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YCQM - Lt. Gov. Phil Scott - July 29, 2012

You Can Quote Me -- July 29, 2012 -- Phil Scott, Republican for lt. governor, joins Kristin Carlson to discuss his candidacy vs. Democratic candidate, Cassandra Gekas.

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>> Announcer: FROM VERMONT'S MOST TRUSTED NEWS SOURCE, WCAX BRINGS YOU YOUR NEWSMAKERS, YOUR NEIGHBORS. THIS IS "YOU CAN QUOTE ME."

>>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. THANKS FOR JOINING ME. I'M KRISTEN CARLSON. TODAY ON "YOU CAN QUOTE ME," WE'RE FOCUSING ON THE UPCOMING ELECTION. IN THE LAST WEEK WE TALKED WITH THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AND TODAY WE TALK WITH THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE UP FOR RE-ELECTION, LT. GOV. PHIL SCOTT. THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON.

>> I WANT TO START WITH WHAT'S DEVELOPING AS ONE OF THE BIGGEST STORIES THE LAST WEEK OR SO AND IT HAS TO DO WITH HOW MUCH MONEY THE STATE IS GOING TO GET FROM FEMA TO DEAL WITH IRENE. INITIALLY IT SEEMED THAT THE STATE WOULD GET ABOUT 90% OF THE FUNDS COVERED AND IT SOUNDS NOW THAT WE'RE HEARING FROM THE SHUMLIN ADMINISTRATION, THAT MIGHT NOT BE THE CASE. NOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

>> I CAN ONLY VOUCH FOR IT FROM MY STANDPOINT AND IT DID SEEM LIKE WE WERE LED TO BELIEVE THAT WE WERE GOING TO GET AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THE STATE HOSPITAL, THE WATERBURY COMPLEX AND OTHER PROJECTS, AND I THINK IT WAS -- I THINK IT WAS, I THOUGHT, A PRETTY GOOD COMMITMENT. OTHERWISE WE WOULDN'T HAVE MOVED FORWARD THE WAY WE DID, BUT WE'RE FINDING NOW, UNFORTUNATELY, THAT THAT MAY NOT BE THE CASE AND I SAY MAY BECAUSE I DON'T THINK THERE'S BEEN ANY DETERMINATION MADE THAT'S OFFICIAL. BUT IT'S SURE LOOKING LIKE WE'RE NOT GK TO GET THE MONEY THAT WE'RE ANTICIPATING.

>> DID YOU EVER HEAR THAT COMMITMENT AT ANY POINT?

>> I WAS IN SOME OF THE MEETINGS WITH FEMA, PARTICULARLY SOON AFTER THE IRENE AND, AGAIN, I WAS JUST LED DOWN THAT PATH OF FEELING LIKE WE WERE GOING TO BE OKAY AND WE WERE GOING TO HAVE TO RAISE SOME MONEY OURSELVES, BUT CERTAINLY I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO GET THE MONEY AS WELL.

>> LED BY FEMA OR BY THE SHUMLIN ADMINISTRATION?

>> LED BY FEMA, I BELIEVE.

>> SO I GUESS, WHO DROPPED THE BALL HERE THEN?

>> WELL, THERE'S A CHANGE OF THE GUARD IN FEMA. I THINK THAT SOMETIMES MAYBE YOU HEAR WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR TOO, AND AGAIN, AFTER THE INITIAL REACTION, THE INITIAL PHASE OF THE RECOVERY, THINGS STARTED TO BECOME DIFFERENT, AND WE'RE SEEING THAT THROUGHOUT OTHER AREAS AS WELL. I WAS IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE STATE IN SHREWSBURY THIS WEEK AND I WAS TALKING WITH THE ROAD COMMISSIONER THERE AND HE TOOK ME TO SHOW ME A ROAD THAT'S STILL CLOSED AND THEY'RE HAVING THEIR DIFFICULTIES WITH FEMA AS WELL. FEMA FEELS THAT THEY CAN BAND-AID THE ROAD FOR MAYBE $100,000, BUT FROM MY STANDPOINT WITH MY BACKGROUND, I THINK IT'S SIGNIFICANTLY MORE.

>> YOUR CONSTRUCTION BACKGROUND.

>> AND THE TOWN FEELS SO AS WELL, THAT THERE IS NO WAY THAT THEY COULD DO FOR IT WHAT THEY'RE WILLING TO PAY, SO I THINK IT'S ALMOST LIKE DEALING WITH AN INSURANCE COMPANY AT THIS POINT. THEY'RE BEING A LITTLE MORE CRITICAL OF THE MONEY AND WHERE IT GOES AND MAYBE IN THE BEGINNING, THEY WERE MORE APT TO SAY, "GO AHEAD AND PROCEED DOWN THIS PATH."

>> THE SHUMLIN ADMINISTRATION HAS BUILT BUDGETS, AS YOU KNOW, AS TIMELINES BASED ON GETTING THIS 90% FUNDING AND NOW THEY'RE GOING THROUGH A NEW PROCESS, SAYING WE DON'T KNOW, WE STILL COULD GET THAT 90% AT THE END. WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON'T?

