Approved by Burlington residents in 2014, the charter changes have languished in the Legislature, which, along with the governor, must sign off on them before they are enacted.
One cardinal rule of fiscal responsibility is not spending windfall money on programs that will continue when the windfall money disappears. By and large, the governor and Legislature tried to honor this principle.
Five Democrats, including three incumbents, are competing in the Aug. 9 primary election to earn one of three slots on the November ballot.
It is critical to have the best possible Vermonters in place, crafting the future laws of our state. These best Vermonters should not have to be independently wealthy to serve. It should not be a financial hardship to serve in the Legislature.
Many legislative studies solicit specific policy proposals. But others are a way to postpone decision-making on controversial issues.
Battleground districts in Franklin County and across the state could determine whether Democrats hold the power to override the governor’s vetoes in the next legislative session.
After a veto-heavy legislative session, Vermont’s largest city walked away with both wins and losses, leaders said.
Rep. Mike Yantachka, a Democrat, faces a challenge from a local journalist after voting against the proposed constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights. He now says he would vote “yes.”
Vermont lawmakers passed a wave of police reforms immediately after the murder of George Floyd two years ago. Since then, progress has been slow.
The law will tweak the school funding formula to direct more money to districts with many low-income, rural and English-learning students.
The governor has now vetoed 32 pieces of legislation, a Vermont record. A distant second is former Gov. Howard Dean, who issued 21 vetoes while serving twice as long in office as Scott has.
The proposed workaround would have let tens of thousands of Vermont business owners deduct their full state and local income taxes from their federal income taxes, likely resulting in increased tax revenue for the state.
The state will have at least four new leaders in top executive roles come January, at least one new member of Congress and dozens of new state legislators.
Both of the House’s powerful “money committees,” which wield budget and tax-writing power, will have new leadership next year. So will several policy-focused committees.