On Tuesday, the Vermont House failed to override Governor Phil Scott’s second budget veto. The legislature is now attempting to craft a third budget before the end of the month. The day before the override vote, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos sent a memo to legislative leaders and the Republican governor outlining the potential impacts of a government shutdown if a state budget is not in place by July 1st. Condos, a Democrat, says he sent the memo because there has been no discussion or plan put forth as to what would happen in the event of a shutdown.
“Many people are talking about well essential services will be allowed to operate. But there’s no explanation of what that essential services will be. And I just wanted to let them know that there’s issues here that are beyond Montpelier. You know some of the stuff that we do here at this office affects people all over the state.”
Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, a Democrat, was first elected to the position in 2010.