MORE POPULOUS PART OF THE STATE,
AND THOSE AREAS OF THE STATE ARE
FACING A VERY CRITICAL
DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC
SITUATION, AND AS THE GOVERNOR
SAID, IF YOU DON'T HAVE MORE
PEOPLE IN THE WORKING AGE, IT'S
GOING TO BE HARD TO SUSTAIN THE
STATE'S REVENUE BASE OVER THE
LONGER TERM TO SUPPORT THE VERY
EXTENSIVE PUBLIC PROGRAMS IN
VERMONT WHICH ARE ONE OF THE
THINGS THAT MANY PEOPLE LIKE
ABOUT THE STATE.
>> Darren: I ALSO THOUGHT IT WAS
INTERESTING THAT HE REALLY
LOOKED TO THE NATIONAL GUARD AS
PERHAPS THE ANSWER TO SOME OF
THE PROBLEMS HERE.
>> Davis: WELL, AND THAT'S AN
EXAMPLE OF THE SORT OF THING
THAT I THINK NEEDS TO BE TALKED
ABOUT.
WHAT HE'S SAYING IS THAT IF WE
OFFER NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS
TUITION-FREE ENROLLMENT AT UVN
AND -- UVM AND VERMONT STATE
COLLEGES, PERHAPS A THIRD OF
THEM WHO ARE NOT VERMONTERS WILL
DECIDE TO COME TO VERMONT.
THAT'S THE KIND OF THING YOU
HAVE TO FIND SPECIFIC PROGRAMS
AND COME UP WITH SOME
INCENTIVES.
THERE ARE SOME STATES THAT
ALREADY OFFER TUITION-FREE
ACCESS TO THEIR PUBLIC HIGHER ED
SYSTEMS FOR MEMBERS OF THE
NATIONAL GUARD, SO THIS IS AN
EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING THAT'S
BEING DONE IN OTHER STATES.
YES, IT WOULD HAVE REVENUE
IMPACT HERE BECAUSE IF THE TAX
MONEY IS NOT COMING IN -- IF THE
TUITION MONEY IS NOT COMING IN
FROM GUARD MEMBERS, THE UVM AND
STATE COLLEGES HAVE TO MAKE IT
UP SOMEWHERE ELSE.
>> Darren: YEAH, REMOVING THE
INCOME TAX ON PENSIONS WAS ONE
OF THE STANDING OVATIONS HE GOT.
>> Davis: RIGHT, RIGHT.
>> Darren: THE OTHER REALLY CAME
WHEN HE STARTED TALKING ABOUT
CIVILLY IN POLITICS.
>> Davis: YES, HE TALKED ABOUT
CIVILITY AND TO END THE ANGER
AND THE HATE AND TO EMPHASIZE
TRYING TO SEEK CONSENSUS OR
POSSIBLE COMPROMISE WHERE
CONSENSUS CAN'T BE CONTAINED,
AND ALTHOUGH HE NEVER MENTIONED
THE NAME DONALD TRUMP, OBVIOUSLY
WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT WAS
REACTION AGAINST THE STYLE OF
POLITICS WE'VE SEEN IN
WASHINGTON AND THAT RECEIVED --
AS I WAS WATCHING, THAT WAS THE
MOST ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE FROM
THE PEOPLE IN THE CHAMBER, FROM
ALL PARTIES AND THE DIGNITARIES
AND GUESTS SEATED IN THE
BALCONIES AS WELL AS PEOPLE ON
THE FLOOR.
>> Darren: WHEN HE MENTIONED
SOCIAL MEDIA, IT WAS PRETTY
CHEER HEAVES TALKING ABOUT.
NOT A LOT OF TALK ABOUT
HEALTHCARE COSTS.
>> Davis: JUST ONE PASSING
REFERENCE IN TERMS OF NEW
INITIATIVES TO MANAGED CARE THAT
HOPE TO HOLD DOWN COSTS.
REMEMBER A YEAR OR SO AGO, THE
GOVERNOR WAS SERIOUSLY LOOKING
AT GETTING RID OF VERMONT HEALTH
CONNECT AND OBVIOUSLY THAT IDEA
HAS NOT BEEN PURSUED, BUT WHEN
TALKING ABOUT FIESHLT, I THINK
HEALTHCARE -- AFFORDABILITY, I
THINK HEALTHCARE IS A BIG PIECE
OF IT.
