2020 Vermont Governor Candidate Guide

Phil Scott (R) vs David Zucker man (D)

Governor | Election | Nov 10, 2020

The Candidates

Phil Scott

Phil Scott

Republican

Incumbent
David Zucker man

David Zucker man

Democrat

The Issues

Affordable Care Act

Support Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare?

Campaign Finance

Require political ads to disclose their largest funders?

Phil Scott (R)

No position found.

David Zucker man (D)

Yes. Supports limits on campaign financing. Opposes current system that he says gives corporations too much power and makes it hard for people to run for office.

Courts

Support picking Ginsburg replacement now versus letting Nov. winner choose?

Education

Use public funding for private and/or for-profit schools?

David Zucker man (D)

No. Opposed vouchers for private schools. Wants income tax so everyone “pays their fair share for … public education.”

Environment

Tighten or loosen environmental regulations?

Phil Scott (R)

Unclear. Opposed Trump administration’s replacement for the Clean Power Plan. “This is simply the wrong approach.”

Financial Regulation

Tighten financial regulations?

Phil Scott (R)

Tighten. Intervened in a court case to defend “an independent and effective CFPB.”

David Zucker man (D)

No position found.

Gun Laws

Enact more restrictive legislation on guns?

Immigration

Support “right to work” laws, eliminating the ability of unions to mandate dues for workers they represent?

Phil Scott (R)

Yes. Worked with a bipartisan group of governors to urge protections for DREAMers. Vermont joined a multi-state lawsuit opposing border-wall spending. Scott has opposed Trump restrictions on immigrants.

David Zucker man (D)

No position found. Supported state helping immigrant families excluded by federal COVID relief programs.

Labor

No position found. Supported state helping immigrant families excluded by federal COVID relief programs.

Marijuana

Keep illegal or decriminalize?

David Zucker man (D)

Yes. “Has been championing marijuana reform” since he was first elected to the legislature. Now advocates for a “legal marketplace” for it.

Minimum Wage

Raise state hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

Phil Scott (R)

No. Vetoed bill that would have raised state minimum wage in 2020, predicting “overall negative impact on economic growth.”

Planned Parenthood

Can Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion-related care?

Police/Community

Restrict police use of force and increase public oversight?

Phil Scott (R)

Yes. Signed a bill in July aimed at addressing excessive use of force by police. “This is a pivotal moment for meaningful change.”

Student Financial Aid

Support free or subsidized tuition for lower-income people?

Phil Scott (R)

No. “Nothing is free.” But will work on ways to provide more affordable student loans.

David Zucker man (D)

Yes. Supports “free in-state tuition for Vermonters.”

Tariffs

Support administration tariffs on steel and other products?

Phil Scott (R)

No. Opposed tariffs on Canadian products. “They’re our largest trading partner. It has an effect on everything we do.”

David Zucker man (D)

No position found.

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