Governor Scott

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott laid out a number of priorities in his annual State of the State address Thursday.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports reaction is generally positive although some are curious how Scott plans to pay for the proposals.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott stops in Burlington on Thursday April 4th
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During a stop in Burlington Thursday morning, Vermont Governor Phil Scott discussed the status of the current legislative session in Montpelier.

Governor Phil Scott discusses Vermont budget
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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he's satisfied with many provisions in the new state budget, yet remains disappointed Democrats in the Legislature did not sign onto his plan to hold property tax rates at last year's level.

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A nonpartisan analysis of Republican Governor Phil Scott's education finance plan says it's based on dubious assumptions and it pointed out "major technical errors" in the administration's long-term projections.

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.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott  (file photo)
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott issued a challenge at the recent Vermont Farm Show: find a way to monetize phosphorus, which causes pollution in state waterways.

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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.

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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Key Vermont lawmakers are asking Republican Governor Phil Scott for an alternative budget proposal as it becomes increasingly clear that his won't pass in either the House or the Senate.

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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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.

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.