FOR MANY PEOPLE IN VERMONT,
HEALTHCARE BUDGET IN THEIR
HOUSEHOLD IS ONE THAT'S
INCREASING THE FASTEST.
MORE THAN RENTAL PAYMENT MANY OR
UTILITIES, WITH A FAMILY POLICY
IN VERMONT NOW COSTING ABOUT
$22,000 A YEAR AND BLUE CROSS
BLUE SHIELD MARKET, PREMIUMS
WENT UP ABOUT 8% THIS YEAR,
THAT'S A $1600 INCREASE FOR A
FAMILY PURCHASING A POLICY LIKE
THIS.
IN SOME INSTANCES, PART OF THAT
IS BORNE BY THE EMPLOYER, BUT
THAT'S A COST OF THE EMPLOYER,
COST OF DOING BUSINESS, SO
RESTRAINING HEALTHCARE COSTS
DOES HAVE TO BE A BIG PIECE OF
DISCUSSION OF AFFORDABILITY IN
VERMONT FOR HOUSEHOLDS AND
BUSINESSES.
>> Darren: THE GOVERNOR TALKS
ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, GOING BACK
TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION,
THAT ADMINISTRATION REALLY
POO-POOED THE IDEA, GETTING OUT
OF THE CLIMATE PACT, SO WERE YOU
SURPRISED BY THAT, THAT HE
BROUGHT THAT UP AND HE'S
FOCUSING ON THAT?
>> Davis: NO, I THINK HIS LIKELY
DEMOCRATIC OPPONENT NEXT YEAR,
JAMES ELLIS, WILL FOCUS A LOT ON
ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
ISSUES.
I THINK WHAT THE QUORCH WOULD
LIKE TO -- GOVERNOR WOULD LIKE
TO DO IS AGAIN FIND SORT OF
SMALL THINGS WHERE POLICIES
COULD BE TWEAKED THAT WOULD
REDUCE EMISSIONS AND MAKE
VERMONT LESS DEPENDENT UPON
FOSSIL FUELS.
HE WOULD NOT SUPPORT, AND AT
THIS POINT THE DEMOCRATIC
LEADERSHIP IN THE LEGISLATURE
WOULD NOT SUPPORT EITHER, SOME
OF THE PROPOSALS FOR CARBON TAX
THAT OTHER MEMBERS OF THE
DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS HAVE BEEN
PROPOSING.
>> Darren: HE TALKED ABOUT THE
OPIOID CRISIS, STILL A HUGE
PROBLEM HERE AND REALLY ACROSS
THE NATION.
HIS PREDECESSOR, GOVERNOR
SHUMLIN, IN 2014 FOCUSED HIS
ENTIRE STATE OF THE STATE ON
THAT.
>> Davis: YEAH, YEAH.
>> Darren: DO YOU THINK WHAT HE
WAS PITCHING THERE WAS ENOUGH TO
ADDRESS IT?
>> Davis: WELL, WE'VE MADE SOME
PROGRESS ON IT.
HE MENTIONED THE CENTER IN
ST. ALBANS WHICH ALLEVIATED SOME
OF THE PRESSURE FOR SERVICES IN
NORTHWESTERN VERMONT.
I THINK ONE OF THE QUESTIONS HAS
TO BE THAT FEDERAL LAW
ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS DON'T
UNDERMINE WHAT THE STATE WANTS
TO DO IN TERMS OF OPIOIDS.
THERE'S SOME THINGS THAT
ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS AND
OTHERS IN THE JUSTICE
DEPARTMENT, TALKING ABOUT THAT
WOULD PUT LIMITS ON SOME OF THE
TECHNIQUES THAT THE STATES ARE
DOING IN TERMS OF SERVICES THAT
ARE OFFERED AT THESE HUBS, AND I
THINK THAT THERE MAY BE A LITTLE
BIT OF CONCERN THERE.
AGAIN, YOU KNOW, MUCH OF THE
LITERATURE ABOUT THE OPIOID
CRISIS INDICATES IT'S ALSO, IN
SOME WAYS, A CONSEQUENCE OF THE
ECONOMIC CRISIS WHICH IS FACING
MUCH OF RURAL VERMONT, THAT
PEOPLE WITHOUT JOBS ARE SOME OF
THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MOST IN NEED
OF SERVICES HERE.
