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>> tonight, author bill james talks about his book, "the man from the train," in which he investigates one of the deadliest serial killers in happen in 100 yards of railroad tracks. one of the things that helps us is it usuallyrime happens at the intersection of two railroads. to railroad tracks, presumably, after he committed his crime, he has to get out of town. stranded. want to be ofng at the intersection
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multiple railroad tracks give him the of multiple railroad tracks give him the opportunity. >> tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span's q&a. >> now, vermont governor scott delivers his annual state of the state address. this is about 35 minutes.
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>> it is not my distinct honor to present to you the governor of the state of vermont. [applause] gov. scott: thank you. thank you very much. mr. speaker, mr. president, mr. chief justice, members of the
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general assembly, distinguished guests, since 1778, vermont is bound by a common oath to open up the legislative session. families and businesses traveled over rugged mountain gaps and rugged valley roads to come together and solve problems to shape the future. the work of those that came before for the greater share and influence. through our courage and conviction, vermont has pushed forward in progress when it seemed unachievable. we have been the example, set the tone and helped usher positive change into our nation for the need -- when the need for change was essential. my friends, we have reached that time again.
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history has placed us together in a difficult moment for our state and country. here at home, we must address economic and population trends that diminish our ability to sustain what we have and invest more in our priorities. nationally, we have faced political divisions and polarization so deep and broad, it seems to shape the very foundation of our republic. the challenges we face are great, but none greater than perceiving the work ahead of us. what it means to truly serve the people. [applause] gov. scott: these are not small issues. the path forward requires each one of us to work together, pulling in the same direction
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towards our shared goals. when we do, our people, our communities and our values will carry us forward because the state of the state is very strong. [applause] gov. scott: make no mistake. we are expected to follow through on our promises. call for balance moderation is clear and we cannot let them down. a year ago, i sat at this podium and laid out my vision for marmont -- vermont that was honest about the challenges we faced and the need for courage to confront them head on. i vowed to always put vermont first and to put myself in their shoes and boots, to better understand what they are going through. i pledged to work with legislature to create better
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outcomes for our children and families, to reform state government by listening to frontline employees using their ideas to more efficiently meet the needs of those we serve. to do it all while allowing working vermont to keep more of what they earn. [applause] gov. scott: together, we elected to try to resort the fundamentals required to invest in our future. imagine a future with classrooms that are actually full of kids, where more students go to college and are trained in a trade and have an opportunity to live and work in vermont. a future with vibrant
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communities, a thriving economy and every village, town and city, where vermonters can retire after a lifetime of labor. a future where the economy is growing faster than the cost of living and our state is more affordable each year for families and businesses. growing faster than the cost of where we have a cleaner environment and safer neighborhoods, with fewer suffering from addiction, where we never struggle to meet our obligation to protect the most honorable. it is my vision for vermont. even if we do not agree on what policies will get us there, i know we share these goals for our state. [applause] gov. scott: here is the blunt
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reality. we must first restore our economic and fiscal foundation to ensure that we have the funding needed to achieve our aspirations for vermont. early in my career, working construction, i learned that when you find yourself in a hole and have a problem, the first and you do is to stop digging. i am proud to report that last year, we stopped digging.
