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Phil Scott on VoteMatch



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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:
Support transgender and LGBTQ+ rights
(+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:
America was founded on Christian values
(+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
Not perfect but ACA measurably improved health of Vermonters: 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
Our education infrastructure is too large for number served: Neutral on topic 7
Our education infrastructure is too large for number served: Favors topic 7
Alliance with Microsoft for digital skills, computer science: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Businesses have a right to pollute
(+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
$4 Million in Brownfield Revitalization for 7 Communities: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Housing is key; remove impediments to growth: Favors topic 8
Housing is key; remove impediments to growth: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 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
Consider strategies to fight crime besides justice reform: Favors topic 9
Consider strategies to fight crime besides justice reform: Favors 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)
Moral obligation to be welcoming of people around the globe: Strongly Favors topic 12
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
Favors topic 14:
Stay away from the UN & Globalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Strength of our nation is diversity of people and opinion: Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Peace through Strength
(-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
Honor the heroic American veterans: 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
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of foreign wars
(-5 points on Social scale)
Ukraine's fight is too important for us to sit out: Strongly Opposes topic 17
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
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 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
We need to keep our spending within existing revenue: Strongly Opposes topic 20
We need to keep our spending within existing revenue: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Invest more to help cover interns' wages: Favors topic 20
Recruit and relocate workers and families to Vermont: Strongly Favors topic 20

Phil Scott is a Moderate Libertarian Liberal
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