Gov. Scott launches fourth bid for Vermont’s top office

Gov. Phil Scott is running for a fourth term. Hours after he announced his reelection plans in a news release Tuesday morning, Scott told reporters in Montpelier that he “carefully considered (his) options” when deciding whether to seek another two years in office. “It’s been a long six years” in office, he said, but he has more work yet to do. “We’ve made some historic investments… investments that I think will give us a high return,” the 63-year-old Republican said. “We have to follow through on them, and … (read more)

Scott lifts some coronavirus limits for bars & hotels

Bars and restaurants with counter seating will be allowed to serve customers, under new guidelines announced Friday by Gov. Phil Scott, and lodging facilities can open to 100% capacity. Bars will be required to maintain a six-foot separation between custo … (read more)

Vt. House overrides Gov’s Global Warming Solutions Act veto

The Vermont House voted Thursday to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act, legislation that would legally require the state to meet carbon emission reductions targets in the coming years, and allow individuals to sue the gove … (read more)

Size of Vt. social gatherings expanding to 25

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott on Friday announced the resumption of additional close contact businesses, dental procedures, businesses that require work in the home, and of limited overnight youth summer camp programming. As state modeling continues to ind … (read more)

Scott extends state of emergency to June 15

With just one COVID-19 patient now in an ICU in a Vermont hospital, Gov. Phil Scott on Friday, May 15, continued to open the state to an economic recovery. Scott promised he would relax the Stay Home/Stay Safe orders that have kept Vermonters in their hom … (read more)

Gov. Scott extends ‘stay home, stay safe’ order through May 15

Gov. Phil Scott on Friday extended until May 15 a “stay home/stay safe” executive order that has closed businesses, emptied streets and other public places, and put many thousands of Vermonters out of work. The order, which Scott signed March 24 in respon … (read more)

Legislators: Vetoes hurt Vermont affordability

MIDDLEBURY — Local lawmakers on Monday warned that Gov. Phil Scott’s recent veto of bills aimed at increasing the minimum wage and creating a paid family leave program will make it harder to accomplish one of his top priorities: Attracting and retaining m … (read more)

Governor Scott draws line on tax hikes

MONTPELIER — Like last year, the Republican governor is proposing a conciliatory approach to legislative initiatives and small-bore changes across state government. And like last year, his No. 1 issue is Vermont’s ongoing decline in workforce population. … (read more)

Editorial: Governor’s budget speech hits right notes politically, but actions fall short

At the heart of Gov. Phil Scott’s budget address to the Legislature this week is defense. It’s a budget that promises a smidgeon to almost every political issue his political opponents might ponder, while offering few initiatives one might criticize. That … (read more)

Editorial: Zuckerman’s entry adds vigor to Dem’s chances to oust Scott

Speculation that Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, a Progressive/Democrat, will run for governor of Vermont brings renewed vigor to the effort to defeat two-term Republican Gov. Phil Scott. That’s because Zuckerman has won two statewide campaigns as lieutenant go … (read more)

Gov. Scott directs new public records policy

VERMONT — Gov. Phil Scott issued a directive to state agency heads Wednesday, Nov, 13, allowing members of the public to use personal devices to replicate government records during inspection at no charge. The governor had previously issued the same advic … (read more)

Governor Scott recognizes Vt.’s hunting history

BARRE – Flanked by store owners, hunting and angling groups and supporters of outdoor recreation, Governor Phil Scott today recognized the important contribution hunting, fishing and related activities have in strengthening and diversifying Vermont’s econ … (read more)

Governor Scott weighs in on small schools

MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Phil Scott on Monday urged school officials to think more creatively about sharing resources — including school consolidations — amid declining student numbers and rising public education expenses. Scott addressed the prospect of public … (read more)

Dairy strategy includes limits on milk production

MIDDLEBURY — Agriculture was an important topic addressed by Gov. Phil Scott and Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts when they spent Monday in Addison County for a “Capital for a Day.” In an meeting with the Addison Independent, the two men gave their in … (read more)

Editorial: Keeping small schools, small towns: ‘It just comes down to math,’ Gov. says

As advocates of small schools and those supporting school consolidation come to terms with declining enrollments and rising costs, here’s the conundrum both face: consolidation is the right short-term answer to cost-cutting to contain higher and higher ta … (read more)

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