Vetoing the budget has grave consequences. Without a budget, the government shuts down.
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.
The leaders of the Vermont House and Senate said they have directed their caucuses to get some rest. Meanwhile, the governor sought to assure Vermonters that he would not allow a government shutdown.
They are sending a plan to the governor to create another chance in the future to move collective bargaining to the state level. But it doesn’t capture the savings Scott sought now.
Gov. Peter Shumlin said S.230 would effectively declare a public health emergency over the issue of wind energy even though, according to him, science doesn’t justify that. Legislative leaders said they would likely work to revise the bill.
This veto message responds to the Ordinance Committee proposal passed by the City Council at its meeting on January 9, 2012 regarding smoking in outdoor places related to the Church Street Marketplace.