Mitzi Johnson

Paid family leave bill not on track to pass this year

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson said Tuesday the legislation is on a two-year trajectory.

Ashe readies for special session in response to Trump cuts

He has asked senators to pencil in time in October. That would be shortly after the federal budget goes into effect, possibly with major cuts in funding for Vermont.

House seeks governor’s help on budget as administration puts gag on agency heads

The public appeal came hours after the administration circulated a memo asking department and agency heads not to work with the Legislature on budget cuts.

Top lawmakers back workers’ comp coverage for mental health

H.197 would also make it easier for first responders to get treatment specifically for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Bennington residents say Scott administration is slow to release PFOA updates

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson heard concerns that the Scott administration does not seem as committed as the former Shumlin administration to resolving the problem.

Halfway through the session, lawmakers have little to report to town meeting voters

Observers say it’s early in the session, new leaders are getting their sea legs, and uncertainty hangs over legislators as they worry about potential federal spending cuts.

House budget panel narrows spending gap to $18 million

While the budget panel scrapped Scott’s education proposal, lawmakers have accepted many of the line item changes from the governor’s office.

Inside the Golden Bubble: Battle lines drawn over budget

Scott’s education proposal is a problem for Democrats who for years have resisted significant changes in education funding for fear of running afoul of local control and the powerful teachers union.

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson Supports VermontABLE Initiative

News Release — House Speaker Mitzi Johnson February 22, 2017 Contact: Katherine Levasseur (802) 828-2245 [email protected] Montpelier, VT – Today State Treasurer Pearce, Governor Scott, and Lieutenant Governor Zuckerman announced the launch of the VermontABLE disability savings program which will allow Vermonters living with disabilities to create tax-advantaged savings accounts. The program will encourage Vermonters […]

Bob Frenier: Keeping the vote sacred

Democrats and Progressives in the Vermont Legislature are about to override a local election that was conducted correctly and lawfully by experienced town clerks and certified by a Vermont court.

House recount could hurt GOP’s ability to sustain veto

Town clerks group says legislative recount will ‘cast doubt on the integrity of elections in the future.”

House panel calls for new recount in disputed election

The question now goes to the full House. Meanwhile, the House speaker said she plans to have lawmakers take a close look at recount procedures after several issues last fall.

State confronts financial uncertainties as Trump takes office

Vermont depends on the federal government for about a third of its budget.

Report: Pre-K access has improved, but access to childcare is limited

More children are becoming wards of the state, mainly due to the opiate crisis.