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Governor: Let voters decide on conflict of interest

October 5, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says it’s up to voters to decide if a commission’s finding that he has a conflict of interest with a business he once co-owned is an issue or not.

Vermont Public Radio reports Scott says he doesn’t need to take remedial action since the commission issued its opinion Tuesday. He also says he should have been allowed to testify before the commission released its opinion.

The Vermont Ethics Commission found the Republican violated the code of ethics because he’s a creditor of Dubois Construction. The firm does business with the state.

Scott sold his half share of Dubois back to the company before he took office in 2017. He still receives $75,000 in interest payments annually.

Scott says contracting procedures prevent him from cheating the system.

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