It has been barely a month since Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (R) was sworn in as the state's number two office holder - he's already rolled up his sleeves and made Vermont jobs, business and public participation in state policymaking his top priority.
Scott is working closely with newly elected Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) in bringing a unique, bipartisan top-level approach to state government - and local jobs appear to be number one for the new Montpelier duo.
Scott, a moderate Republican, is best known as a down-to-earth Vermonter, an accomplished stock-car driver, and a respected state lawmaker. Scott started his Vermont Everyday Jobs initiative barely two weeks ago.
Last week, as part of that initiative, he spent the morning hours and lunch time at Porter Hospital and the neighboring Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center.
To start the day in Middlebury, Scott worked alongside a doctor on-duty who was providing patient care in the emergency department. But first he was briefed about hospital operations by RonHallman. He then moved on to serve lunch to residents at the Porter rehab center's 's memory loss unit.
Scott's baby-stepping initiative is unique, outgoing and folksy - something that seems to clicking with residents in places he visits. The effort is designed to promote Vermont businesses and highlight the hard work that Vermonters do every day in all areas of our economy.
'There's no such thing as a dirty job' is the real story drawn from Scott's personal project. No matter what the task, work is dignity.
"Iam taking a few days each month, as my schedule permits, to work in different facilities, offices, factories and farms around the state," Scott said. "By finding out firsthand, and in a hands-on manner, what it takes to make Vermont businesses work."
At Helen Porter Center, Scott met nurses and staffers and even talked and joked with several elderly residents thrilled by the VIP's visit.