It is critical to have the best possible Vermonters in place, crafting the future laws of our state. These best Vermonters should not have to be independently wealthy to serve. It should not be a financial hardship to serve in the Legislature.
Many legislative studies solicit specific policy proposals. But others are a way to postpone decision-making on controversial issues.
Battleground districts in Franklin County and across the state could determine whether Democrats hold the power to override the governor’s vetoes in the next legislative session.
After a veto-heavy legislative session, Vermont’s largest city walked away with both wins and losses, leaders said.
Rep. Mike Yantachka, a Democrat, faces a challenge from a local journalist after voting against the proposed constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights. He now says he would vote “yes.”
Vermont lawmakers passed a wave of police reforms immediately after the murder of George Floyd two years ago. Since then, progress has been slow.
The law will tweak the school funding formula to direct more money to districts with many low-income, rural and English-learning students.
The governor has now vetoed 32 pieces of legislation, a Vermont record. A distant second is former Gov. Howard Dean, who issued 21 vetoes while serving twice as long in office as Scott has.
The proposed workaround would have let tens of thousands of Vermont business owners deduct their full state and local income taxes from their federal income taxes, likely resulting in increased tax revenue for the state.
The state will have at least four new leaders in top executive roles come January, at least one new member of Congress and dozens of new state legislators.