House Speaker Mitzi Johnson said Tuesday the legislation is on a two-year trajectory.
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.
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.
H.197 would also make it easier for first responders to get treatment specifically for post-traumatic stress disorder.
House Speaker Mitzi Johnson heard concerns that the Scott administration does not seem as committed as the former Shumlin administration to resolving the problem.
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.
While the budget panel scrapped Scott’s education proposal, lawmakers have accepted many of the line item changes from the governor’s office.
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.
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 […]
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.
Town clerks group says legislative recount will ‘cast doubt on the integrity of elections in the future.”
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.
Vermont depends on the federal government for about a third of its budget.
More children are becoming wards of the state, mainly due to the opiate crisis.