>> Darren: WHAT DID THIS SPEECH
NOT DO?
WHAT DID IT NOT DELIVER?
WHAT WAS MISSED?
>> Davis: WELL, YOU KNOW, I
THINK THIS IS THE SORT OF THE
SECOND YEAR OF A BIENNIUM.
I THINK WE KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
FROM PHIL SCOTT.
BASICALLY, I THINK IT WAS A SORT
OF CENTRIST TO CENTER-RIGHT
SPEECH WHERE THE GOVERNOR SAID
HE WANTS TO EXPAND THE STATE'S
ECONOMY AND DO SO WITHOUT
IMPOSING ADDITIONAL COSTS A
HOUSEHOLDS AND BUSINESSES IN THE
STATE.
WHAT HE DIDN'T TALK ABOUT, AND
I'LL WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE BUDGET
ADDRESS HAS IN THREE WEEKS, IS
SPECIFIC PROPOSALS FOR, ON THE
SPENDING SIDE, RESTRAINING THE
GROWTH OF SPENDING, PARTICULARLY
IN THE K-12 EDUCATION, AND IN
TERMS OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT,
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SPECIFIC
INCENTIVES THAT THE GOVERNOR IS
PROPOSING FOR STATE GOVERNMENT
TO ADOPT TO ATTRACT MORE PEOPLE
IN THAT 25 TO 45-YEAR AGE GROUP
INTO THE STATE.
AND HE DID MENTION IN PASSING,
ANOTHER IMPORTANT PART OF IT IS
HOUSING.
ONE OF THE REASONS VERMONT IS
STRUGGLING TO ATTRACT WORKERS IS
A SENSE THAT IN SOME PARTS OF
THE STATE, HOUSING IS EXPENSIVE
AND IN OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE,
IT IS NOT AVAILABLE.
SO THE LEGISLATURE LAST YEAR DID
PASS A VERY LARGE HOUSING BOND,
WHICH IS EXPECTED WITH
LEVERAGING FROM PRIVATE SECTOR
MONEY TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE
CONSTRUCTION OF MORE NEW UNITS
THAN WE'VE SEEN IN QUITE SOME
TIME.
>> Darren: YOU'RE AN EXPERT IN
THE HISTORY OF POLITICS HERE, SO
I WANT TO GIVE FOLKS A LITTLE
HISTORY LESSON.
>> Davis: SURE.
>> Darren: THE GOVERNOR
MENTIONED FOUR PEOPLE AS ROLE
MODELS IN THE STATE.
SOME OF THEM MAY NOT BE THAT
RECOGNIZABLE.
>> Davis: YES, THIS IS TOWARD
THE END OF THE SPEECH AND HE
TALKED ABOUT ROLE MODELS AND
LEADERS IN VERMONT.
I FOUND ALL FOUR OF THEM
INTERESTING.
ONE IS VERY WELL KNOWN, GEORGE
AIKEN, GOVERNOR OF VERMONT IN
THE 1930s AND WENT TO THE U.S.
SENATE IN 1940 AND STAYED THERE
FOR 34 YEARS AND WAS WELL-KNOWN
IN WASHINGTON AS SOMEONE LISTED
AS A REPUBLICAN, WAS REALLY NOT
AT ALL A PARTISAN REPUBLICAN IN
THE SENSE WE HAVE TODAY, BUT
REPRESENTED VERMONT VALUES, VERY
ICONIC MAN WHO IN THE LAST TIME
HE RAN FOR RE-ELECTION IN 1968,
I THINK HIS OWN CAMPAIGN
EXPENDITURES WERE THE POSTAGE TO
SEND HIS PETITIONS AROUND THE
STATE, BUT GEORGE AIKEN AS
REVERED FIGURE IN VERMONT
POLITICAL HISTORY AND REPRESENTS
A TIME OF A SIMPLER AND LESS
CONFLICTUAL POLITICS.
HE WAS ALSO A WORKING FARMER AND
WAS WELL KNOWN FOR SOME OF HIS
INNOVATIONS IN AGRICULTURE IN
THE 1930s AND 1940s.
