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Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director
Before Final Debate, Democrats Call on Phil Scott to Finally Address his “Half-Baked” Economic Plans
Dems deliver Ben & Jerry’s “Half Baked” Ice Cream To Scott’s Campaign To Encourage Them To Answer Key Questions
November 3, 2016
Burlington, VT Leading up to tonight’s final debate in the gubernatorial campaign, Vermont Democratic Party Executive Director Conor Casey and Vermont Democratic Party leadership sent a special delivery to Phil Scott’s campaign to encourage him to finally address the gaping holes in his “half-baked” economic plans. To make the point sweeter, Casey had the letter delivered with a few pints of Ben & Jerry’s “Half Baked” ice cream.
In the letter delivered to a Republican campaign office today, the Democrats criticized Scott’s economic plan for leaving out critical issues and entire Vermont communities that play a vital role in creating jobs in Vermont’s economy. The letter also referenced the campaign’s own problems defending his plans, from not being able to tell the press what his priority would be, to admitting the penny plan was just a concept, and having to change his capital gain policy weeks after its release after realizing it was “based on wrong information.”
“Tonight’s debate on Vermont Public Radio is your final chance to explain these “half-baked” ideas to Vermont voters, we urge you to finally own up to these huge holes in your economic plan,” the letter reads.
Democrats used the occasion to deliver Ben & Jerry’s famous “Half Baked” ice cream to drive home their point on what was missing from Scott’s plans. “We hope you and your campaign enjoy this “Half Baked” ice cream, on us,” the letter concludes.
Read the full letter below:
Before the final debate of the election cycle, we hope you and your campaign enjoy these pints of Ben & Jerry’s “Half Baked” ice cream. We thought it was especially fitting for you, because after reading through your campaign’s forty-page economic plan, "half-baked" was the first thing that came to mind.
Your nearly 16,000-word plan of how to grow Vermont’s economy is half-baked on two key fronts:
Your plan leaves out critical issues facing Vermont’s economy, and it leaves out entire Vermont communities that play an invaluable role in creating jobs and opportunity for Vermonters.
In plans that you do lay out, you yourself even admitted they’re not fully thought out or "half-baked” if you will.
Since tonight’s debate on Vermont Public Radio is your final chance to explain these “half-baked” ideas to Vermont voters, we urge you to finally own up to these huge holes in your economic plan:
In a forty-page plan, you don’t mention “paid leave,” “paid family leave,” “equal pay,” or “child care” once. You only mention the word “woman” or “women” three times, and never is it in the context of these issues that are critical for the economic security of Vermont women and families.
You don’t mention “climate change” or “global warming” once in your entire plan. We know you are “not a scientist,” but climate change is real, it’s being impacted by humans, and we need to do something about it to grow our economy and protect our planet for the future.
As a means to reduce government spending, you suggested saving one penny for every dollar spent in state government-- a “penny plan”. This is a carbon copy of Donald Trump’s economic plan, and just like Donald Trump, your penny plan is short on specifics. You give no specifics on how it will work, and even worse, you yourself admitted that the plan isn’t fully thought out. A perfect example of a "half-baked" proposal.
You completely ignore minimum and low-wage workers, many of whom are working full time but still live in poverty. These hardworking Vermonters deserve a governor who will address the real economic challenges they’re facing every day, not gloss over their concerns.
In addressing education, your plan completely leaves out the very-real concern of college affordability for our students and families. Making sure our students get the education they need without mountains of student loan debt is critical to building a strong economy. By 2020, two-thirds of jobs will require post-secondary education. How are you going to strengthen the economy if you don't have a plan to address college accessibility and affordability?
Tonight’s debate is your final chance to come clean to Vermont voters about why your economic ideas are “half-baked,” missing key segments of Vermont’s population, and not well thought out.
We hope you do just that, and we hope you and your campaign enjoy this “Half Baked” ice cream, on us.
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