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we passed a budget that invested in our future and economy without raising a single tax or fee. [applause] governor scott: we closed a budget gap of more than $60 million and limited budget growth to just over 1% while wages grew at about 2%. this means for the first time in
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recent history the state government actually helped people keep more of what they earned, but this is not the time to return to the spending policies of the past. in three weeks, i'll present a budget that continues our transition to a strategic and results-based approach, one first championed in this very chamber. it will once again be tied to a growth rate calculation based on real data, reflecting growth in wages and the economy, not predictions that have fallen short for too often. i'll call for continued fiscal discipline because vermonters still cannot afford higher taxes or fees. and i, along with my administration and members of the legislature, stand ready to prevent taxes and fees from increasing again this year. [applause] governor scott: and just so i'm clear, that includes statewide property tax rates. [applause] governor scott: having fiscal
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discipline means facing facts. we know our school population is shrinking. we've lost nearly 30,000 students in the last 20 years. yet staffing levels and costs continue to rise. special property taxes continue to overburden families and businesses. today, we spend $1.6 billion to educate 76,000 students. these children are our future engineers, educators, and technicians, our future leaders, parents, and citizens. think about it. if i came to you with a check every year for $1.6 billion and asked you to educate the same number of students, i dare say that our system would look much different than it does today. it would be much stronger, more nimble, and responsive to every
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child. it would be the envy of our nation and one of the best economic development tools we could ever have. [applause] governor scott: if we work together to transform our k through 12 system based on the needs of our kids and not nostalgia, we can invest much more in early learning, technical education, work force readiness training, and higher education without raising the price tag on vermonters. we made some progress towards this cradle to career vision last year, increasing investments in our childcare financial assistance program by $2.5 million and the vermont state college system by $3 million. in our work to lower costs while protecting programs for our kids, we reach an agreement to return $13 million to taxpayers through health care premium savings. [applause] governor scott: this year, we have an even more urgent need to act, and i look forward to working with you to find solutions because if we don't, we face a significant statewide property tax increase. we cannot let this happen. vermonters can't afford it.
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the state cannot sustain it, and i will not accept it. [applause] governor scott: vermont has so much to offer, from innovative entrepreneurs and the hardest working people in america to a quality of life that's unrivaled. we frequently rank as the safest, happiest, and healthiest. we offer the best local food, beer, and maple syrup in the world, and we are known for commitment to justice, equal rights. [applause] governor scott: as younger generations place more value on social responsibility, health, and community, these ideals should make us a top choice for young families, but unfortunately that alone hasn't been enough. this is exactly why i focused on affordability is so critical to our work. last year's budget milestone was an important step, but our cost of living from utilities to housing to taxes remain among the highest in the nation. so despite our many benefits, these costs deter young people from moving or staying here and encourage older vermonters to leave for a more affordable retirement elsewhere. in fact, according to irs data from 2013 to 2016, 2,000 more tax filers moved out of state than moved in. this alone represents $150 million in adjusted gross income
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leaving our state. i know many of us have seen this in our own families. we have children, grandchildren, siblings, or close friends who grew up here, moved out of state and may even want to return home, but they've settled for a more affordable life elsewhere. we're also seeing workers age out of the labor force faster than we can replace them. here are a few facts to consider. out of the labor force faster we have 23,000 fewer people under the age of 20 than we did in the year 2000. we now have nearly 30,000 more over the age of 65 than we did in that same year. there are 30,000 fewer people between the ages of 25 and 45 than we had ten years ago. ours is the second oldest population in the country. if we do nothing, we'll soon be number one. and think about this, outside of chittenden county we are three to four years having just one worker for every retiree being a dependent of the state. this has got to stop. it's simply unsustainable.
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[applause] governor scott: reversing these trends should be the top priority of every elected official regardless of party or political beliefs. these aren't just numbers. the human and economic impact is real. this fall i visited mack molding, a manufacturing company in arlington, a great business with a strong work force, but in order to compete on a global scale, it needs to hire about 50 people to keep up with demand. and they are not alone. we hear from businesses around the state. l.e.d. dynamics in randolph wants to hire 40. chroma technology in bellis falls is looking for 20 in the next two years. nsa industries will put on 50 tomorrow if they could. and global foundries in essex junction is hiring nearly 100. this is great news. these are great jobs, but we need the people to fill them.
