| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Peter Shumlin: Assist companies doing stem cell research in Vermont.
John MacGovern: Opposes abortion in most cases.
Phil Scott: Abortion isn't a black-and-white issue, but I'm pro-choice.
Phil Scott: No taxpayer funding for abortion; but ok for family planning.
Richard Tarrant: No litmus tests; majority don’t want Roe overturned.
Matt Dunne: Abortions should always be legally available.
Budget & Economy|
Phil Scott: We're spending beyond our means; but cuts instead of taxes.
Peter Shumlin: Get back to fiscal responsibility, post-stimulus.
Greg Parke: Constitutional gay marriage ban is democracy in action.
Richard Tarrant: Don’t use Constitution on special interest like gay marriage.
Bernie Sanders: Bush’s tracking citizens’ phone call patterns is illegal.
Matt Dunne: Equal benefits for same sex couples.
Peter Shumlin: Getting credit to entrepreneurs when they need it grows jobs.
Peter Shumlin: Help keep non-violent offenders out of jail.
Matt Dunne: More prisons, but more rehab programs too.
Peter Shumlin: Address drug addiction as a public health crisis.
Phil Scott: Supports growing industrial hemp in Vermont.
Peter Shumlin: War on recidivism: $300,000 for methadone treatment.
Shap Smith: Larger school districts improve quality & control costs.
Peter Shumlin: Dual enrollment for high school students to state college.
Phil Scott: Age-appropriate sex education in schools.
Larry Drown: Strong Public Education.
Matt Dunne: More funding for public schools & teachers.
Energy & Oil|
Shap Smith: More programs for LIHEAP and home weatherization.
Larry Drown: Don’t drill for oil in our national parks.
Matt Dunne: Promote alternative fuels and renewable energy.
Shap Smith: Our waterways are under threat from decades of pollution.
Phil Scott: Support local agriculture; they're stewards of our land.
Phil Scott: Reduce chemicals in consumer goods, when evidence warrants.
Peter Shumlin: Clean up Lake Champlain: federal waivers & local flexibility.
Matt Dunne: Supports open space preservation & brownfield cleanup.
Larry Drown: Bring back honesty and openness into government.
Matt Dunne: Strengthen restrictions on the purchase & possession of guns.
Matt Dunne: Strengthen enforcement of existing state gun restrictions.
Phil Scott: Affordable health care? Yes; single-payer? No.
John MacGovern: Dislikes President Obama's health care act.
Larry Drown: Healthcare that works for everyone.
Matt Dunne: State should provide universal access to health care.
Howard Dean: Universal access for all Vermonters; insure the last 6%.
Howard Dean: Keep “community rating”: insure older people at same rates.
Patrick Leahy: End the NSA's bulk collection program.
Bernie Sanders: F-35 fighter planes OK at Burlington Airport.
John MacGovern: No noisy F-35 fighter planes at Burlington Airport.
Larry Drown: Maintain strong Armed Forces.
Richard Tarrant: We must sacrifice some rights & privacy in times of war.
Peter Shumlin: Create Innovation Zones targeted to regional job needs.
Peter Shumlin: Vermont unemployment rate, 5.3%, is among lowest in America.
Larry Drown: Jobs in America based on alternative energy industry.
Peter Shumlin: Tropical Storm Irene recovery: we rebuilt faster & smarter.
Principles & Values|
Peter Shumlin: Retiring after three terms to return to the business world.
Bernie Sanders: Lost campaigns in 1972, 1974 & 1988 before winning in 1990.
John MacGovern: Runs the Hanover Institute, a Dartmouth alumni group.
John MacGovern: Served four terms in the Massachusetts legislature.
Larry Drown: America needs a change in culture as well as politics.
Phil Scott: Property taxes shouldn't grow faster than property values.
Peter Shumlin: Avoid raising taxes; balance budget by cuts & efficiencies.
Shap Smith: Avoid raising taxes; balance budget by cuts & efficiencies.
Peter Shumlin: Raise state budget reserve from 5% to 8%, for tough times.
Greg Parke: Completely eliminate federal estate tax.
Richard Tarrant: Raise the estate tax exemption but don’t eliminate it.
Bernie Sanders: Capital gains & dividend tax cuts are giveaways to the rich.
Richard Tarrant: Extend capital gains and dividend tax cuts.
Matt Dunne: Increase taxes on high earners; decrease property taxes.
Peter Shumlin: Connect VT: $53M for rural broadband & cell service.
Peter Shumlin: $106M to improve 65 bridges; plus high speed rail.
War & Peace|
John MacGovern: No nation-building in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Richard Tarrant: No specific deadline, but out of Iraq as soon as possible.
Richard Tarrant: Iraq war is over extending the country’s financial resources.
Welfare & Poverty|
Matt Dunne: Guide corporate partnerships with nonprofit & public sectors.