Phil Scott in 2021 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Education: Investing in childcare a top priority; address inequities

Despite the nearly $2 billion we spend educating 83,000 students, we know there are drastic differences from district to district and not all kids get off to the same start. To me, this is the most glaring example of inequity that exists in our state and it cuts directly across regional, economic and racial lines. We must fix this, and we should start by making sure all kids have a solid foundation. That's why I've made investing in childcare a top priority.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Vermont legislature Jan 7, 2021

On Health Care: Time to cap annual increases, prioritize prevention

We also need to contain healthcare costs in the long run. With that in mind, I believe it's time to set a cap on annual increases and continue moving to a system where we pay for quality, not just quantity--and do so in a way that prioritizes prevention on the part of the patient as well as the provider. These are the goals of the All-Payer Model, which you might have heard about over the last three years.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Vermont legislature Jan 7, 2021

On Tax Reform: Reduce unemployment payroll tax without impacting benefits

We have to remember that most businesses are small and owned by our neighbors. We must help employers in responsible ways, like reducing--not increasing--the cost of unemployment insurance without impacting benefits to the unemployed. And surely we can't add to the burden with a payroll tax on them or their workers.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Vermont legislature Jan 7, 2021

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