Rep. Don Turner said the allegations arose from a conversation he had with three bankers at a Montpelier restaurant around the time the school closed.
The legislation swiftly passed the Senate, but House lawmakers didn’t agree to suspend parliamentary rules so they could take it up in Wednesday’s brief veto session.
Neither the governor nor the House minority leader showed any inclination to pressure Republicans to allow a rules suspension that would be needed to push a bill through the planned brief veto session.
“I think we have a strong compromise that everybody will be able to say yes to,” said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson. The issue was how to find savings on teacher health benefits.
He said the legislation does not sufficiently address his concerns about driving safety, youth access and more. But he suggested he might accept a revised version.
Last week, a broad and bipartisan coalition of 52 Republicans, 16 Democrats, and six independents came together in support of the governor’s plan.
House Speaker Mitzi Johnson says the Statehouse should be democratic; arm twisting isn’t her style.
Republicans say they will refuse to suspend the rules if House Speaker Mitzi Johnson doesn’t agree to allow debate on the school tax bill.
A group of House Republicans, independents and blue dog Democrats support Gov. Phil Scott’s plan to absorb one-time teacher health care savings of $26 million.
The improved structural integrity of this budget calls for much celebration. However, we should not forget that a one-year budget cannot and will not fix the overspending trend that has plagued Vermont for the past several years
The fiscal plan does not raise any new taxes or fees. Democrats said it was crafted with expected federal cuts in mind, while Republicans credited the governor’s leadership.
House lawmakers missed the deadline for a bill that would legalize pot possession. Now the future of the legislation is unclear.
Senate Republicans unanimously backed Gov. Scott, while House Republicans appear split on the immigration bill the governor is supporting.
Rep. Don Turner refuses to join tri-partisan leaders standing together to make it clear that Vermont will not allow our law enforcement officers to enforce Trump’s immigration policies.