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Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed the 2022 state budget this week. The fiscal plan is being lauded by advocates as the state allocates federal COVID relief funds to address infrastructure, environmental and social equity needs.

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Like Massachusetts on Friday, Governor Phil Scott says Vermont’s outdoor mask-wearing requirement will end Saturday.

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The Vermont Senate passed a $7.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2022 Friday afternoon.

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The appropriations committees of the Vermont Legislature took testimony this week on Governor Phil Scott’s proposed 2022 state budget.

Screenshot of Vermont Governor Phil Scott delivering his virtual budget address
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A virtual joint session of the Vermont legislature was held this afternoon to hear Governor Phil Scott’s budget address.

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The Vermont Legislature reconvened Tuesday after a month-long break. Just before the virtual session, key House leaders discussed the priorities for the mini-session.

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At a tricky time for fiscal planning, Vermont Governor Phil Scott this week outlined a budget plan he will present to the legislature.

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The Vermont House deliberated and eventually passed a transitional budget for the first quarter of 2021.  But there was some confusion over a number of amendments that had been added to the bill.

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The Vermont Legislature hopes to give final approval this week to a state budget for the first quarter of the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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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.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed the state’s 2020 budget on Tuesday, saying it’s fiscally responsible and affordable for Vermonters.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott has outlined his $6.1 billion budget plan.

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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott outlined a $6.1 billion fiscal plan during his budget address Thursday.

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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says incoming lawmakers should expect a lean budget in the upcoming session of the state Legislature, which begins in January.

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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.

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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.

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The Vermont Senate has voted in favor of the third budget bill passed by the House and sent the bill to Republican Governor Phil Scott, who has until the end of the week to sign or veto it.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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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.

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Tuesday, the Vermont House failed to obtain the two-thirds support necessary to override Governor Phil Scott’s budget veto and must now craft a third budget. If it is not completed and approved by July 1st, the state faces a government shutdown.

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The Vermont House on Tuesday failed to override Governor Phil Scott’s second budget veto.

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The Vermont House is expected to  vote on Tuesday whether they will override Republican Governor Phil Scott's veto of the second budget bill.

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.

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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.

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The Vermont Senate has approved the second budget bill of the year, but it faces a likely veto from Republican Governor Phil Scott.

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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.

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The Vermont House of Representative will reconvene for a final vote on the second budget bill of the year.

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As the budget dispute continues in Vermont, a proposal has been offered that would avert a state government shutdown.  But an effort to fast-track the bill in the Vermont House failed to receive enough votes on Wednesday.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
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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 House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (left) and Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
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Both chambers of the Vermont Legislature gaveled into special session this morning — and after less than an hour each chamber adjourned until next Tuesday.  After adjournment the House and Senate leaders expressed continued frustration with the Scott Administration.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
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Saturday night, the Vermont Legislature adjourned despite Governor Phil Scott’s promise to veto the just-passed budget and property tax bills.  Late Tuesday the governor sent a letter to the House Speaker and Senate Pro Tem notifying them that a special session would begin next Wednesday, May 23rd.  During a conversation earlier Tuesday, Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe, a Progressive/Democrat, expressed strong disagreement with the governor’s recent actions.

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