>> THIS IS A DEFINITE GAME-CHANGER. THIS IS GOING TO BE SIGNIFICANT IF WE DON'T RECEIVE THAT MONEY, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO ALTER OUR PLANS SIGNIFICANTLY BECAUSE WE DON'T -- THE CAPITAL BILL WHERE WE FUND SOME OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE JUST DOESN'T HAVE THE CAPACITY TO DO THAT, AND WE CAN'T BORROW OUR WAY OUT OF THIS, SO WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET TOGETHER AND IF THAT'S THE OFFICIAL WORD AND THINK ABOUT THINGS IN A DIFFERENT MANNER, IN PARTICULAR THE WATERBURY COMPLEX. I THINK THAT'S THE ONE THAT'S GOING TO BE DIFFERENT AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO UTILIZE SOME OF THE SAME BUILDINGS THAT ARE THERE, WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO REPLACE THE STEAM PLANT, BUT THE -- AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THE STATE HOSPITAL WILL STILL MOVE FORWARD. THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT NEEDED TO BE ADDRESSED BEFORE IRENE, SO I THINK WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIND THE MONEY TO DO THAT.

>> SO THE SHUMLIN ADMINISTRATION SAYS WE SHOULD GET AN ANSWER SOMETIME IN THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST. I THINK PEOPLE ARE STILL TRYING TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE MISCOMMUNICATION HAPPENED THEN. ARE YOU LAYING THE BLAME AT FEMA, ARE YOU LAYING THE BLAME AT HOW STATE OFFICIALS INTERPRETED WHAT FEMA WAS SAYING? HOW DOES SOMETHING SO SUBSTANTIAL SOMEHOW GET MISCOMMUNICATED ENOUGH TO BUILD A BUDGET ON?

>> WELL, AGAIN, I WASN'T IN THERE WITH ALL THE DISCUSSIONS WITH FEMA, BUT I HAVE A GREAT AMOUNT OF TRUST IN FOLKS LIKE JEB SPALDING WHO WAS, THE ADMINISTRATION SECRETARY, AND IF HE FELT -- I THINK HE'S FAIRLY CONSERVATIVE IN HIS APPROACH, AND I THINK HE WAS CERTAINLY LED TO BELIEVE -- HE WOULDN'T HAVE MOVED DOWN THAT PATH IF HE WASN'T SECURE IN FEELING THAT WE WERE GOING TO GET REIMBURSED. AND I THINK -- I THINK IT'S MORE FEMA THAN ANYTHING ELSE. I DON'T THINK ANYBODY WOULD HAVE BASE ADD BUDGET ON A PROMISE -- BASE ADD BUDGET ON A PROMISE THAT WASN'T A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN A PROMISE.

>> WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS MEANS, YOU MENTIONED TALKING WITH FOLKS HAVING A TOUGH TIME GETTING THEIR ROADS REPAIRED BECAUSE FEMA DIDN'T GIVE THEM THE MONEY THEY FEEL THEY NEEDED. IF THE STATE CAN'T EVEN COMMUNICATE WITH FEMA AND YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT ADMINISTRATION SECRETARY JEB SPALDING WHO IS STATE TREASURER, TALKING ABOUT GOVERNOR SHUMLIN, THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND STATE PROCESS AND POLICY, IF THEY CAN'T EVEN GET ACCURATE INFORMATION FROM FEMA, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR TOWNS AND FOLKS STILL STRUGGLING POST-IRENE?

>> I SHOULD MENTION THAT WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET IN TERMS OF PERSONAL LOSSES. THERE ARE MANY, MANY FOLKS THAT ARE STILL OUT OF THEIR HOMES, OUT OF BUSINESSES AND SO FORTH. WE HAVE A LONG WAYS TO GO TOWARDS THE LONG-TERM RECOVERY, BUT I DO -- I THOUGHT ABOUT THAT WHEN I WAS SPEAKING WITH THE ROAD COMMISSIONER IN SHREWSBURY, BECAUSE IF THE GOVERNOR AND HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS SUCH CLOSE TIES TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, IT SEEMS AS THOUGH A PHONE CALL MIGHT WORK, AND SOME OF THE TALKS AND I'M SURE THE GOVERNOR IS DOING JUST THAT, TRYING TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT, BECAUSE IT SEEMS AS THOUGH WE WERE MISLED.

>> OKAY. WELL, LET'S TURN OUR ATTENTION NOW TO THE UPCOMING ELECTION. YOU ARE RUNNING FOR YOUR SECOND TERM. WE HAD THE DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE ON LAST WEEK AND WE MENTIONED TO HER THE POLL NUMBERS, POLL THAT WAS DONE BY CASTLETON POLLING SHOWS YOU HAVE HIGH FAFEABILITIES. A POLLSTER TOLD US, AND WE SHARED THOSE NUMBERS AND THE CANDIDATE TOLD US I LIKE PHIL SCOTT TOO, HE IS JUST NOT THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB RIGHT NOW. YOUR RESPONSE?

