Mitzi Johnson

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.

Environmental legislative preview: Lake cleanup and carbon tax

Leaders say they’ll pursue reduction of phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain even though the state doesn’t know how much the Trump administration may help.

ICYMI: Video of Scott’s inaugural address; Johnson’s swearing in; Shumlin’s farewell speech

Full coverage of last week’s key events at the Statehouse.

Legislature enters ‘new world’ with leadership clean sweep

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and Senate President Tim Ashe led a changeover in the state’s top four jobs. They identified a reduction in poverty as a priority, along with addressing budget gaps.

Johnson realigns oversight of mental health, tech and more

The new House speaker created an Energy and Technology Committee and moved mental health jurisdiction to the health care committee.

Legislative preview: Rural development initiatives, independent contractor bill top economic development list

Lawmakers will also consider legislation that would require all businesses to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave and short-term disability coverage to employees.

Judiciary preview: Juvenile justice, mental health in prison, possibilities for pot and more

Legislators are expecting to address policies concerning inmates with mental health issues and to look at the way the judiciary functions in Vermont. Marijuana legalization is likely to come up again too.

2017 Legislative Preview: Medicaid, mental health and Vermont Health Connect

Medicaid spending will once again be a driving factor in a projected $55 million to $75 million budget gap.

Johnson: Open to ideas, while bringing an approach of her own

The presumptive next House speaker plans a deliberative process for legislation and budgeting, suggesting many committees haven’t looked hard enough at the effectiveness of agencies and programs.

John McClaughry: Hard spending choices for 2018

Budget writers have the painful task of shaving here, stretching out there, providing less, and trying to kick the fiscal can down the road.

House Democrats formally nominate Johnson for Speaker

Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, who most recently served as Majority Leader and was a frontrunner for the position for months, nominated Johnson.

Johnson is last Democrat still standing in speaker’s race

Sarah Copeland Hanzas abandoned her bid after recognizing Mitzi Johnson had more support within the caucus. Democrats meet Saturday to make their choice.

Three campaign to become speaker of Vermont House

The candidates to succeed Shap Smith in the post are Democrats Sarah Copeland Hanzas, Mitzi Johnson and Chip Conquest.