Senate staffer disputes facts of governor’s health care plan

Peter Sterling

Peter Sterling, aide to the Senate president, says Gov. Phil Scott’s proposal for statewide negotiations could cost teachers more. The Vermont School Boards Association says that’s not necessarily the case.



Burlington School Board wades into health benefits debate

Mitzi Johnson

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

Gov. Phil Scott

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

Tim Ashe

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

Vermont Legislature

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.




UPDATED: Legislative leaders say they’ve reached an impasse

Phil Scott

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

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.