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whether employees are needed for business to grow or just to keep its doors open is a common theme here. we need more workers. we cannot afford to ignore this any longer. [applause] governor scott: these trends also shift the tax burden onto fewer and fewer people, seemingly leaving us with few choices. cut programs we value or raise taxes. there is a third option. we can come together and focus our efforts to growing our working age population. if we do this, we can expand our tax base. we can put kids back in our schools, help our businesses innovate and grow, and we can protect and make more of the
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public investments in the areas we value. there's nothing wrong with wanting government to invest in programs that enhance the lives of vermonters, but the fact is, until we're able to increase the size of our work force and grow the economy, we will not have the revenue to meet current or future demands. my administration is developing and a work force expansion plan that looks at how we educate and place our students, train and retrain to create more opportunities, and how we recruit families and graduating students to live and work here. a good place to start is in
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recruiting from a pool of talented committed workers already here in our state. our national guard and retired full-time service members. the vermont national guard has nearly 3,500 members here in the state, a third of whom aren't vermonters, so when they leave the guard, they leave vermont. additionally, young people in our region signing up for service often do so in other states because they offer more and better benefits. these are the men and women who bravely serve our country and communities. they have valuable skills that benefit our employers and economy. they can help us grow our work force and put kids back in our schools. that's why i'm proposing a package to level the playing field by offering tuition free college in vermont for those who commit to serve in our national
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guard. [applause] governor scott: in addition, when a veteran is looking to transition from full-time service to the work force, we're going to make sure they receive credit for the skills they learned while in uniform by working with the secretary of state to expedite professional licensing. and if we want to compete with other states, we must make vermont more affordable for retired veterans. [applause] governor scott: here's the best part -- which is why i'll propose to remove the income tax on military pensions. [applause] governor scott: access to post-secondary training and retraining is important to all vermonters. my budget address will outline a plan to expand adult technical
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education and other proposals to better serve the current needs of workers in our businesses, but we also must do more to reach workers, specifically younger workers and entrepreneurs who currently live elsewhere, who would like to live and raise their family in the safest and healthiest state in the country. that's why in my budget address i'll propose a bold sophisticated campaign to identify and persuade working age individuals, families, and entrepreneurs to relocate to
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vermont. this program will use state of the art targeting to direct outreach to individuals and businesses to increase the number of workers, and with a self-sustaining funding model with measurable results, the return on investment will be tracked and reported to me and to the legislature. building on our work force development initiatives, we must also continue to invest in a strong economy. last year, we made the single largest investment in history with a housing bond which leveraged more to increase availability and decent affordable homes for our work force. this will result in over 600 additional units with more than 100 under construction this year. they will employ 1,000 vermonters, attract new workers to the state, and generate $10 million in new wages. as well we invest in our communities, supporting 22 projects in our downtowns and village centers. my budget will propose continued investment in both of these areas. we also eckxpanded the number of tax financing by six. with this economic tool, communities like bennington, springfield and newport can now
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drive much needed development in parts of the state that need it the most. looking ahead, we must continue to help start-ups grow and businesses thrive so they can increase wages, create new jobs, and help generate revenue organically. that's why in my budget i will propose flexible ways to support small businesses and other pro to help start-ups grow and growth initiatives and investments. but we must ensure the impacts are felt in all corners of our state. for far too long success has been counted in broad terms. in statistics that fail to consider geography. across our state proud communities and the people who call them home have yet to benefit from economic recovery. i grew up in berry. i'm proud of my hometown. and wouldn't be standing here
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today if it weren't for the positive influence of the people and our sensitive community. unfortunately it's harder and harder for some communities to maintain their unique identity as economic opportunities become more difficult to find outside of burlington. from the community and border to the shores of the connecticut river, from richford, small towns and regional economic centers that help build our state are stuck in an economic cycle they did not create. and as a result, far too many of our neighbors find themselves in a place they can no longer afford. the time has come to make this session, their session.
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[applause] we must consider the effects of our actions that have on every county, city and town. imagine how it must seem to a family who is struggling to get by who can't afford to pay their property bill to turn on the news and hear that marijuana debate was ranked vermont's number one news story of 2017. i talk to people every day about the biggest issues they face in their daily lives and their hopes for the future. they need us to understand their struggles. and consider them as we prioritize limited time we have here in montpelier to make a difference. [applause] i can tell you this.