>> I WILL CONTEND THAT AT LEAST DURING MY FIRST TERM, I WAS EXACTLY THE RIGHT PERSON WRT JOB WITH MY -- FOR THE JOB WITH MY CONSTRUCTION BACKGROUND, MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE LEGISLATURE, MY LIFE-LONG, I GUESS, SITUATION BEING A VERMONTER. I THINK IT LENDS ITSELF WELL TO THE POSITION, PARTICULARLY WITH IRENE AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE ALL HAD TO GO THROUGH IN TERMS OF THE RECOVERY, SO I HAD A, I THINK, A PRODUCTIVE SESSION. WE HAD A NEW PRO TEM, NEW PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, MANY NEW LEGISLATORS AND I THINK TO NAVIGATE THROUGH THAT AND BRING EVERYONE TOGETHER WAS SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE TO DO, SO I FELT GOOD ABOUT MY FIRST TERM AND I WOULD CONTEND THAT I WAS IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME.

>> SO CAN YOU GIVE AN EXAMPLE, LT. GOV. PHIL SCOTT, A XAMP WHERE YOU BROUGHT FOLKS IN THE LEGISLATURE TOGETHER ON AN ISSUE, THAT YOU WERE A KEY ROLE IN CAUSING COLLABORATION AND GETTING CONSENSUS ON AN ISSUE BECAUSE AS WE KNOW, DEMOCRATS FIRMLY CONTROL SENATE.

>> I THINK IT WAS JUST AN ONGOING EFFORT. I THINK IF YOU WERE TO TALK TO MANY OF THE LEGISLATORS AND SENATES, I WAS PART OF A NUMBER OF MEETINGS BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND A NUMBER OF MEETINGS WITH COMMITTEES AND OTHER COMMITTEE CHAIRS OF THE DIFFERENT SENATE COMMITTEES, AND I WOULD SAY THAT ON AN ONGOING BASIS, I TRIED TO DO WHAT I COULD TO BRIDGE THE GAP AS I HAD DONE THE PREVIOUS TEN YEARS AS A SENATOR, AND SOMETIMES THAT'S BEHIND THE SCENES, YOU LET OTHERS GET THE ATTENTION, YOU LET OTHERS GET THE CREDIT, AND THAT'S HOW YOU GET YOUR BEST WORK DONE. AND I WAS ABLE TO FILL THAT ROLE, I THINK, AGAIN, SO I WAS VERY COMFORTABLE IN THAT AND I THOUGHT, AGAIN, VERY PRODUCTIVE.

>> SO IN THE FIRST TERM, WHAT'S SOMETHING YOU REGRET?

>> I DON'T THINK I HAVE ANY REAL REGRETS. I THINK, AGAIN, WE GREW AS A BODY, AS A SENATE AS A WHOLE. WE WERE ALL GREEN IN OUR NEW POSITIONS, BUT I THINK, PARTICULARLY WITH, YOU KNOW, A NEW SECRETARY AS WELL, I THOUGHT WE DID VERY WELL AND I DON'T HAVE ANY REGRETS.

>> A LOT OF PEOPLE DURING THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION POINTED OUT THAT ON THE LEADERSHIP SIDE IT SEEMS LIKE THERE WAS SOME DYSFUNCTION AT TIMES IN THE SENATE.

>> AGAIN, I THINK WHAT THEN YOU PUT THE PERFECT -- THAT WHEN YOU PUT THE PERFECT STORM TOGETHER WITH A NEW LEADERSHIP, NEW PRO TEM, NEW LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, SECRETARY OF THE SENATE, SIX NEW LEGISLATORS, A NEW GOVERNOR, NEW ADMINISTRATION, WHEN YOU PUT ALL THAT TOGETHER, IT DOES CREATE A SITUATION WHERE EVERYONE IS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THEIR ROLE AND HOW TO REACT, BUT I THINK IF YOU TAKE FROM THE TIME WE STARTED UNTIL THE ENDING DATE, I THINK YOU WOULD SEE SOME REAL GROWTH AND I THINK, AGAIN, WE CAME TOGETHER AS A BODY AND I THINK WE'LL BE MUCH BETTER IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM.

>> YOU ARE THE HIGHEST-RANKING REPUBLICAN SURROUNDED BY A LOT OF DEMOCRATS IN STATEWIDE OFFICE. YOU HAD BEEN INVITED INTO CABINET MEETINGS WITH THE SHUMLIN ADMINISTRATION WHICH IS RARE BECAUSE YOU'RE A MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITE PARTY. ARE YOU STILL ATTENDING CABINET MEETINGS?

>> I AM AND I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY GRACIOUS OF THE GOVERNOR TO INVITE ME, AND I THINK IT WAS -- I THINK SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF HIS PARTY WERE SUSPICIOUS OF WHY HE WOULD INVITE ME, AS WERE MEMBERS OF MY PARTY, BUT I THINK, AGAIN, ONCE YOU'RE ELECTED, I THINK YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR VERMONTERS AND I THINK TO GET TO KNOW SOME OF THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE ADMINISTRATION, GET TO KNOW SOME OF THE SECRETARIES AND COMMISSIONERS, MAKES MY JOB EASIER BECAUSE WE CONTINUALLY RECEIVE CALLS FOR HELP FROM CONSTITUENTS ABOUT HOW TO MEANDER THROUGH THE BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS AND TO DO THAT, THINK YOU NEED TO HAVE -- I THINK YOU NEED TO HAVE CONNECTIONS AND YOU NEED TO HAVE RESPECT AMONGST THOSE CONNECTIONS AS WELL, AND I THINK WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO HELP, NOT EVERYONE BUT QUITE A FEW PEOPLE OUT IN TRYING TO GET THROUGH THAT PROCESS, WHICH IS -- SOMETIMES SEEMS LIKE A BRICK WALL AND WE'RE ABLE TO MAKE A FEW CALLS TO GET THEM TO AT LEAST BE HEARD.

>> ARE YOU GOING TO BE PART OF THE CABINET MEETINGS THROUGH THE ELECTION SEASON?

>> I ANTICIPATE THAT I AM. I WOULD -- I THOUGHT ABOUT THAT SOME, WHETHER IT WOULD BOTHER THOSE IN THE ADMINISTRATION. I CERTAINLY -- I THINK THAT I'VE GAINED THEIR RESPECT AND THAT I DON'T TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CABINET MEETINGS, SO I WOULD HOPE THAT THEY WOULDN'T BE SUSPICIOUS OF THAT EITHER. BUT I HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT WHETHER THEY WOULD WANT ME TO CONTINUE, BUT NO MENTION HAS BEEN MADE TO NOT ATTENDING.

>> WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A BRIEF BREAK AND CONTINUE OUR DISCUSSION WITH

>> WELCOME BACK. WE'RE CONTINUING TO TALK WITH LT. GOV. PHIL SCOTT, A REPUBLICAN RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION. LAST WEEK, WE TALKED WITH THE DEMOCRAT RUNNING FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CASSANDRA DEACAKK. ON THAT PROGRAM, SHE SAID SHE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AROUND A HALF DOZEN DEBATES WITH YOU ON THE ISSUE, EACH ISSUE-ORIENTED DEBATE. WOULD YOU AGREE WITH THAT?

>> IF THE SCHEDULE WOULD ALLOW, I THINK DEBATES ARE HEALTHY. I HAVEN'T SEEN ANY SCHEDULE FOR THE GOVERNORS DEBATES, BUT I WOULD ASSUME THAT WE WOULD HAVE AT LEAST CLOSE TO THE SAME NUMBER OF DEBATES.

>> YOU THINK HALF A DOZEN? HAVE YOU HAD ANY COMMUNICATION WITH HER CAMPAIGN AT ALL.

>> NOT THAT I'M AWARE OF, NO.

>> ONE OF THE BIG ISSUES THAT SHE'S RUNNING ON IS HEALTHCARE. SHE FEELS THAT THE STATE NEEDS A SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM AND AGAIN, SHE SAYS SHE'S THE RIGHT FIT FOR THE JOB BECAUSE SHE'S GOING TO WORK WITH GOF SHUMLIN IF HE'S REELECTED TO ENACT A SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT'S NOT THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR THE STATE RIGHT NOW?

>> WELL, I'M NOT SURE IF IT IS OR ISN'T. I'M STILL WAITING FOR INFORMATION IN TERMS OF -- IT SEEMS LIKE WE'RE PUTTING THE CART A LITTLE BIT BEFORE THE HORSE AND WHEN I SAY THAT, IT DOESN'T MATTER, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, DOESN'T MATTER HOW YOU PAY FOR SOMETHING. IT'S WHAT YOU'RE GETTING THE BENEFIT OF, AND WHEN I LOOK AT THE SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEM, IT MAY BE THE ANSWER DOWN THE ROAD BUS THERE'S A LOT OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS IN BETWEEN, AND WE HAVE TO LOOK AT HOW WE DELIVER HEALTHCARE, HOW EFFICIENT IS IT, AND HOW CAN WE -- IF WE'RE STILL PAYING THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY IN THE END, DOES IT REALLY MATTER HOW WE PAY FOR IT. AND I THINK THAT'S THE ANSWERS THAT WE HAVE TO SEEK AND I THINK THAT BEFORE WE GO TO A SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEM, I THINK WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE SYSTEM AND I'VE BEEN SPEAKING WITH SOME MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, HEALTHCARE COMMISSION, AND I THINK THEY'RE DOING SOME GOOD WORK. BUT I THINK THERE'S A LOT MORE WORK TO BE DONE BEFORE WE GO TO A SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEM. HOW MUCH THAT IS GOING TO COST, HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY FOR IT, AND WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR IT.

>> WHEN WILL THOSE ANSWERS BE PROVIDED?

>> IN JANUARY OF '13 IS WHEN I'M HEARING THAT WE'LL HAVE SOME OF THOSE ANSWERS.

>> ALL RIGHT. ANOTHER ISSUE WE TALKED WITH HER ABOUT HAD TO DO WITH A POLICY IN THE STATE WHERE THERE WAS A RECENT SITUATION WHERE A YOUNG MAN DIED AFTER BEING TASED. THEY'RE STILL LOOKING INTO THE CAUSE OF THAT MAN'S DEATH. DO YOU THINK IT'S TIME FOR THERE TO BE AN UPDATED POLICY AND DIFFERENT TRAINING PUT IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THESE WEAPONS ARE USED APPROPRIATELY?

>> WELL, TWO ANSWERS THERE. I BELIEVE THAT IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE ONGOING OVERSIGHT OF ANY POLICIES. IT'S NOT THE END-ALL ANSWERS THAT WE HAVE. WE HAVE TO, AS DIFFERENT SITUATIONS ARISE, I THINK WE HAVE TO ACT APPROPRIATELY. I THINK IN THIS CASE, I THINK PROPER TRAINING IS THE KEY. I THINK THAT PROVIDING TASERS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT IS SOMETHING THAT I BELIEVE IS APPROPRIATE. I THINK THEY NEED AS MANY TOOLS IN THEIR TOOL CHEST AS THEY CAN, BUT PROPER TRAINING IS -- HAS TO BE PROVIDED AND MAYBE WE'RE LEARNING ABOUT NEW ASPECTS OF THAT TRAINING. SO I WOULD CONTEND THAT WE SHOULD CONTINUE THE USE OF TASERS, BUT ONGOING TRAINING IS GOING TO BE ESSENTIAL.

>> DO YOU THINK THERE IS PROPER TRAINING RIGHT NOW?

>> I THINK THERE'S BEEN PROPER TRAINING, BUT AGAIN, AS NEW SITUATIONS ARISE, I BELIEVE THAT TRAINING CAN CHANGE AND MAYBE IT IS CHANGING AT THIS TIME. BUT I THINK THAT WE, WE'RE UP TO DATE, I THINK WE WERE PROVIDED THE PROPER TRAINING THAT WAS APPROPRIATE.

>> A LOT OF VERMONTERS WERE SHOCKED TO LEARN ABOUT THIS SCANDAL HAVING TO DO WITH OVERTIME PAY ALLEGED WITH ONE TROOPER WHO IS NO LONGER WITH THE STATE, TENS AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS THAT THIS TROOPER GOT IN OVERTIME THAT HE NEVER WORKED, FOR CALLS HE NEVER RESPONDED TO. DO YOU THINK THIS IS A WIDESPREAD PROBLEM IN STATE GOVERNMENT?

>> I CERTAINLY HOPE NOT AND I'M IN AGREEMENT WITH THE GOVERNOR ON THIS, THAT THIS IS LIKE STEALING, AND IT SHOULD BE ACTED ON APPROPRIATELY. BUT I DON'T -- I WOULD HOPE IT'S NOT WIDESPREAD. I DON'T BELIEVE IT IS, BUT I THINK A THOROUGH OVERSIGHT INVESTIGATION WILL GIVE US THE ANSWERS THAT WE NEED.

>> WERE YOU SURPRISED WITH SOME OF THE OVERTIME NUMBERS YOU SAW THAT STATE WORKERS GET PAID APPROPRIATELY THAT AREN'T EVEN A PROBLEM?

>> I WAS SURPRISED WHEN I LOOKED AT THE -- MAYBE NOT THE OVERTIME NUMBERS, BUT THE AMOUNTS THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE PAID, THE TOP 150, AND I WILL SAY I WASN'T IN THE TOP 150.

>> THE GOVERNOR IS NOT THERE EITHER.

>> BUT I WAS SURPRISED AT THAT, BUT I UNDERSTAND. I MEAN, I'M IN BUSINESS, I'M IN A SEASONAL BUSINESS, AND SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO PAY OVERTIME AND IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU SEEK TO DO, BUT YOU HAVE TO GET THE JOB DONE, AND THERE COMES A POINT WHEN YOU HAVE TO REALLY VIEW CONSTRUCTIVE OVERVIEW OF YOUR POLICIES AND WHERE YOU'RE SPENDING THE MONEY, WHERE THE OVERTIME IS GOING, AND IF IT MAKES SENSE, TO ADD POSITIONS SO THERE ISN'T THE OVERTIME. IF IT'S OVERTIME ALL YEAR ROUND, THEN YOU HAVE A PROBLEM AND YOU NEED TO ADDRESS THAT.

>> THE WIND PROJECT IS MOVING FORWARD AND THERE'S A LOT OF OPPOSITION, ALSO SOME SUPPORT. WHAT DO YOU THINK SHOULD HAPPEN THERE?

>> WELL, I'M A SUPPORTER OF WIND ENERGY. I THINK WE SHOULD SEEK ANY MEANS WE CAN TO REDUCE OUR RELIANCE ON FOREIGN OIL, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I THINK, AGAIN, IT'S MY CONSERVATIVE APPROACH, I GUESS, WE HAVE SOME PRETTY BIG PROJECTS THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT ARE BEING BUILT RIGHT NOW. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM BUILT AND THEN I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO SEE THE EFFECTS, POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THAT AND WHETHER IT'S A PATH WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO GO DOWN.

>> SO YOU SUPPORT THE LOWELL WIND PROJECT?

>> YES, I THINK IT'S A STEP THAT WE NEEDED TO TAKE, AND I THINK THAT, AGAIN, I'M IN FAVOR OF THOSE IN GENERAL, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I THINK WE SHOULD TAKE A STEP BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THAT. WE'VE LEARNED A LOT OVER THIS FIRST BIG PROJECT. WHEN YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE WIND TURBINES AND GENERATORS, IT'S NOT YOUR TYPICAL 2 OR 300-FOOTER. THOSE ARE MASSIVE, MASSIVE GENERATORS AND THE PROPEL LERS ALONE ARE INCREDIBLE, SO I THINK ONCE THEY'RE ERECTED, I THINK, AGAIN, WE'LL GET A BETTER PERSPECTIVE OF WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD CONTINUE DOWN THAT PATH.

>> HOW WOULD THAT REVIEW TAKE PLACE?

>> WELL, I THINK THAT IT HAS TO COME GRASSROOTS. I THINK IT COMES FROM THE PUBLIC SERVICE DEPARTMENT, BUT ALSO INPUT FROM VERMONTERS. I THINK THAT ONCE PEOPLE GET A LOOK AT THEM AND WE SEE WHETHER THEY'RE EFFICIENT, WHETHER THEY'RE PROVIDING THE POWER THAT'S NEEDED AND AT WHAT COST, THOSE ARE ALL FACTORS THAT NEED TO COME INTO PLAY AND, AGAIN, I THINK ONE OR TWO YEARS AFTER THEY'RE ERECTED, WE'LL HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF WHETHER WE SHOULD CONTINUE.

>> ANOTHER ISSUE THAT'S KICKED UP CONTROVERSY ON BOTH SIDES HAS TO DO WITH THE F-35 COMING TO THE VERMONT NATIONAL GUARD. THE FIGHTER JETS HAVE SUPPORT FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, FROM THE GOVERNOR, AND I BELIEVE YOU SUPPORT THEN AS WELL, RIGHT?

>> I TESTIFIED ONE NIGHT IN SOUTH BURLINGTON AND I AM IN FAVOR AND WHILE I'M SENSITIVE TO SOME OF THE NOISE ISSUES OF THE RESIDENTS OF SOUTH BURLINGTON AND I FULLY, FULLY APPRECIATE WHAT THEY'RE GOING THROUGH, AT THE SAME TIME, I HAVE TO LOOK AT THINGS FROM A BROADER PERSPECTIVE, FROM A VERMONT PERSPECTIVE, I THINK IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT WE WELCOME THE F-35s IN. I THINK IT'S PART OF WHO WE ARE AND I'M VERY PROUD OF THE GREEN MOUNTAIN BOYS AND I THINK FROM AN ECONOMIC DRIVER, THAT THAT -- THE MILITARY IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US HERE IN THE STATE AND IT HAS A RIPPLE EFFECT ACROSS THE STATE.

>> WHAT DO YOU THINK -- WE'RE HEARING FROM U.S. SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY SOME CONCERNS THAT THE PROTESTERS MIGHT ACTUALLY, IN THE END, GET WHAT THEY WANT, WHICH IS KEEP THE F-35s AWAY BECAUSE THE AIR FORCE MIGHT DECIDE THEY DON'T WANT TO COME HERE. IS THAT A REAL THREAT?

>> THAT'S A CONCERN THAT I HAVE, THAT THEY DON'T -- THAT THE F-35 DOESN'T LAND HERE, SO TO SPEAK, AND WE LOSE THAT. AND THEN WHAT IF THE F-16s GO AWAY? THEN WE LOSE THE MILITARY BASE ITSELF AND I THINK THAT'S AN ISSUE THAT IS CONCERNING TO ME.

>> SO RECENTLY, YOU HAD TO MAKE SOME CHANGES ON YOUR WEBSITE. YOU HAD LISTED SOME DEMOCRATS SAYING GOOD THINGS ABOUT YOU. THAT HAD TO COME DOWN. DID YOU MAYBE OVERSTEP THERE? WHAT HAPPENED.

>> I DON'T THINK I OVERSTEP, BUT I THINK THE BACKLASH THAT MY FRIENDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WERE TAKING, I WAS SENSITIVE TO THAT AND I DON'T WANT TO CAUSE ANYBODY ILL FEELINGS. I DON'T WANT TO CAUSE ANYBODY TROUBLE. IT'S VERY EASY FOR US, WE WERE PLANNING ON CHANGING THE PICTURES AND SOME OF THE THINGS ON AN ONGOING BASIS, SO WE TOOK SOME OF THEM DOWN. I WILL SAY THAT SENATOR MANSER, MY FRIEND FROM COLCHESTER.

>> DEMOCRATIC.

>> THAT'S RIGHT, WANTED TO BE SURE HIS QUOTE STAYED ON AND HE MADE THAT PERFECTLY CLEAR, THAT HE MEANT WHAT HE SAID AND HE WOULD BE -- HE WOULD BE UPSET WITH ME IF WE TOOK IT DOWN. SO WE KEPT HIS ON.

>> BUT YOU TOOK DOWN THE SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM.

>> THAERST'S RIGHT, AND I UNDERSTAND. AGAIN, I'M SENSITIVE TO THAT. HE'S A FRIEND OF MINE AND I RESPECT HIM AND I WANTED HIM TO BE ABLE TO FULFILL HIS POSITION.

>> IT'S ELECTION SEASON WHEN YOU HEAR THINGS LIKE THAT GOING AROUND. CURIOUS, WHY DID YOU DECIDE NOT TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR THIS TIME AROUND? THERE WAS A LOT OF TALK ABOUT YOUR NAME, OTHERS, A LOT OF DISCUSSION IN THE END. WHY DID YOU NOT WANT TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR?

>> WELL, I'M -- I THINK I AM THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AND I'M VERY HAPPY IN MY POSITION. I'VE LEARNED AN AWFUL LOT ABOUT VERMONT, CONTINUE TO LEARN A LOT ABOUT VERMONT, AND I THINK MY BACKGROUND LENDS ITSELF WELL, FROM A LEGISLATIVE PERSPECTIVE, I KNOW ALL THE PLAYERS, I KNOW HOW THE PROCESS WORKS, AND I THINK I CAN HELP IN THAT REGARD. I THINK I'M MORE EFFECTIVE IN THIS POSITION THAN ANY OTHER ONE AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

>> SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE CLOSING A DOOR ON A RUN FOR GOVERNOR THEN, THAT THIS JOB IS WHAT SUITS YOU.

>> I'M NOT RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR THIS YEAR, THAT'S RIGHT.

>> NEXT YEAR?

>> OH, I DON'T THINK WE HAVE AN ELECTION NEXT YEAR.

>> TWO YEARS?

>> WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.

>> YOU KNOW, IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, I THINK THERE'S SOME PRESSURE ON YOU AT TIMES BECAUSE YOU ARE AT THIS POINT THE HIGHEST RANKING REPUBLICAN IN THE STATE. THERE ARE A LOT OF DEMOCRATS ON THE BENCH WAITING TO COME UP. WE'VE ALREADY SEEN THAT WITH THE PRIMARY CHALLENGE FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WITH A YOUNGER DEMOCRAT WAITING TO GET INTO HIGHER OFFICE. ARE YOU SOMETIMES FEELING THAT PRESSURE FROM THE PARTY TO REPRESENT THE WHOLE PARTY FOR THE STATE?

>> I'M NOT SURE -- I THINK I DO FEEL SOME PRESSURE FROM PEOPLE THAT THINK I SHOULD RUN FOR GOVERNOR, BUT AGAIN, I'M PRETTY HAPPY DOING WHAT I'M DOING. I NEVER DREAMT, GROWING UP, OR ASPIRED TO BE GOVERNOR. I NEVER ASPIRED TO BE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR EITHER, BUT I'M HERE RIGHT NOW, AND WE'LL JUST HAVE TO SEE HOW THINGS FALL INTO PLACE. AGAIN, I'M PRETTY HAPPY DOING WHAT I'M DOING.

>> WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU ABOUT BEING LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR?

>> I THINK THAT -- I DON'T KNOW IF I HAVE ANY REAL SURPRISES. I THINK THAT IT'S A ROLE THAT YOU CAN MAKE WHATEVER YOU WANT OF IT AND I THINK I'VE LEARNED SOME INCREDIBLE AMOUNTS ABOUT VERMONT. AGAIN, I LIVE HERE ALL MY LIFE, 53 YEARS SO FAR, AND I CONTINUE TO GO TO PLACES I'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE, NEVER HEARD OF, AND I THINK THERE'S QUITE A FEW OTHERS OUT THERE THAT ARE YET TO BE SEEN. SO I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT AND GETTING TO KNOW THE BUSINESSES AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE DO THAT I NEVER, NEVER UNDERSTOOD BEFORE IN THE INNER WORKINGS OF AN ADMINISTRATION AND SO FORS FORTH, SO I THINK IT'S BEEN GOOD FOR ME AND I CAN LEARN MORE AND HELP MORE IN THE FUTURE.

>> FIM SCOTT, THE REPUBLICAN RUNNING FOR LUNES GOVERNOR. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.

>> THANK YOU.

