Vermont's Democratic attorney general has formed a task force to advise his office on the scope of its authority on immigration matters amid uncertainty about the Trump administration's plans for refugee policy.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott presented his first budget address to the Vermont Legislature on Tuesday. He offered a balanced budget with level funding and a number of policy changes targeting the state’s education fund. Reaction to his plan is mixed.
Despite inclement weather, nearly a hundred officials and business leaders from across the North Country gathered in Plattsburgh this morning to hear addresses on the state of the town and city of Plattsburgh and Clinton County.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his proposed state spending plan to a North Country audience Monday, highlighting what he says are the plan’s benefits for the upstate region and announcing plans to enhance tourism venues in the Adirondacks.
President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday announced the last of his cabinet nominees. Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has been chosen to lead the Agriculture Department. Farm advocates in our region say it’s a good choice and are hopeful he will be a strong advocate on key agricultural issues.
New York state Assemblyman D. Billy Jones began his first term this month representing Clinton and Franklin counties and three towns in St. Lawrence County. The Democrat is in his district, the 115th, with a copy of the just-printed proposed budget from Governor Andrew Cuomo. Jones says the Assembly was supposed to receive an overview of the spending plan directly from the governor, but the session ran late.
This year, as Vermonters see a new governor and lieutenant governor begin their terms, new presiding officers are also overseeing the legislature. In the Democratically controlled House, Mitzi Johnson became the third female speaker to lead that chamber. The Senate is being led by a Democrat/Progressive from Burlington. Tim Ashe has been a member since 2009, sitting on key committees including Finance and Judiciary. Now in charge of the Senate agenda, he says the legislators’ key challenge comes from outside the Statehouse.
Burlington, Vermont Police Chief Brandon del Pozo was in Wisconsin on Monday. He and five other police chiefs from across the U.S. met with House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss new training guidelines issued by the Police Executive Research Forum that are aimed at reducing the use of force. Chief del Pozo explains that the Burlington department became involved after a fatal encounter in the city last year.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott has issued three executive orders to restructure parts of state government. The new Republican governor says the new agencies are designed to improve administrative functions, expand the economy and make the state more affordable.
Buses are filled or nearly full across the region as people seek transportation to Washington, D.C. next week. But they are not planning to attend the inauguration of the next president. The Women’s March on Washington will bring thousands to the National Mall. For those who cannot get to the capital, there are local women’s marches planned in the Northeast.