Environmental watchdogs say they’re heartened by Governor-elect Phil Scott’s pick to lead the Agency of Natural Resources, but that it’s too early to discern whether the incoming Republican administration is serious about cleaning up Lake Champlain and tackling some of the other major environmental issues facing Vermont.
Vermont’s incoming governor is among the many Republican officials who opposed Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. But now that Trump has won, Governor-elect Phil Scott says he’ll be looking for ways to work together with the new president.
For the past six months, Congress has been engaged in a bitter political fight over President Obama's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. There's also a vacancy on the Vermont Supreme Court, and the state's Judicial Nominating Board says it's trying to avoid a similar controversy here in Vermont.
Next month, Vermont Treasurer Beth Pearce will unveil a much-anticipated legislative report that will tell lawmakers how to raise the $1.3 billion needed to clean up Lake Champlain and other polluted waterways. And Governor-elect Phil Scott may soon find himself at odds with Democrats — and environmental advocates — over how to come up with the money.
Governor-elect Phil Scott says it's critical for Vermont to take steps to rebuild its transportation infrastructure. But Scott says he'll oppose efforts to raise the state gas tax to provide new revenue for this initiative.
The advocates who have been pushing for paid family leave, free health care for young adults and other progressive initiatives had a clear choice in the race for governor: Democrat Sue Minter. Their candidate lost, however, advocates are now recalibrating a legislative strategy that will require them to win buy-in from Republican Governor-elect Phil Scott.
According to the official results from last Tuesday's election, a record number of Vermonters voted using an early ballot. The results also show that Sen. Bernie Sanders received almost 6 percent of the vote in the presidential race as a write-in candidate.
On Tuesday afternoon in the Statehouse, Republican Phil Scott gave his first news conference as the governor-elect of Vermont, and he says his resounding victory over Democrat Sue Minter gives him a clear electoral mandate.
Six years of Democratic rule in Vermont will soon come to an end. And after a resounding victory for Phil Scott in the race for governor on Tuesday, Republicans will retake the executive branch in January.
Republican Phil Scott will be Vermont's next governor. Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman won the race for lieutenant governor, and T.J. Donovan will be Vermont's first new attorney general since 1997.