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Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivered his budget address on Tuesday afternoon, emphasizing familiar themes of fiscal discipline and the need to address Vermont’s demographic changes.

Vermont Statehouse
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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.

Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott is serving his second two-year term and Thursday afternoon delivered his State of the State to a joint session of the state Legislature. But the proceedings were stopped shortly after the governor started his speech.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley explains.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott  (file photo)
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The Vermont State Ethics Commission has withdrawn an advisory opinion that found Republican Governor Phil Scott had a conflict of interest with a construction business he once co-owned.

Rebecca Holcombe
Rebecca Holcombe for Governor/Facebook

The former secretary of the Vermont Agency of Education is running for governor as a Democrat.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott, who signed several high-profile gun control laws last year, has vetoed a measure that would have imposed a waiting period to purchase handguns.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott  (file photo)
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After vetoing legislation to impose a 24-hour waiting period to purchase handguns, Vermont Governor Phil Scott said at his weekly press conference that he's not convinced the bill would prevent suicides or gun deaths.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott  (file photo)
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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 (left) and Governor Chris Sununu unveil the Twin State Voluntary Leave Plan
Office of Vermont Governor Phil Scott

The Republican governors of New Hampshire and Vermont have announced a plan for a two-state paid family and medical leave program.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
Vermont Legislature

The Vermont legislature’s last biennium ended following a temperamental special session that pit the Democratically-controlled legislature against the Republican governor.  In November, voters sent Gov. Phil Scott to a second term and placed a Democratic veto-proof majority in both chambers of the legislature. During Governor Scott’s inaugural address last week, he called for finding common ground through consensus and compromise.  Progressive/Democratic Senator Tim Ashe, who is serving his second term as ProTem, tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he heard a couple themes in the governor’s speech.

VT Gov. Phil Scott
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Vermont’s five constitutional officers were sworn into office for the 2019-2020 biennium Thursday afternoon. After taking the oath, Republican Governor Phil Scott delivered an inaugural address outlining his priorities for his second term.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott  (file photo)
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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott will be sworn into his second term next week. His first term was sometimes turbulent as the legislature locked horns over the budget and overrode his  budget vetoes.  He also received praise and reproach for signing the first significant gun restrictions in the state. But in November, voters overwhelmingly sent him to a second term in Montpelier. In this first of a two-part conversation, Governor Scott tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he feels he had a number of accomplishments during his first term.

Democrat Christine Hallquist concedes Vermont gubernatorial race
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Democrats gathered in Burlington to watch state and national results on election night hoping Vermont might flip its gubernatorial leadership from red to blue. But Democrat Christine Hallquist failed to stop Republican Phil Scott’s re-election.

Cris Ericson
Cris Ericson

In recent days, WAMC has been speaking with some of the lesser known candidates running for Vermont governor — as Republican Phil Scott seeks a second term against Democrat Christine Hallquist. Today, WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Independent Congressional and Gubernatorial candidate Cris Ericson. She says she’s running for both offices because she has an idea to ease the tax burden that would work at either governmental level.

Charles Laramie
Charles Laramie for Governor

During a recent debate in Rutland between the two major party candidates for Vermont governor, Charles Laramie shouted from the audience his frustration about the exclusion of minor party candidates from that and other forums. He was subsequently escorted out of the theater. Laramie is a U.S. Navy and Air National Guard veteran, retired teacher and independent candidate for Vermont governor.  He says he entered the race because he believes state leaders are not acknowledging problems or creating real solutions.

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With less than a month before Election Day, the major party candidates for Vermont governor were in Rutland Wednesday evening for a debate that focused on economic issues.

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.

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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.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott  (file photo)
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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.

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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.

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