MONTPELIER, VT. >> Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican candidate for governor, is charging that Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin's administration is improperly transferring exempt employees to protected, classified status

Scott, joined by Republican legislative leaders, wrote to administration officials that attempting to reclassify positions in order convert the current governor's employees into full-time, classified positions is not good government.

Shumlin spokesman Scott Coriell says Scott has it wrong and that such transfers are not occurring. He invited the letter writers to produce some specific examples.