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 national press because most Republican governors are doing the opposite and passing restrictive laws that depress voter participation among people of color and favor the status quo.Scott stands apart as a Republican governor championing progressive ideas.Not … (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)

Scott pitches a $1B plan to invest in infrastructure

VERMONT — Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday unveiled a plan to spend $1 billion of federal COVID-19 aid on major investments in broadband expansion, affordable housing and initiatives to address climate change. If approved by the Legislature, Scott’s proposal wo … (read more)

All Vermont adults can sign up for vaccine by April 19

VERMONT — Gov. Phil Scott on Friday announce that all Vermonters will be eligible to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations by April 19. At his semi-weekly press conference, Scott released the order in which the rest of the Green Mountain State residents will … (read more)

Judge: Vermont’s mask mandate is constitutional

A judge ruled against the owner of a former UPS franchise Friday in Vermont’s first legal test of the state mask mandate, ordering him to comply with masking rules if he wants to keep running his store. The civil decision against Andre “Mike” Desautels — … (read more)

Vermonters 70 and up to get vaccine on Tuesday, Feb. 16

UPDATE: In just the first 15 minutes that reservation phone lines for 70-year-olds were open the Vermont Health Department received more than 7,000 calls from people making appointments to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, Department of Health officials sai … (read more)

Senate rejects Gov. Scott’s effort to restructure Act 250 review

The Vermont Senate on Feb. 4 voted to reject an executive order issued by Gov. Phil Scott to restructure the state’s process for reviewing Act 250 land use permits. The order, signed by the governor last month, would give more power to the state’s Natural … (read more)

Scott pitches major investments in pandemic recovery

VERMONT — As Vermont continues to grapple with an economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday pitched a state budget that preserves state government programs and makes major investments in affordable housing, broadband, … (read more)

Editorial: Governor Scott’s dream budget

Thanks to a big push from congressional Democrats to extend federal COVID relief aid to states, on Tuesday, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott proposed a dream $6.83 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2022: It proposed no increase in proposed taxes or fees, it avoided c … (read more)

Watch Gov. Scott’s 2021 state budget address

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday delivered his fifth budget address to the General Assembly, presenting a balanced budget that, with the help of federal stimulus, includes $210 million in investments to strengthen the economy, create more and bette … (read more)

Text of Gov. Phil Scott’s 2021 Budget Address

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday delivered his fifth budget address to the General Assembly, presenting a balanced budget that, with the help of federal stimulus, includes $210 million in investments to strengthen the economy, create more and bette … (read more)

Gov. Scott eases some pandemic restrictions

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott announced at the beginning of his weekly Tuesday press briefing the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions in Vermont. He announced three central changes: •  “A small, short-term modification in our gathering policy.” Scott said … (read more)

Mt. Abe student briefs Gov. Scott on COVID

MONKTON — Mount Abraham Union High School 10th-grader Angelita Pena was selected as a student representative to the State Board of Education in the middle of a global pandemic, so it’s no surprise that her first major project in that role was to help coll … (read more)

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