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Phil Scott on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Abortion isn't a black-and-white issue, but I'm pro-choice. (Mar 2012)
  • No taxpayer funding for abortion; but ok for family planning. (Mar 2012)
  • Enshrine reproductive rights in Vermont's constitution. (Sep 2022)
Phil Scott on Budget & Economy
Click here for 6 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • We're spending beyond our means; but cuts instead of taxes. (Jan 2015)
  • I won't sign a budget that exceeds reasonable limits. (Dec 2015)
  • We don't need more taxes; we need more taxpayers. (Jan 2020)
  • We must recognize housing policy is workforce policy. (Jan 2022)
  • Focus on affordability, economic growth & protect vulnerable. (Oct 2022)
  • Invest ARPA funds in transformative infrastructure projects. (Feb 2022)
Phil Scott on Civil Rights
Click here for 5 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Include disability quality-of-life issues in public spaces. (Nov 2012)
  • Ballot initiative ok; don't legislatively re-define marriage. (Apr 2009)
  • Supports gay marriage and transgender bathroom rights. (Oct 2016)
  • Support peaceful march against bias & discrimination. (Jan 2017)
  • Review recommendations from a Racial Equity Task Force. (Jul 2020)
Phil Scott on Corporations
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  • Agency of Economic Opportunity: help find qualified workers. (Jan 2017)
Phil Scott on Crime
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  • Private prisons needed because full cost borne by state. (Aug 2016)
  • Close Windsor prison; expand home detention monitoring. (Jan 2017)
  • Address racial disparities in criminal justice. (May 2017)
Phil Scott on Drugs
Click here for 8 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Supports growing industrial hemp in Vermont. (Nov 2012)
  • No legalization at this time; but I'm not saying never. (Sep 2016)
  • Address opiate addiction via prevention & enforcement. (Sep 2016)
  • Make low-level marijuana possession legal for adults. (Jan 2018)
  • Add regulated marijuana sales to legalized possession. (Oct 2020)
  • 4-legged stool: prevention, treatment, recovery, enforcement. (Sep 2022)
  • Vetoed feasibility study on overdose prevention site. (Sep 2022)
  • No resources for injection sites; no recreational pot. (Oct 2022)
Phil Scott on Education
Click here for 9 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Age-appropriate sex education in schools. (Mar 2012)
  • Preserve school choice; improve Act 46 school consolidation. (Aug 2016)
  • Realign funding toward early care and trades training. (Jan 2017)
  • $4M to state colleges; low tuition increases thru 2021. (Jan 2017)
  • Statewide funding inserts Montpelier into school decisions. (Dec 2017)
  • $1M more for VSAC non-traditional pathways for jobs. (Jan 2019)
  • Build the country's best cradle-to-career education system. (Jan 2020)
  • Investing in childcare a top priority; address inequities. (Jan 2021)
  • Time we end the stigma around career and technical education. (Jan 2022)
Phil Scott on Energy & Oil
Click here for 7 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Supports renewable energy investment. (Nov 2010)
  • Combat climate change & reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. (Sep 2016)
  • Tax holiday on hybrids, electric vehicles, & green products. (Jan 2017)
  • $1.5M in rebates for 50,000 electric cars by 2025. (Jan 2019)
  • Use funds to help Vermonters purchase electric vehicles. (Jan 2020)
  • Opposes any regressive carbon tax. (Jul 2020)
  • Move closer to climate goals, diversify the green economy. (Feb 2022)
Phil Scott on Environment
Click here for 4 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Reduce chemicals in consumer goods, when evidence warrants. (Mar 2012)
  • Support local agriculture; they're stewards of our land. (Nov 2012)
  • $50M for clean-up of our impaired waterways. (Jan 2017)
  • Ease regulations: flexibility for forestry & farms. (Jan 2019)
Phil Scott on Families & Children
Click here for 4 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • $800,000 for Guardians ad Litem for kids of drug addicts. (Jan 2017)
  • Increased spending on childcare & early learning. (Mar 2019)
  • $7.5 million for Child Care Financial Assistance. (Jan 2017)
  • Expand Childcare Financial Assistance Program. (Feb 2022)
Phil Scott on Foreign Policy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Phil Scott on Free Trade
Click here for 4 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Buying local isn't just for hippies anymore. (Nov 2014)
  • Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA. (Oct 2018)
  • Congress should pass USMCA trade deal. (Jun 2019)
  • Opposed tariffs on Canadian products. (Nov 2020)
Phil Scott on Government Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Keep Electoral College instead of presidential popular vote. (Feb 2009)
  • Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors. (Apr 2008)
  • Vote-by-mail bill became law without his signature. (Nov 2020)
  • The fabric of our democracy is under attack. (Jan 2021)
Phil Scott on Gun Control
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  • Enforce existing gun laws; Vermont is no gun trafficker. (Sep 2016)
  • Seven business day waiting period for background checks. (Mar 2022)
  • Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2010)
Phil Scott on Health Care
Click here for 6 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Affordable health care? Yes; single-payer? No. (Sep 2015)
  • Replace dysfunctional Vermont Health Connect with subsidies. (Sep 2016)
  • Must increase affordability of health insurance. (Jan 2020)
  • Time to cap annual increases, prioritize prevention. (Jan 2021)
  • Increase mental health beds, expand suicide prevention. (Jan 2022)
  • Add more areas to mobile mental health response initiative. (Feb 2022)
Phil Scott on Homeland Security
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  • $500,000 for college scholarships for veterans at UVM. (Jan 2017)
  • Repeal the tax on military retirement pay. (Jul 2020)
Phil Scott on Immigration
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  • Protect DREAMers instead of deporting them. (Dec 2017)
Phil Scott on Jobs
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  • Deal with Vermont's shrinking workforce population. (Jan 2017)
  • Supported right-to-work, vetoed family medical leave. (Nov 2020)
  • Vetoed bill that raised minimum wage. (Nov 2020)
  • Invest more to help cover interns' wages. (Jan 2022)
  • Tie increases to the minimum wage to the cost of living. (Jul 2020)
  • Recruit and relocate workers and families to Vermont. (Feb 2022)
Phil Scott on Principles & Values
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  • The right leader at the right time. (Sep 2016)
Phil Scott on Social Security
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  • Enacted state tax relief on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2018)
Phil Scott on Tax Reform
Click here for 9 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Property taxes shouldn't grow faster than property values. (Sep 2015)
  • Balanced budget without raising taxes. (Jan 2018)
  • Increase estate tax exemption from $2.75M to $5.75M. (Jan 2019)
  • Scott and Republicans blocked many new taxes. (Aug 2018)
  • Tax burden takes a toll on economic development. (Aug 2018)
  • Reduce unemployment payroll tax without impacting benefits. (Jan 2021)
  • Will propose a balanced and progressive tax relief package. (Jan 2022)
  • Let's eliminate the tax on military pensions. (Jan 2022)
  • Exempt more retirees, low-income workers, student interest. (Feb 2022)
Phil Scott on Technology
Click here for 4 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Reform alternative utility regulation; no executive bonuses. (Oct 2016)
  • Alliance with Microsoft for digital skills, computer science. (Jan 2019)
  • State invests in expanding broadband connectivity. (Jun 2019)
  • We must continue to expand access to broadband. (Jan 2020)
Phil Scott on War & Peace
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Phil Scott on Welfare & Poverty
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  • $35 million housing bond for full spectrum of housing. (Jan 2017)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Abortion isn't a black-and-white issue, but I'm pro-choice: Favors topic 1
No taxpayer funding for abortion; but ok for family planning: Favors topic 1
Enshrine reproductive rights in Vermont's constitution: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Include disability quality-of-life issues in public spaces: Favors topic 2
Support peaceful march against bias & discrimination: Strongly Favors topic 2
Review recommendations from a Racial Equity Task Force: Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Ballot initiative ok; don't legislatively re-define marriage: Opposes topic 3
Supports gay marriage and transgender bathroom rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Age-appropriate sex education in schools: Opposes topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Affordable health care? Yes; single-payer? No: Opposes topic 5
Replace dysfunctional Vermont Health Connect with subsidies: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Must increase affordability of health insurance: Favors topic 5
Time to cap annual increases, prioritize prevention: Favors topic 5
Increase mental health beds, expand suicide prevention: Favors topic 5
Add more areas to mobile mental health response initiative: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Enacted state tax relief on Social Security benefits: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Preserve school choice; improve Act 46 school consolidation: Favors topic 7