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vermonters know our challenges because they live them. they also know that with a steady approach and a willingness to change course, the solutions will come. but they're eager for us to do more and faster. i look forward to working with you on economic development proposals aimed at expanding growth to all 14 counties. so all families, all kids feel the hope of a bright future in vermont, whether they're from burlington or brunswick, whether they want to be an engineer or
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run the family farm. montpelier must help every person and every county succeed and thrive. [applause] our commitment to improving the future extends far beyond work in this building. it's also about providing good service and good government. over the last year we listened to our front line state employees and their ideas are working to make government more efficient and effective. through our pivot program, state employees are working closely with our chief performance officer to identify and eliminate inefficiencies.
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this program was modelled after toyota's successful lien techniques, a product designed to increase productive by empowers employees to system produce waste. improving advantage turn around time by 30%. in improving the capacity so we can have roughly 3,000 state workers trained at no additional cost to taxpayers. there are currently 44 pivot projects under way developed by state employees to do things better and faster. now, i realize this isn't flashy or glamorous. this helps get more value from each tax dollar, cut through red tape and improve customer service. this is important work and for vermonters this means a state government geared towards continuous improvement, better in improving the capacity so we can have roughly 3,000 state workers trained at no additional service done more efficiently and producing more value. [applause] as we work to improve state government, rebuild our work force and grow our economy, we will not lose sight of the values that make vermont a leader in so many ways. last year we showed when we invest in our existing resources strategically, when we focus on outcomes, not just spending, we not only protect our most vulnerable and the things we value, but we can do it in a way that's more affordable and
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supports economic growth. that includes our ongoing work to protect impaired waterways and address the impacts of climate change. last year we committed $51 million to clean water projects, increasing state funding by over 70%. our agencies of natural resources, agriculture and transportation have already put more than $17 million to work for cleaner water. and i know -- [applause] and i know we must find a long term solution. i look forward to working together to ensure we invest the money wisely in projects we'll produce immeasurable water quality results. climate change continues to have a negative impact disrupting our way of life, but our fate is not predetermined. already so much good work is being done by businesses, utilities, individuals, and at the state level with our commitment to clean energy and carbon reduction goals and our participation in the u.s. climate alliance. that's why i created the climate action commission.
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it will work to move key initiatives forward with these goals in mind. and my administration will work with our partners to make electric vehicles more accessible to all. we need to continue this work in a practical way that ensures all of us benefit, enhancing opportunity, protecting the most vulnerable. together we can make a difference. [applause] we've also been a leader in access to health care. let's build on that with a focus on prevention to keep us healthy while moderating costs. we will continue to test the voluntary pilot program that pays based on quality of care rather than quantity of service. more than 5,000 providers, including the majority of vermont's hospitals, have chosen to partner with us in 2018. as we continue to evaluate whether this pilot meets our
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goals, a better help, quality and sustainable cost, i'll propose additional prevention focus approaches that work to meet these same objectives. we must also continue to combat the opioid crisis. last year we funded a new treatment hub in st. albans. this helped us eliminate the wait list which once included more than 700. this milestone means we can now provide quicker access to life-saving treatment across the entire state. [applause] i also created an oippioid council to strengthen our approach. identifying strategies to identify the four legs of a stool. prevention, treatment, recovery, and enforcement. we'll expand upon a number of their proposals this session including helping those in recovery transition to the work force and continued work with the office of professional regulation to increase the number of treatment professionals. we know this issue touches nearly every vermonter. we should be proud of the fact that efforts born from this very chamber are being implemented across the nation.
