For Immediate Release
April 25, 2017

Jeff Bartley, Executive Director
Vermont Republican Party


After spending nearly $300,000 in 2016 to support Vermont’s left, Montpelier refuses to take up initiatives to decrease the burden on taxpayers

Berlin, VT - In 2016, Vermonters overwhelmingly supported Governor Phil Scott, and his mission to grow the economy and make Vermont a more affordable place to live. With ballooning budgets and rapidly increasing property taxes across Vermont, Governor Scott has made a priority of his administration to ease these crushing burdens.

Today, Governor Phil Scott, surrounded by school board members and superintendents, continued to champion a plan that would save taxpayers up to $26 million annually, AND hold teachers’ health benefits harmless. Despite these cost savings and zero threat to teachers, Democrats and Progressives pander to the Vermont NEA; the same group that spent nearly $300,000 dollars in the 2016 election.

In response to House and Senate Democrat leaders blocking discussions on these savings, Jeff Bartley, Executive Director of the Vermont Republican Party, issued the following statement:

“Only in Montpelier would a proposal to save taxpayers $26 million dollars, turn political. But this shouldn’t be surprising as the Democratic leadership in Montpelier has become accustomed to doing the bidding of the Vermont NEA.

“By carrying the NEA’s water, the left-wing leadership of Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, Senate Pro Tempore Tim Ashe, and Speaker Mitzi Johnson, remain focused on stocking their campaign war chests with hundreds of thousands of dollars. Democrats in Montpelier are more interested in pleasing the Vermont NEA and other special interest groups like VPIRG, than they are in doing what is best for all Vermonters.

“We call on Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, Senate Pro Tempore Tim Ashe, Speaker Mitzi Johnson, and the Vermont Democratic Party to stop standing with special interests and start standing up for Vermont taxpayers who are being crushed by rapidly increasing taxes every year.

“It’s sad and unfortunate the left will not stand up for all Vermonters, but only for those who contribute to their campaigns.”