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Scott: State of State should have focused more on economy

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Will Gov. Peter Shumlin's call for action on opiate addiction draw needed attention from state fiscal issues? That's the concern of some Republicans in Montpelier.

The governor's State of the State address focused on the growing opiate problem, leaving some lawmakers concerned about other priorities.

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott told us though he thinks it was appropriate to address the addiction issue, growing the economy should have been a larger focus.

"I applaud him for bringing the subject up, but we have some other issues we need to deal with, as well. Some of those being the economy, our jobs, our future and how we're going to pay for those things. And I was hopeful the governor would speak about that in the budget address, as well," said Scott, R-Vermont.

You can catch the rest of that interview with the lieutenant governor, including what he thinks are the challenges businesses face in the state, coming up this Sunday on "You Can Quote Me" on Channel 3 at 11 a.m.

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