High Priority Recruitment to Win in 2018
We need your help!
For the first time in nearly a decade, Democrats don’t have a veto-proof majority and can be held accountable for their failed fiscal policies and reckless spending. But, as the Democrat’s opposition to Governor Scott’s proposal to save taxpayers millions of dollars without requiring cuts shows, it is not enough. We need more Republicans running and winning if we are truly going to change the direction of Vermont’s economy and make our state more affordable.
In 2018, we have an important opportunity to recruit more common sense, fiscally responsible candidates to run for the Legislature.
As many of you know, there was recently a close vote in the Vermont House of Representatives on Governor Scott’s proposal to save $75 million in the Education Fund. Under the Governor’s proposal, nearly $50 million of the $75 million in savings would be used to make sure employees don’t have to pay more for health care and $25 million would be returned to taxpayers annually through reduced property taxes. It’s a true win-win for school employees and taxpayers. That’s why it is strongly supported by the Vermont School Boards Association and the Vermont Superintendents Association!
However, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) cast a rare vote (the Speaker does not usually vote) causing a tie and blocking Governor Scott’s common sense plan.
Speaker Johnson and her caucus have been refusing to save taxpayers up to $26 million each year, just to carry favor with the teachers’ union – one of their biggest political donors. And, now, under intense pressure from voters to do the right thing, they are scrambling. But we shouldn’t let them forget that if it wasn’t for Governor Scott and Republican lawmakers, they wouldn’t be talking about this opportunity to save you money at all!
WE MUST BRING MORE BALANCE TO MONTPELIER
Looking ahead to next year, the 74 Democrats and Progressives who voted against the savings are vulnerable. With formidable candidates, we are committed to winning these races in 2018. The most targeted seats are those filled by Democrats and Progressives representing districts that strongly supported Governor Scott over Sue Minter.
WHERE WE CAN FIND WINNING CANDIDATES
The Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA) is strongly supportive of the Governor’s plan. The proposal would allow school board members to focus more on the quality of education, while delivering their constituents millions of dollars in savings and property tax relief. The fact that the Democrats we’ve identified have opposed this idea may make your local school board members ideal candidates in 2018 -- both for the House and Senate.
Please reach out to your local school board members and encourage them to run in 2018.
This debate in Montpelier is a perfect demonstration of why we MUST have more fiscally responsible legislators to help advance Governor Scott’s pro-growth affordability agenda!
We have an enormous opportunity to make gains in the Vermont House in 2018. Prospecting school board members is a critical first step towards doing so.
Will you help us by reaching out to your local boards? With strong, fiscally responsible and pro-growth candidates we can win again in 2018 and help Governor Scott strengthen the economy, make Vermont more affordable, and protect the most vulnerable!