Ben Sarle - Director of Communications & Outreach
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Vermont Democrats Fact Check VT GOP
MONTPELIER, VT — All week, the Vermont Democratic Party has been pushing back on the VTGOP's efforts to sully Vermont's reputation for their own political gain. While the VTGOP thinks they can spin their way to political advancement, the truth tells a different story. Republicans were in control of state Government from 2003 to 2010, and here is their record during that tenure: Vermont saw a decrease of 1,000 jobs, the unemployment rate spiked from 4.5% to 6.1%, the number of unemployed Vermonters increased by 40%, and state General Fund revenues declined 40% of the time.
Since Vermont Democrats took the reins in 2011, they have worked hard to repair the damage. Here is our record since 2011: Vermont has added 11,800 jobs, the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.2%, the number of unemployed Vermonters fell by 31%, and state General Fund revenues have rebounded, growing every year and by almost $300 million in total.
The record speaks for itself. No matter what the VTGOP and their spinsters say.
Fact: Job Losses Under Republicans, Job Growth Under Democrats
Under Republican control from January 2003 to December 2010, Vermont lost 1,000 jobs overall. The private sector did especially poorly under Republicans, losing 3,500 jobs during that same time period. In fact, Republicans leaving office turned out to be a good thing for jobs in Vermont. Since Republicans were ousted from the Governor's office in 2010, Vermont has added 11,800 jobs, with 11,200 of those coming in the private sector. To see the data, CLICK HERE.
Fact: Unemployment Recovers After Democrats Take Control
Further, Vermont's unemployment rate has recovered from the damage done by Republicans. Under Republican leadership from 2003 to 2010, Vermont's unemployment rate rose from 4.5 percent to 6.1 percent. Since Gov. Peter Shumlin and Democrats took control of state government, the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.2 percent.
Fact: Under Republican control from 2003 to 2010, the number of unemployed Vermonters spiked by 40%
After Republicans were finished with eight years of control of the Governor's office, the unemployment rate had spiked by 40%, jumping from 15,650 in January 2003 when Gov. Jim Douglas took office to 21,850 in December 2010 when he left.
Fact: Under Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin, the number of unemployed Vermonters has decreased by 31%.
When Gov. Shumlin took office in January 2011, there were 21,550 unemployed Vermonters. In December 2014, that number had dropped to 14,950, a decrease of 31%.
Fact: State Revenues Declined Under Republicans
For three of the eight years of Republicans control under Gov. Jim Douglas, state General Fund revenues actually declined, falling in 2008, 2009, and 2010. That means that under Republican control, state General Fund revenues actually were less than the year before almost 40 percent of the time.
Fact: Revenues Have Grown Every Year Under Democrats
Since Democrats took control in 2011, state General Fund revenues have grown every single year, steadily recovering from the damage done from the economic recession and Republican policy choices. In fact, since Democrats took control, state General Fund revenues have grown by nearly $300 million.