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Republican Phil Scott on workforce, affordability & seeking a 4th term as governor

Vermont Governor Phil Scott stands in front of verdant green trees wearing a navy suit, blue shirt and red tie.
Angela Evancie
Vermont Public File
Republican Phil Scott seeks a fourth term as Vermont's governor in the Nov. 8 election, against Democratic challenger Brenda Siegel.

Republican Phil Scott is seeking another two-year term as Vermont's governor. This hour, host Connor Cyrus speaks with the incumbent about running for re-election, and what his goals and policies would be around housing, workforce and more in a potential fourth term.

Scott said he would try to make Vermont more affordable in another term by incentivizing more businesses to move here and provide well-paying jobs.

"We also need to look outside of the growth center of Chittenden County because we have 13 other counties who are struggling," he told Vermont Edition's Connor Cyrus.

"We have many, many opportunities there, that's why we are focusing on downtown revitalization.," he added.

Scott said the pandemic slowed down economic activity, and he hopes federal COVID aid will also help increase affordability across Vermont.

Listen to the full interview to hear Gov. Scott discuss his approach to climate change, electric vehicles, Act 250 land use reform, and more.

Broadcast live at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Originally from Delaware, Matt moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, radio producer, talk show host, and news director. His reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he was a producer for television news and NPR member station WGCU for their daily radio show, Gulf Coast Live. He joined Vermont Public in October 2017 as producer of Vermont Edition.