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Vermont Statehouse 2018
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Will Vermont lawmakers return for a special session next week? At his weekly press conference this afternoon, Vermont Governor Phil Scott discussed his move to call legislators back to Montpelier May 23rd. The Republican is promising to veto the-just passed state budget and property tax bill.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he will veto the state budget and property tax bill passed by the Legislature because they would result in property tax increases.

Governor Phil Scott signs gun bills into law
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed a trio of gun bills on the steps of the Statehouse Wednesday afternoon as a rowdy crowd heckled or cheered the passage of the new laws.

James Ehlers
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Lake Champlain International Executive Director James Ehlers is known in Vermont for his outspoken environmental advocacy especially when it comes to the state’s waters.  He has never held elective office but last July announced he would challenge first-term Republican Governor Phil Scott.  Ehlers, a Democrat, says he entered the race because he feels the people’s voice is missing from the governor’s office.

Keith Stern
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A candidate describing himself as a conservative constitutionalist Republican is challenging first-term incumbent Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott.  Keith Stern, who entered the race in November, says the main reason he is running is that the state of Vermont is rapidly becoming unaffordable.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he's still hopeful the Legislature can give final approval to a bill that would allow police to seize firearms and explosives from people determined to be an extreme risk to themselves or others.

Christine Hallquist
Vermont Electric Cooperative

The head of Vermont’s second-largest utility plans to leave her post on March 1st to focus on her campaign to unseat Governor Phil Scott, a first-term Republican.  Christine Hallquist first faces a Democratic primary in August.  She says that Vermont is being threatened by policies from Washington that must be addressed.

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (left) and Senate ProTem Tim Ashe discuss Governor Phil Scott's budget address
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott presented his $5.9 million budget plan to a joint session of the Vermont Legislature Tuesday afternoon.  But statehouse leaders say the governor has merely outlined concepts without clear details or guidance.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivers budget address on January 23, 2018
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his annual budget address to a joint session of the legislature this afternoon.

Senator Becca Balint
Vermont Legislature

Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his second State of the State Thursday. The Republican is calling for continued fiscal restraint.  Senate Majority Leader Becca Balint, a Democrat, was in the chamber in Montpelier. She says there are some areas where they agree, but she questions if the governor’s fiscal austerity policy is viable over the long-term.

Governor Phil Scott
Governor's office

Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his second State of the State address to a joint session of the Vermont House and Senate this afternoon.  He renewed his call to keep the state affordable but tasked legislators to do that without raising taxes or fees.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott joined education and business leaders Tuesday at PC Construction in South Burlington to launch 70-by-2025-Vermont.  The goal of the initiative is to get 70 percent of Vermonters advanced training or education credentials by 2025.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont's stock-car-racing governor Republican Phil Scott won the 50-lap feature Thursday at Barre's Thunder Road.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Last week, Vermont Governor Phil Scott wrote to Congressional leaders, expressing his concerns over the Senate health care bill.  Meanwhile, state legislative leaders have left open the possibility of a special session in October to deal with any federal budget actions.  In the second part of an interview, the first-term Republican governor explains that federal funding is critical to Vermont.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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It was a busy spring in Vermont politics. Governor Phil Scott vetoed the state budget on June 6th because it did not include a plan to restructure teacher contract negotiations. He said the plan would save property taxpayers statewide $26 million.  State leaders had until July 1st to reach a compromise to avoid a state shutdown. A solution was reached before the legislature’s veto session on June 21st , and the governor signed the budget three days before deadline.  It includes no new taxes or fees.  In the first of a two-part interview, first-term Republican Governor Phil Scott says he and agency commissioners and department heads began working on the budget as soon as he was elected in November.

Governor Phil Scott (left) and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger launch the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition
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Vermont environmental, municipal and state officials were at the ECHO Center for Lake Champlain this week to announce the launch of a new coalition to help bridge the environmental chasm caused when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.

Telemedicine demonstration
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At a time of turmoil in health care policy on the federal level, Vermont Governor Phil Scott has signed a law that will expand telemedicine services and insurance coverage across the state.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott discusses budget veto
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott was grilled about his decision to veto the state budget yesterday at his weekly press conference in Burlington today.

Vermont Statehouse
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The Democratically-controlled Vermont Legislature adjourned last Friday despite budget veto threats from the Republican governor over the failure to reach a deal on a new teacher health insurance negotiation plan.

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont lawmakers returned to the statehouse Wednesday to try to wrap up the session. Among the issues they were expected to review is the governor’s last-minute proposal to change how teachers' health insurance plans should be negotiated.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman
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This past week, Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott celebrated his 100th day in office and outlined his accomplishments so far.  Vermonters elect the governor and lieutenant governor separately. David Zuckerman is a Progressive/Democrat in his first term as Lieutenant Governor.  During a break in Senate sessions, he told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that during his first 100 days he’s worked to get more people, especially youth, involved in the political process.

Governor Phil Scott talks about his first 100 days
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Now that he has been in office for 100 days, Vermont Governor Phil Scott held a press conference this morning to outline what he sees as his successes so far.

Vermont House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski
Verrmont Legislature

The Vermont House Appropriations Committee unanimously voted 11-0 Monday to send the proposed state budget to the House floor.  In advance of the debate House leaders are previewing the budget highlights.  House Majority Leader Democrat Jill Krowinski talks about what’s anticipated during the debate over the $5.8 billion fiscal plan.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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The Vermont Legislature has reached the midpoint of its current session.  The governor’s weekly press conference at the Statehouse on Thursday included a look at what progress has occurred since the session began in January.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
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The Vermont Legislature has given final approval to a bill that will give the governor greater control over how and when the state's police forces are used by the federal government to enforce President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott met with reporters at the Statehouse in Montpelier today to discuss a number of issues facing the legislature and his administration.  One of the primary topics is a piece of legislation under consideration that would require any federal immigration actions in Vermont to be approved by the governor.

Governor Phil Scott (left) and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard at a press conference in Quebec City 2/15/17
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott is in  Quebec City for his first official meetings with his counterpart in Quebec, the state's largest trading partner.

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott and state legislative leaders have introduced legislation that would clarify the duties of law enforcement in carrying out federal immigration tasks — and require that the governor first approve any local or state enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott discussed a number of issues while meeting with reporters at his ceremonial office in the Statehouse Wednesday.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont's new Republican governor is calling on lawmakers to restructure the way the state pays for education.

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