Phil Scott

Leaders call latest Obamacare repeal bill ‘tax cuts that would help the rich’

It would cut taxes on health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, tanning salons, and families earning more than $250,000.

Vermont Democratic Party: Scott plays politics

News Release — Vermont Democratic Party June 21, 2017 CONTACT: Conor Casey (802)-229-1783 [email protected] Governor Scott Plays Politics Montpelier, VT – Today the Legislature reconvened to pass a state budget following a rare veto that put Vermont on the verge of a government shutdown. The General Assembly, which has been in recess for over a […]

With unusual legislative session over, political fallout can begin

Republican see the session as a win; Democrats ‘aren’t spiking the football.’

Scott statement on close of 2017 legislative session

News Release — Gov. Phil Scott June 21, 2017 Contact: Rebecca Kelley 802-828-6403 [email protected] STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ON THE CLOSE OF THE 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION Governor commends the passage of a state budget that does not raise taxes, fees or property tax rates Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today issued the following […]

After weeks of strife, few fireworks in daylong veto session

“Compromise is successful when nobody gets everything they want, and nobody walks away with their last choice option,” said the House speaker. Lawmakers passed budget and tax bills and wrapped up.

Marijuana legalization falters in the House

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.

UPDATED: Compromise boxes in teacher health care negotiations

The deal between Gov. Phil Scott and lawmakers requires school boards to either negotiate Scott’s preferred health care plans or dig into their budgets to save money for taxpayers.

Leahy, Scott recommend Christina Nolan for U.S. attorney

Nolan, an assistant U.S. attorney, is “uniquely familiar with the many challenges brought by our state’s opioid crisis through her focus on heroin prosecutions,” they said.

Vermont leaders vow to step into breach on climate goals

With the U.S. out of the Paris accord, a coalition of businesses, nonprofits and government leaders is pledging to act.

Scott and Legislative leaders announce agreement on education savings proposal

News Release — Gov. Phil Scott June 20, 2017 Contact: Rebecca Kelley 802-828-6403 [email protected] Peter Sterling 802-279-6840 Katherine Levasseur 802-828-2245 GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT ON EDUCATION SAVINGS PROPOSAL Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott, Senate Pro Tempore Tim Ashe and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson today issued the following statement: “We are […]

Vermont Public Interest Research Group urges Scott to act on climate

News Release — VPIRG June 20 Contact: Paul Burns 802-793-1985 VPIRG urges Gov. Scott to ‘walk the walk’ on climate Montpelier, VT— Dozens of organizers with the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) greeted political, business and academic leaders as they filed into the ECHO Center on Burlington’s waterfront today, for a press conference on […]

Pot compromise to come up in veto session, but prospects dim

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.

UPDATED: Deal reached in effort to end veto stalemate

“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.

Statement on Health Insurance Negotiations and FY 2018 Budgets

News Release — Vermont School Boards Association and Vermont Superintendents Association June 20, 2017 Contact: Nicole Mace (802) 363-7777 Jeffrey Francis (802) 229-5834 In January, Governor Scott proposed a set of budget initiatives intended to significantly stem the increase in K-12 spending in order to resolve General Fund budget gaps and direct new funds to […]