Phil Scott

Vermont Statehouse summer 2018
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Vermont's two main gubernatorial candidates held their first debate Friday at the Tunbridge Worlds' Fair.

The general election campaign is under way in Vermont and Democrats and their candidate for governor are slamming incumbent Governor Phil Scott for accepting donations from a pharmaceutical company. The first-term Republican’s campaign shot back that the challenger is being hypocritical and should instead focus on real issues.

Christine Hallquist
Christine for Vermont/Facebook

Vermont voters have chosen their general election candidates and made history in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

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Tuesday is Primary Day in Vermont and Connecticut. In Vermont, there are several high-profile races including the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primary. The incumbent GOP governor faces a challenger and five Democrats hope to advance to the general election.

Senator John Rodgers
Vermont Legislature

Five Democrats are running in Vermont’s gubernatorial primary on Tuesday. The only one with legislative experience is state Senator John Rodgers.  He is also the only one of the five who does not fully support all of the gun restrictions passed by the Democratically-controlled legislature and signed by Republican Governor Phil Scott last session.  Rodgers says he had initially decided to run for re-election to the state Senate but agreed to a write-in campaign after a number of people asked him to run in the gubernatorial primary.

Phil Scott (left) and Keith Stern
Candidates' Facebook campaign pages

Republican Governor Phil Scott and challenger Keith Stern faced off last night during a forum in advance of Vermont’s August 14th primary.

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.

Governor Phil Scott listens to revenue report from state economist
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Governor Phil Scott received an update on Vermont revenues from the state’s economist this week. He says there are enough revenues this year that his office and the Democratically-led legislature should be able to reach an agreement on the 2019 state budget.

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 Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
Vermont Legislature

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott called a special session of the state legislature to begin today. It comes after he promised to veto the budget and property tax bills presented to him, although he has yet to officially veto the fiscal plans.  On Tuesday, he nixed a number of other bills, including one that would raise the minimum wage, and a paid family leave measure.  Vermont Senate Pro-Tem Democrat/Progressive Tim Ashe says that move was an example of continued frustration the legislature has with the administration.

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
James Ehlers for Vermont/Facebook

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.

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.

70x2025VT logo
70x2025VT

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.

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