Eric Davis: Scott talks new issues, but not all

There are several important issues that Scott did not address in his speech. Other than acknowledging, and saying he respected, the Legislature’s decision to meet remotely for the first two weeks of the session, and stressing the importance of in-person learning for K-12 students, the governor had little to say about COVID-19 safety and mitigation measures.

Gov. Scott outlines his priorities for 2022

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday delivered his State of the State address to the General Assembly, outlining his priorities for the 2022 legislative session and reporting on the progress of the last year. The governor cited the unique opportunity … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Governor fails the test on statewide mask mandate

I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I am with our governor and his flunkies with regards to the non-masking of Vermonters.

Gov. Scott supports Biden’s new COVID action plan

“I share the President’s commitment to progress by prioritizing what we know will work best, which are not the broad restrictions of 2020.”

Gov. Scott in Brandon: We are stronger after Irene

BRANDON — On the 10th anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, Brandon served as the symbolic poster child for towns from all across Vermont that suffered immense flood damage during that storm. Gov. Phil Scott held a press conference there last Wednesday, Au … (read more)

Scott touts state’s pandemic response

MIDDLEBURY — Saturday was indeed a day of giving thanks and congratulations in Middlebury, as residents and visitors alike hailed the newly minted Lazarus Park and a downtown transformed by a just-completed tunnel project.Gov. Phil Scott praised those res … (read more)

Eric Davis: Delta challenges Scott’s approach

The Vermont Department of Health reported on Monday that there were 1,553 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the state over the past two weeks, and that there were 33 people hospitalized with COVID, 13 of them in intensive care. The count of new cases and … (read more)

Goodrich digester goes live

SALISBURY — The state’s top two elected officials on Wednesday helped Salisbury’s Goodrich Farm launch the Northeast’s largest farm-powered anaerobic digester, a facility that will convert cow manure, food and beverage waste into renewable natural gas.Alo … (read more)

Gov. Scott says reopening is going well

MONTPELIER — It’s been a week since Vermont lifted all COVID-19 restrictions — and the skies didn’t fall. On the contrary, as Gov. Phil Scott emphasized in Tuesday’s press conference, new case numbers continue to decrease throughout the state, Vermonters … (read more)

Scott inks $7.35B state budget

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott last week signed an expansive $7.35 billion state budget that, buoyed by federal Covid-19 relief funds, invests heavily in broadband, affordable housing projects and measures to fight climate change.This year’s spending packag … (read more)

Vermont returns to ‘normal’ as Scott rescinds state of emergency

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott this morning lifted all state COVID-19 restrictions.The State of Emergency, in place since March 13, 2020, will expire at midnight tomorrow.The order came after the announcement that Vermont yesterday became the first state to … (read more)

Editorial: Riding coattails, getting credit

Vermont’s Democratic Party has a bone to pick with the national news media: the national media, party officials allege, are giving Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, major kudos for leading an expansion of voting rights in Vermont. It’s a ripe story in the na … (read more)

Gov. Scott lifts 10 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants

MONTPELIER — The full reopening of Vermont is slated for the coming weeks, but Gov. Phil Scott has jump-started one reopening measure: The lifting of a 10 p.m. curfew on Vermont businesses.“We’ve gone from less than 30% to over 50% of the 18-to-29 age ban … (read more)

Gov. Scott sets 80% vaccination rate goal

Gov. Phil Scott announced at the Friday, May 21, press conference that when 80% of Vermont’s eligible population — those age 12 and older — have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state will enter Step 4 of the Vermont Forward plan an … (read more)

Scott sets roadmap to fully reopen Vermont

VERMONT — “We have roughly 90 to go, 90 days to stay united so we can get back to normal,” Gov. Phil Scott said at his Tuesday, April 6 press conference. After July 4, Scott said he anticipates the state will only issue guidance — recommendations rather t … (read more)