THE SECOND PERSON WHOM THE
GOVERNOR MENTIONED WAS ONE OF
AIKEN'S COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE
TO A TIME, WARREN AUSTIN.
HE WAS A REPUBLICAN FROM
BURLINGTON WHO SERVED IN THE
SENATE IN THE EARLY 1940s AND IN
1946, PRESIDENT TRUMAN APPOINTED
HIM TO BE THE UNITED STATES'
FIRST PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE
TO THE UNITED NATIONS, WHICH WAS
ESTABLISHED AT THE END OF WORLD
WAR II IN 1945.
SO HERE YOU HAVE AN EXAMPLE OF
BIPARTISANSHIP AND
INTERNATIONALISM.
A VERMONT REPUBLICAN NOMINATED
BY A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT TO
SERVE AS THE FIRST AMERICAN
AMBASSADOR TO A NEW
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION.
THE OTHER TWO FIGURES ARE
PERHAPS NOT AS WELL-KNOWN.
ONE MAY BE.
CONSUELO BAILEY.
SHE WAS THE FIRST SPEAKER OF THE
HOUSE, FIRST WOMAN TO BE SPEAKER
OF THE HOUSE IN VERMONT.
SHE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO SERVE
AS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, NOT JUST
IN VERMONT, BUT IN ANY STATE.
SHE WAS ALSO ONE OF THE FIRST
WOMEN IN VERMONT TO GET A LAW
DEGREE.
SHE GRADUATED FROM BOSTON
UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL IN 1925,
WAS THE FIRST WOMAN ADMITTED TO
PRACTICE BEFORE THE VERMONT
SUPREME COURT, SO AS AN
ATTORNEY, AS A LEGISLATOR AND AS
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, CONSUELO
BAILEY WAS A PIONEER IN TERMS OF
WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC
LIFE AND POLITICS.
BUT ANOTHER PIONEER AND PROBABLY
THE LEAST KNOWN WAS THE FOURTH
PERSON WHOM THE GOVERNOR
MENTIONED, EDNA BEARD.
SHE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO SERVE
IN THE VERMONT STATE
LEGISLATURE.
IN 1920, THE U.S. CONSTITUTION,
19th AMENDMENT, WAS RATIFIED
WHICH REQUIRED ALL STATES TO
GIVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE TO WOMEN,
AND WOMEN COULDN'T VOTE IN
ELECTIONS IN VERMONT PRIOR TO
THE 19th AMENDMENT.
1920 WAS THE FIRST ELECTION YEAR
IN VERMONT IN WHICH WOMEN WERE
ELIGIBLE TO VOTE OR TO BE
CANDIDATES.
SO EDNA BEARD FILED IN THE
REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FOR THE HOUSE
SEAT FROM HER TOWN, ORANGE.
SHE LOST THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY
TO A MALE CANDIDATE.
BUT BETWEEN THE PRIMARY AND THE
GENERAL ELECTION, SHE WENT
AROUND THE TOWN OF ORANGE AND
REGISTERED WOMEN VOTERS.
SHE REGISTERED 40 WOMEN BETWEEN
THE TIME OF THE PRIMARY AND THE
GENERAL ELECTION, AND WHEN
ELECTION DAY CAME AROUND IN
NOVEMBER, SHE WON THE SEAT BY 38
VOTES, DEFEATING THE MAN WHO HAD
BEAT HER IN THE REPUBLICAN
PRIMARY EARLIER IN THE YEAR.
SO THIS IS AN EXAMPLE, TAKEN WAY
BACK IN 1920, IN JUST ONE TOWN
IN VERMONT, VOTER MOBILIZATION
AND TURNOUT MAKE A DIFFERENCE,
AND EDNA BEARD DESERVES THE
CREDIT, NOT JUST FOR BEING THE
FIRST WOMAN IN THE VERMONT HOUSE
AND THEN LATER THE FIRST WOMEN
IN THE VERMONT SENATE, BUT NOT
GIVING UP WHEN SHE LOST THAT
PRIMARY, GOING OUT AND
REGISTERING ENOUGH VOTERS TO WIN
IN NOVEMBER
>> Darren: I THINK WE ALL LEARN
SOMETHING EVERY TIME WE TALK TO
YOU.
ERIC DAVIS, THANK YOU.
AND THAT WILL DO IT FOR "YOU CAN
QUOTE ME."
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