House lawmakers on Tuesday voted 90-51 on the governor’s second budget veto, falling short of an override and giving state leaders a week and a half to find an agreement or face a government shutdown.
Gov. Phil Scott yet again vetoed the state budget, leaving just about two weeks left before there could be a government shutdown if no deal is reached.
By using Game Theory, we can predict that any compromise will fall in line more with what Gov. Phil Scott wants and less with what Democratic leadership has proposed, helping Vermont avoid a government shutdown. Scott has the self-interest and the leverage to stand firm for stable taxes.
Another budget was passed by the General Assembly last week and is on its way to the governor’s desk, but it’s most likely destined for another veto unless lawmakers quickly find acceptable compromises.
On Memorial Day, a throng of Vermont veterans, lawmakers and families gathered with Gov. Phil Scott at Swanton Village Bridge to officially rename it the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge.
The special session regarding an anticipated budget veto by Gov. Phil Scott began Wednesday at the Statehouse, and Democrats, Republicans and the administration put competing proposals forward in what could be a lengthy negotiations battle.
Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday vetoed bills for a $15 minimum wage and mandatory paid family leave, citing campaign promises not to raise costs on residents and businesses.
“Real estate-wise, it is hard to market high-end homes when the main state highway through my sales area looks like a war zone,” Boyd wrote. “Clients’ cars have been impacted by blown tires and front-end damage and everyone is asking, ‘What’s up with the road?'”
The Vermont Senate voted Thursday to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of a bill that would enact stricter regulation of toxic substances. The bill will now return to the House, where it originally passed on a vote of 96-42.
“I understand I may lose support over the decision to sign these bills today. Those are consequences I’m prepared to live with.”
The Scott administration is responding to a backlash from gun rights groups amid a wave of gun-control initiatives advancing at the Statehouse following the mass school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida.