At IP capital, a Williston business that deals with patents for new ideas, gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock launched his own 25 point plan to create jobs. Brock is a millionaire who started his own security business decades ago in Middlebury.
"I achieved the American dream here. I started a business here and grew it and I'm not sure I could do that today in the same way and I want other people to achieve their dream," Brock said.
The Republican wants to speed up permitting by consolidating state permits and having municipal and state permits move parallel at the same time. He also wants to create what he calls a "business in a box plan," where state government would come up with business ideas and find private funding that Vermonters could then run.
"In a homegrown, state-sponsored, assisted, franchise opportunity for people who are unemployed," Brock said.
Brock said if elected he would cut state spending by cutting state government. He said with upcoming retirements, the state government workforce of about 8-thousand could shrink by 10 percent. He said change is needed -- pointing to Forbes Magazine's ranking of Vermont the 47th worst state to do business.
"The key is to be realistic, not look at things with rose colored glasses, but to look at the issues and take measures to deal with them," he said.
Brock does not know how many jobs his plan will create or the total cost, but he says too many Vermonters are dependent on state government assistance. "Our job is to help people who have fallen down so they can bounce up and so the best way to bounce up and cure dependency is with a job, and that's what my plan does," he said. "Where is his jobs plan?"
"We have more work to do but we are on track," Governor Peter Shumlin responded Monday.
Shumlin said he wants to have the jobs debate and thinks Vermont is a in good position. The state's unemployment rate is 5.3 percent, the 5th lowest in the country.
"I'm not going to speak specifically to his plan but I think what we've done in the last 24 months is working and if we can get another 24 months we will continue to see better results in growing jobs," Shumlin added.
While Governor Shumlin tried to avoid talking specifics about Brocks plan, he did say that he does not think it's possible to cut state goverment anymore and that in his two years he's actually added some positions back.
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