The Montpelier mayor was the top vote-getter among five candidates; incumbents Ann Cummings and Andrew Perchlik also qualified for the November ballot.
Two Republicans are running unopposed in the GOP primary and will face off against the three Democratic nominees in the November election.
The $95 million windfall in the education fund is set to be used for universal school meals, PCB remediation in schools and tax relief.
Things are quickly ending up on the cutting room floor as lawmakers hustle to adjourn.
Pollina will have been a member of the state Senate for 12 years when his term ends in January. But he has been a fixture in progressive Vermont politics since the 1980s.
The committee is expected to cost the state $4.5 million over the next five years. Some senators objected to the structure of the commission, which could involve nearly 50 people on various panels and committees.
The governor’s office took the weekly press conference show on the road this week — a field trip, of sorts — to “Vermont’s Largest Job Fair."
The Senate’s tax package would create a smaller child tax credit than what was proposed in the House. It adds in other tax exemptions for child and dependent care and interest on student loans.
The last-minute addition would grant UVM Health Network an effective regional monopoly on cancer medications and other specialty drugs. Insurers say the amendment could significantly raise the cost of these lifesaving drugs.
The Senate Finance Committee has considered several tax relief options that would result in a $35 million package, down from the near-$50 million proposal sent over from the House.
The legislation has turned into a vehicle for a variety of corporate tax reforms and income tax tweaks.
The speaker was attempting to explain the effect a yay or nay vote would have on an amendment to H.157, a bill creating a registry for contractors, when she was interrupted by a stray “Oh, shit!”
“Lookit: The time for this moving is very short."
The bill provides funding and a framework to expand broadband access to rural regions of Vermont in the coming years and is made possible by a windfall of federal Covid-19 relief dollars.