State of Vermont Archives: on Corporations


Phil Scott: Agency of Economic Opportunity: help find qualified workers

To better support our commitments to social justice, the environment, education, affordable healthcare, and more, it's essential we grow the economy. Last week, I signed an Executive Order to create the Agency of Economic Opportunity, which will align the Agency of Commerce and Community Development with the Department of Labor.

I'm already hearing some resistance to the idea. I understand this is not how we've always done things. But, for the life of me, I cannot see how we can stand by the status quo, knowing the workforce challenges we face. For years, we have all heard from employers who cannot fill positions. They are pleading for more qualified workers. At the same time, we all know Vermonters who cannot find jobs, or who work two or three jobs to make ends meet.

In this new Agency, we will literally put those in state government who help Vermonters find jobs shoulder-to-shoulder with those helping businesses create jobs.

Source: 2017 Vermont State of the State address Jan 25, 2017

Patrick Leahy: Amend Constitutional to declare corporations are NOT people

Q: Do you support a Constitutional amendment to reverse the effects of the Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, which opened the floodgates to unlimited contributions to political campaigns.

Leahy: The Citizens United decision was a strike at the core of our democracy with few other decisions having such a negative impact on our political process. I advocated for campaign finance reform before the Citizens United decision. As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and on the heels of the disastrous McCutcheon decision, I led the debate for a Constitutional Amendment to rein in the influence of billionaires and make it clear that corporations are NOT people. I fully intend to continue to lead this fight if I am re-elected to the US Senate. Continuing to fight the influence of big money in politics by championing a constitutional amendment to declare once and for all that corporations are not people and overturn the devastating Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

Source: Vote411.org League of Women Voters: 2016 Vermont Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

Matt Dunne: State manager to help each manufacturer navigate rules

Google Executive Matt Dunne stressed innovation and education at the core of his plans to grow manufacturing. "Under my administration, every manufacturing business in the state of Vermont would have a project manager to work on their behalf to make sure that you are not having to navigate state government from one agency to another to be able to make the changes you know are necessary," Dunne said.
Source: WCAX coverage of 2016 Vermont gubernatorial debates Dec 16, 2015

Peter Shumlin: Getting credit to entrepreneurs when they need it grows jobs

A year ago at this podium, [after Tropical Storm Irene], I pledged the following: My jobs agenda will expand the ability of emerging entrepreneurs and businesses to get access to capital when they need it most.

Partnering with the Vermont Economic Development Authority, we created an emergency low interest loan program that got credit of up to $100,000 to crippled job creators within days. More than 340 businesses and farms were granted loans, totaling $15.3 million. With liquidity, Vermont ingenuity and hard work, miracle after miracle happened as business after business reopened.

The lesson for Vermont government in helping to grow jobs in Vermont is simple: Getting credit to entrepreneurs when they need it most grows prosperity and grows jobs. In fact, there is nothing standing in the way of Vermont's job creators that cannot be made right by a partnership with state government and expedited risk credit for businesses when others won't lend.

Source: Vermont 2012 State of the State Address Jan 5, 2012

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