>> AND HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY EVERYONE. TAKE CARE. CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY. CAPTION ASSOCIATES, LLC www.captionassociates.com

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    Rutland pharmacist accused of stealing meds

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:43:47 GMT
    In Rutland a pharmacist is accused of stealing meds from his employer. 32-year-old Brandon Cigana worked at the Walgreens Pharmacy on Woodstock Avenue. Prosecutors say he used his position there to access the pharmacy's inventory stealing regulated drugs like benzodiazepines, Hydrocodone and Suboxone for himself without a prescription. The Whitehall, New York man faces up to two years behind bars.More >>
    In Rutland a pharmacist is accused of stealing meds from his employer. 32-year-old Brandon Cigana worked at the Walgreens Pharmacy on Woodstock Avenue. Prosecutors say he used his position there to access the pharmacy's inventory stealing regulated drugs like benzodiazepines, Hydrocodone and Suboxone for himself without a prescription. The Whitehall, New York man faces up to two years behind bars.More >>
  • Drug bust in Burlington's Old North End

    Drug bust in Burlington's Old North End

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:44:04 GMT
    Police made a drug bust Wednesday night in Burlington's Old North End. Police and the U.S. Marshal's raided this home on Cedar Street around 8 o'clock. They say they seized heroin and cocaine. Six people were inside when authorities went in. But they're not saying how many arrests were made. The raid was part of an ongoing drug investigation.More >>
    Police made a drug bust Wednesday night in Burlington's Old North End. Police and the U.S. Marshal's raided this home on Cedar Street around 8 o'clock. They say they seized heroin and cocaine. Six people were inside when authorities went in. But they're not saying how many arrests were made. The raid was part of an ongoing drug investigation.More >>
  • Fire damages Lyndonville tree farm

    Fire damages Lyndonville tree farm

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:44:21 GMT
    Fire has damaged ten acres of a Lyndonville tree farm. Eight department were called in to battle the blaze. And it took four hours to get the flames under control. Fire officals say a discarded cigarette combined with dry conditions are to blame. One firefighter suffered from minor smoke inhalation.More >>
    Fire has damaged ten acres of a Lyndonville tree farm. Eight department were called in to battle the blaze. And it took four hours to get the flames under control. Fire officals say a discarded cigarette combined with dry conditions are to blame. One firefighter suffered from minor smoke inhalation.More >>
  • A warning for bird watchers: Give eagles space

    A warning for bird watchers: Give eagles space

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:44:36 GMT
    Bird watchers are being reminded to give nesting bald eagles plenty of space. The Vermont Fish Wildlife Department is urging anyone who sees a nesting eagle not to get closer than 300 feet. Activity too close to their nest can result in them abandoning their young. Harassing a bald eagle is illegal and a violation of the state endangered species statute.More >>
    Bird watchers are being reminded to give nesting bald eagles plenty of space. The Vermont Fish Wildlife Department is urging anyone who sees a nesting eagle not to get closer than 300 feet. Activity too close to their nest can result in them abandoning their young. Harassing a bald eagle is illegal and a violation of the state endangered species statute.More >>
  • Gun fired into New Haven home

    Gun fired into New Haven home

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:44:48 GMT
    Police are searching for who fired a gun into a home in New Haven. It happened late Tuesday night at 2420 Munger Street. Police say a bullet passed through a window of the home. Luckily no one was hurt. Investigators say a stop sign at the intersection of Munger Street and Cobble Road had also been shot. Anyone with information should call state police.More >>
    Police are searching for who fired a gun into a home in New Haven. It happened late Tuesday night at 2420 Munger Street. Police say a bullet passed through a window of the home. Luckily no one was hurt. Investigators say a stop sign at the intersection of Munger Street and Cobble Road had also been shot. Anyone with information should call state police.More >>
  • What triggered a shooting inside the Bennington police station?

    What triggered a shooting inside the Bennington police station?

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:57:35 GMT
    A Bennington man is in stable condition after being shot by an officer inside the Bennington Police Department. Investigators say Gregory Filo had a knife and was behaving erratically.More >>
    A Bennington man is in stable condition after being shot by an officer inside the Bennington Police Department. Investigators say Gregory Filo had a knife and was behaving erratically.More >>
  • Former Fortune 500 exec indicted in fatal NH crash

    Former Fortune 500 exec indicted in fatal NH crash

    A New Hampshire grand jury has indicted a former Fortune 500 executive on second-degree murder charges in connection with a crash that killed a Vermont couple in December.More >>
    A New Hampshire grand jury has indicted a former Fortune 500 executive on second-degree murder charges in a crash that killed a Vermont couple in December.More >>
  • Convicted Vt. embezzler charged with stealing from employer

    Convicted Vt. embezzler charged with stealing from employer

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:24:36 GMT
    Nearly two decades after her first conviction, a white-collar criminal returns to court once again charged with stealing from her employer. More >>
    Nearly two decades after her first conviction, a white-collar criminal returns to court once again charged with stealing from her employer.
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