FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director
Scott Stands Alone in Rejecting Minimum Wage Increase
June 2, 2016
Montpelier, VT Out of the five leading candidates in the Democratic and Republican primaries, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is the only candidate who rejects raising the minimum wage. When asked on the VSEA candidate questionnaire if they supported a living wage for Vermonters, only Scott refused to support an increase to our state’s minimum wage.
“Phil Scott’s rejection of a minimum wage increase is unacceptable,” said VDP spokesperson Christina Amestoy. “Vermonters deserve fair pay for the work they do. No one should have work multiple jobs just to try and live above the poverty line.”
This isn’t the first time Scott has refused to stand up for working Vermonters; a few years ago he voted against even an incremental increase that would have raised Vermont’s minimum wage from $7.00 to $7.25 an hour.
“For a candidate that preaches affordability, Scott’s refusal to give hardworking Vermonters the ability to make a living wage is outrageous. If he doesn’t believe our families deserve better wages, he doesn’t deserve to serve,” continued Ms Amestoy. “A candidate who hosts a launch party with a $16,000 price tag, but won’t fight to give a working Vermonter the same annual income is the wrong choice for Vermont.”
“We are proud of our three leading Democratic candidates who are all fighting for a true livable minimum wage. Vermonters deserve fair pay for their hard work and as Democrats we will continue to push for this.”
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