Minter Unveils Manufacturing Proposal in Essex

Published 09/26 2016 07:07PM

Updated 09/26 2016 07:07PM

Democratic candidate for governor Sue Minter unveiled plans Monday on how she’d help the manufacturing industry if elected.

She met with workers at Twincraft Skincare’s liquids manufacturing facility in Essex.

Minter says she wants to create a micro-grid manufacturing hub. Those manufacturers would share energy use and also store energy for use during peak demand.

In her first 90 days, Minter says she will create four manufacturing-related task forces.

She says prior governors have not been able to connect business leaders in that way.

"I'm going to ask the leaders of these industries to come together, in a very intensive way, to establish goals and benchmarks for government to partner with them, to leverage our ingenuity, creativity and resources to drive innovation,” said Sue Minter (D - candidate for VT Governor).

Minter also repeated her proposal to provide two years of free tuition at Vermont community or technical colleges.

She says she will pay for that using an expanded franchise fee on large banks.

Minter also denounced a new ad by the Republican Governors Association that says she would add a sales tax on all services, including haircuts and accounting services.

According to reports, Minter said she would consider doing this during an interview with WDEV in Tunbridge.

After continuous requests from reporters to explain her tax code reform, Minter kept repeating the phrase: “I will not add new taxes to services or sales that hurt middle class Vermonters.”

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