Let us say it again: Everything is not fine. We need the Scott administration to take the overdose fatality crisis seriously and act with informed compassion now.
Vermont is fast becoming a haven for people able to work remotely, including climate-change refugees. While this influx of people, their skills and their kids can be good for us, we need to be ready to handle the accompanying pressures on our rural landscape.
Over time, higher fossil fuel prices will drive a shift to more energy efficiency. Unless governments screw them up, markets work. Meanwhile, let’s hope that global warming brings us a string of milder winters.
While it is frustrating to postpone policy progress for another year, we are optimistic that the Legislature and the administration will be able to return to the table, hear from Vermonters, and find solutions. If the pandemic has taught us anything, public health should not be political.
Zack Porter, executive director of Standing Trees, said the conservation group would “use every option that we have to force the state to follow the law of the land.” The Vermont Natural Resources Council also criticized the veto.
The governor cited concerns that the bill would have impacted development needed to ease Vermont’s housing crisis. Environmental and wildlife advocates say the bill would have relaxed Act 250 in downtown areas, while providing needed protections for forests.
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.
Lawmakers posed a series of last-minute changes and amendments after the governor announced his intentions to strike the bill down.
A compromise bill to provide more rental housing and stricter inspections is headed to the governor's desk, but House and Senate negotiators have shelved a proposal to create a statewide rental registry.
House lawmakers narrowly failed to override Gov. Phil Scott’s vetoes on two bills: A Burlington charter change that would ban no-cause evictions, and the clean heat standard. Each failed by just one vote — and seemed to blindside legislative leadership.
While environmental groups laud a bill that proposes changes to Vermont’s sweeping land use and development law, Scott and others oppose it due to concerns that it doesn’t go far enough to address Vermont’s housing crisis and would “actually make it much more difficult to build homes.”
Vermont’s House of Representatives has sent the state’s largest climate bill back to the drawing board.
In a surprise result, the charter change fell one vote short of advancing to the Senate after Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the measure last week.
The vote was 148-0. The Senate voted to override the governor’s veto — also unanimously — on Wednesday. This is the first time a veto has been unanimously overridden in both chambers in state history, according to the House speaker’s office.