Vermont Governor

Vermont Statehouse 2018
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Following two previous attempts, Vermont lawmakers passed a third budget on Monday and sent it to Governor Phil Scott, who had vetoed the first two plans saying they violated his pledge not to raise taxes or fees. Faced with a July 1st deadline, the governor announced Monday night that he would allow the latest version of the 2019 budget to become law without his signature.  The Republican discussed his decision Thursday during his first press conference since the move.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
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It appears Vermont will avoid a government shutdown. With the July 1st fiscal year deadline approaching, Governor Phil Scott has decided to allow the third version of the budget that legislators have sent him to become law, but he’s not signing the fiscal plan.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
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On Thursday, the Vermont Senate passed the second budget bill of the year, despite a likely veto from Republican Governor Phil Scott.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
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The Democratically-controlled Vermont House passed a revised 2019 budget bill on Tuesday but Republican Governor Phil Scott may veto the compromise measure if the Senate also approves the measure.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott will be facing a primary race in his run for re-election.

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.

Brenda Siegel
Brenda Siegel for Governor/Facebook

A fourth Democrat has entered Vermont’s race for governor this year.  Brenda Siegel is the executive director of the Vermont Dance Festival in Brattleboro. She is a delegate to the Windham County Democratic Committee and the vice chair of the Newfane Democratic Committee.  Siegel says she is running because people like her are not represented in government.

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
vermontgetsstern.org

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Governor Phil Scott delivers inaugural address 1-5-17
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The inaugural address by newly-installed Vermont Governor Phil Scott on Thursday emphasized fiscal stability and enhancing the economy with no new taxes or fees.  Reaction was mixed and followed partisan lines.

Phil Scott takes the oath of office 1-5-17
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Vermont’s 82nd governor was sworn in Thursday afternoon.  Republican Phil Scott delivered an inaugural address stressing affordability.

Governor Phil Scott
Governor's office

The group hosting the inaugural gala for Vermont Governor-elect Phil Scott is extending the deadline to buy tickets.

Democrat Sue Minter (left) and Republican Phil Scott
Candidates' Facebook pages

Could a former major league pitcher and third-party candidate for Vermont governor force the Legislature to choose the state’s next governor?  Today’s race between the Republican and Democrat is so close that some wonder if either can obtain the required 50 percent for a clear win.

Democrat Sue Minter (left) and Republican Phil Scott
Candidates' Facebook pages

Vermont's two top gubernatorial candidates were crisscrossing the state on the final day of the campaign and they have different messages about the economy.

Phil Scott
Candidate's Facebook page

Phil Scott served five terms in the Vermont Senate before being elected Lieutenant Governor in 2010.  The Republican is now seeking the state’s top office. The businessman and race car driver has been campaigning for a year. When his campaign began, some thought his popularity combined with the state’s tradition of flipping parties when an incumbent governor leaves office provided Scott with the overwhelming advantage.  Instead, he faced a primary and a strong challenge from Democrats.  Now, as Election Day looms, Scott says the goal of his campaign is making Vermont more affordable.

Sue Minter
Sue Minter for Governor/Facebook

Democrat Sue Minter beat four challengers in the August primary and now faces Republican Phil Scott and Liberty Union candidate Bill “Spaceman” Lee in her quest for Vermont Governor. With just over a month remaining in the race, she says she wants to focus on making Vermont more affordable.

Bill Lee in Nashua, New Hampshire
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Former Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee is expanding on his storied baseball legacy by throwing a curveball into Vermont politics.  He is the Vermont Liberty Union Party’s candidate for governor.  Lee tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he is seeking the state’s top office because one of the founders of the party asked him to run.

VT Gov. Phil Scott
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Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott released his health care plan on Wednesday.  It’s an approach that fits his affordability policy strategy.

Election 2016 graphic
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The Republican and Democrat running for Vermont Governor participated in their first broadcast debate Monday night.  While generally polite, the two candidates offered clear differences in their philosophy regarding several issues.

On Tuesday, Vermont will hold its earliest ever state primary.  It’s an unusual year in that all seats in the House and Senate are up for election, although not all face primaries.  The top five elected offices in the state will also be chosen in the general election in November. In the race to replace retiring Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin, five candidates have lined up in the Democratic primary. 

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin in South Burlington July 19, 2016
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On Tuesday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an executive order to give preference in awarding state contracts to businesses in the state that adopt climate friendly business practices. Following the formal signing of the document in South Burlington, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley discussed several issues with the governor — including his concerns over the passage of legislation by Congress last week and expectations that President Obama will sign a bill that will override Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law.

Governor Peter Shumlin discusses executive order
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an executive order today that will give preference when awarding state contracts to businesses working to fight climate change.

Vermont Statehouse
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The five major party candidates for Vermont governor will be discussing Vermont's economic future in the time of climate change during a forum Tuesday evening.

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