Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Vermont governor intends to call special session next week

Vermont governor intends to call special session next week

Scott has indicated he'll veto the state budget passed by the Legislature Saturday.

If both sides can not come to an agreement next week there is the possibility of multiple special sessions before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

It's up to Scott to call that special session.

Scott also said he plans to veto two pieces of legislation important to the Democratic majority: a bill that would require employers to offer paid family leave and a bill that would gradually raise the state minimum wage from $10.50 an hour to $15 an hour.

On numerous bills, Scott has said that Vermonters simply can't afford a bigger government and that initiatives meant to make life better for residents will end up hurting businesses, cutting jobs and making things worse. He proposed on May 7 putting $58 million of one-time funding sources into an education fund that would prevent "chronic deficits" and prevent property tax increases for the next five years.

Lawmakers were willing to use some money in this year's budget to buy down rates. "I'm in favor of doing whatever we can to reduce the cost on Vermonters". The speech did not make any mention of allowing the purchase of imported drugs and focused instead on giving "private entities more tools to negotiate better deals on behalf of consumers, insurers and employers", according to a report from the New York Times. It's an absolute bright line.

Scott's plan is no surprise.

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"Our choices are to give Vermonters back $30 million or $100 million". Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) last January sought to allow for the purchase of drugs from Canada, but failed in a 46-52 vote.

Phil Scott has vowed to veto the state legislature's $5.8 billion budget plan because of objections to new taxes.

Scott on Wednesday discussed his plan for the special session, which would begin May 23.

The bill received unanimous support in the state Senate and was approved 141-2 in the House. And, like Johnson, he says the surest way to resolve the budget impasse is for Scott to sign the spending plan into law.

While Scott has said his administration and lawmakers are "very close" to an agreement, it's still unclear how the parties might settle their differences. At a press conference Wednesday, the governor said this year, he won't budge from his position. They don't want to see more taxes and fees, in a year when we have more revenue.

Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, a Democrat and Progressive, has said he hoped the governor would change his mind and sign both bills. The letter to Johnson and Scott was sent on Tuesday, not Wednesday evening.

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