Mitzi Johnson

With unusual legislative session over, political fallout can begin

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

House Speaker Johnson statement on passage of state budget

News Release — Rep. Mitzi Johnson June 21, 2017 Contact: Katherine Levasseur (802) 828-2245 [email protected] HOUSE SPEAKER MITZI JOHNSON’S STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF THE STATE BUDGET “Legislative leaders stepped up to find a way to avoid a state government shutdown after the Governor’s veto put Vermonters in a really tough position. The budget passed the […]

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.

Mitzi Johnson: Doing right by Vermonters

Under Gov. Phil Scott’s last-minute demands, a home valued at $200,000 would, at most, bring savings to Vermont families of less than $22 each year, less than a tank of gas.

Scott, lawmakers zero in on pot legalization

House Republican leaders have indicated that they are not likely to accept a rules suspension. If they follow through with that threat, they would effectively kill the bill for this year.

Burlington School Board wades into health benefits debate

The board came out against the idea — put forward by some legislators near the end of the session — to force budget cuts if districts didn’t reach a certain outcome in negotiations with teachers.

UPDATED: Scott’s fiscal veto message rejected as inadequate

The House clerk said the budget and property tax bill vetoes needed to come in separate letters. Scott’s spokesperson called the rejection “hyper-political.” The clerk’s office later accepted resubmitted versions.

Smith: The political big one

The worst thing for a party, even one as strong as the Vermont Democrats, is to have working families and small businesses feel they are taking a back seat to a special interest group.

Vermont Legislature 2017: How a sleepy session turned stormy

Lawmakers, lobbyists and the media were complaining the session was boring until Gov. Scott rolled out his proposal to negotiate with teachers statewide over health care benefits.

Legislative leaders criticize Gov. Scott’s promised veto

The leaders of the Vermont House and Senate said they have directed their caucuses to get some rest. Meanwhile, the governor sought to assure Vermonters that he would not allow a government shutdown.

UPDATED: Legislative leaders say they’ve reached an impasse

Top Democrats say the House and Senate will move ahead with remaining legislation even without the governor’s support and adjourn as early as the end of the week.

Speaker introduces new teacher health insurance plan into end-of-session mix

Mitzi Johnson says her plan would address concerns about teacher benefits that are holding up adjournment. The Senate president wouldn’t comment, while unions rejected it.

House due back Wednesday, Senate TBD

Ahead of lawmakers’ return for an unbudgeted 19th week of this session, progress is slow.

With no compromise in sight, Legislature to meet again next week

Lawmakers were unable to reach a deal with Gov. Phil Scott and will return to Montpelier next week to try and complete their work for this year’s legislative session.