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but we will not slow our progress or our search for answers. for nearly a decade we watched the incredible toll this crisis has taken on our families and communities. our success will be counted one life at a time. a young man in recovery going back to work, a mother seeing the light in the eyes of the child once thought lost forever. a community free from fear of crime and violence and one less child brought into this world affected by addiction. [applause] i know the work i described today won't be easy and there will be times during this session that will frustrate all of us. there will be a political jab or an elbow thrown every now and then. but i ask each and every one of you to remember that if we fail to focus on putting our economic house in order, then we'll be back next year and the year after and the year after that seeking short-term stop gap solutions to solve long-term problems. but if we demonstrate the fiscal discipline to hold the line on taxes is fees and keep jud bets in line with economic growth, we will put our state on solid footing. so we can invest in programs we value and leave vermont better prepared for the next time the national or global economy takes a turn for the worse. the time we have as leaders is always fleeting. but the impact we have on the future can last forever. when those who come after us look back on this time in our history, what will they see? what we have done, what we could to preserve civility? to be a good role model for our children? will we uphol thed the legacies of leaders? giants in their time who served our state and nation with dignity and humility and treated others with respect. or will we be swept up by the rising tide of bitterness and partisanship?
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so the collusionsso collusions solutions we elected are achievable. progress requires a willingness to compromise. to listen. to find consensus and be honest and respectful brokers on behalf of all vermonters. as drawn broke on july 1st, 1863, the second vermont brigade was in maryland under command of general john sedgwick. that day orders came down that reinforcements were needed north in the small town of gettysburg just over the pennsylvania border. with action escalating quickly, the general knew his troops would have to march nearly 40 miles before reaching the battlefield. by then all might be lost. then and there general sedgwick famously ordered put the vermonters ahead and keep the column tight. he knew that with vermont's commitment to the cause of freedom an urgency of duty setting the pace that vermonters would pull the rest of the troops along arriving sooner and helping to turn the tide at gettysburg and eventually save
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the union. friends, this is our time to move ahead and keep the column tight. it's time for us to lead again. [applause] now, i don't know when this period of hyper partisanship and anger will end, but i do know we can't fight hate with hate. or anger with anger. we must do everything we can to pull our nation out of darkness and restore civility and respect to our public process. [applause] and that includes the viciousness we see on social media. we'd have an opportunity to set an example with our actions. we can commit to meaningful dialogue and be guided by shared principles. we can work together towards consensus whenever possible and compromise when it's required. if we do these things, we will make a difference in the lives of vermonters. we will live up to the promise of our history. and in the decades to come, the record will show in our nation's
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hour of need vermonters once again led the way. thank you. [applause] will the committee please reassemble. you can be seated. you can stay standing for me if you really want to, but i think that was for the governor. then and there general sedgwick famously ordered put the vermonters ahead and keep the column tight. he knew that with vermont's commitment to the cause of freedom an urgency of duty setting the pace that vermonters would pull the rest of the troops along arriving sooner and helping to turn the tide at
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gettysburg and eventually save the union. friends, this is our time to move ahead and keep the column tight. it's time for us to lead again. [applause] now, i don't know when this period of hyper partisanship and anger will end, but i do know we can't fight hate with hate. or anger with anger. we must do everything we can to pull our nation out of darkness and restore civility and respect to our public process. [applause]
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and that includes the viciousness we see on social media. we'd have an opportunity to set an example with our actions. we can commit to meaningful dialogue and be guided by shared principles. we can work together towards consensus whenever possible and compromise when it's required.
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if we do these things, we will make a difference in the lives of vermonters. we will live up to the promise of our history. and in the decades to come, the record will show in our nation's hour of need vermonters once again led the way. thank you. [applause] >> tonight, former speechwriter for president and atlantic columnist david from with his y: the"trumpocrac
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the oversight council's's annual report. at the hearing, he was criticized because the administration missed a deadline to impose new bipartisan sanctions against russia. this is two hours and 20 minutes. the operations and actions of this congress. year, iter of last issued its 2017 annual report in which it provided numerous recommendations, insights into activities, and identified potential emerging threats to financial stability. one urged congress to defer the house finance system

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