Realign funding toward early care and trades training: Opposes topic 7
Statewide funding inserts Montpelier into school decisions: Favors topic 7
Build the country's best cradle-to-career education system: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Investing in childcare a top priority; address inequities: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Time we end the stigma around career and technical education: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Alliance with Microsoft for digital skills, computer science: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+2 points on Social scale)
Reduce chemicals in consumer goods, when evidence warrants: Opposes topic 8
Support local agriculture; they're stewards of our land: Opposes topic 8
$50M for clean-up of our impaired waterways: Opposes topic 8
Ease regulations: flexibility for forestry & farms: Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Private prisons needed because full cost borne by state: Favors topic 9
Close Windsor prison; expand home detention monitoring: Opposes topic 9
Address racial disparities in criminal justice: Opposes topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Enforce existing gun laws; Vermont is no gun trafficker: Strongly Favors topic 10
Seven business day waiting period for background checks: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Property taxes shouldn't grow faster than property values: Opposes topic 11
Balanced budget without raising taxes: Opposes topic 11
Increase estate tax exemption from $2.75M to $5.75M: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Scott and Republicans blocked many new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tax burden takes a toll on economic development: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reduce unemployment payroll tax without impacting benefits: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Will propose a balanced and progressive tax relief package: Opposes topic 11
Exempt more retirees, low-income workers, student interest: Neutral on topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Protect DREAMers instead of deporting them: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Buying local isn't just for hippies anymore: Opposes topic 13
Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA: Favors topic 13
Congress should pass USMCA trade deal: Strongly Favors topic 13
Opposed tariffs on Canadian products: Strongly Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
$500,000 for college scholarships for veterans at UVM: Favors topic 15
Repeal the tax on military retirement pay: Favors topic 15
Let's eliminate the tax on military pensions: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Keep Electoral College instead of presidential popular vote: Opposes topic 16
Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors: Favors topic 16
Vote-by-mail bill became law without his signature: Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports renewable energy investment: Strongly Favors topic 18
Combat climate change & reduce our reliance on fossil fuels: Strongly Favors topic 18
Tax holiday on hybrids, electric vehicles, & green products: Strongly Favors topic 18
$1.5M in rebates for 50,000 electric cars by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Use funds to help Vermonters purchase electric vehicles: Favors topic 18
Opposes any regressive carbon tax: Opposes topic 18
Move closer to climate goals, diversify the green economy: Strongly Favors topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(0 points on Social scale)
Supports growing industrial hemp in Vermont: Opposes topic 19
No legalization at this time; but I'm not saying never: Favors topic 19
Address opiate addiction via prevention & enforcement: Strongly Favors topic 19
Make low-level marijuana possession legal for adults: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Add regulated marijuana sales to legalized possession: Strongly Opposes topic 19
4-legged stool: prevention, treatment, recovery, enforcement: Favors topic 19
Vetoed feasibility study on overdose prevention site: Strongly Opposes topic 19
No resources for injection sites; no recreational pot: Strongly Favors topic 19
$800,000 for Guardians ad Litem for kids of drug addicts: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
We're spending beyond our means; but cuts instead of taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20
I won't sign a budget that exceeds reasonable limits: Strongly Opposes topic 20
We don't need more taxes; we need more taxpayers: Strongly Favors topic 20
We must recognize housing policy is workforce policy: Strongly Favors topic 20
Invest more to help cover interns' wages: Favors topic 20
Recruit and relocate workers and families to Vermont: Strongly Favors topic 20

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