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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott Addresses To Lawmakers To Close Legislative Biennium
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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott Addresses To Lawmakers To Close Legislative Biennium

Governor Phil Scott Delivers Message To Lawmakers To Close Legislative Biennium Montpelier, VT (STL.News) On Friday, Governor Phil Scott delivered the traditional adjournment address to both chambers of the Vermont Legislature, commemorating the close of 2019-2020 legislative biennium. A transcript of Governor Scott’s remarks, as delivered to the House, is included below. Transcript: Governor Phil Scott: Madam Speaker, Representative Krowinski, Representative McCoy, Representative Chestnut-Tangerman and members of the House. On January 7, you returned to session with a mixture of hope and excitement, to do the work of government - to solve problems and help people. I remember that well from my years in the Legislature. In my State of the State Address, I asked you to join me in rising...
Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs S. 337, Funding To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs S. 337, Funding To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Governor Phil Scott Signs S. 337 Which Directs Funding To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Thermal Energy And Transportation Sectors Montpelier, VT (STL.News) Vermont Governor Phil Scott  today signed S.337, creating new programs to reduce to greenhouse gas emissions in the thermal energy and transportation sectors. “In my State of the State address, I once again advocated for using energy efficiency funds to support transportation electrification – a key transformation we must achieve to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Governor Scott.   “I am pleased this was an area of common ground and appreciate the Legislature’s work to implement it through S. 337 and incorporate changes proposed by my Administration.  As we continue our work together to do Vermont’s part in addressing c...
Vermont Governor Phil Scott On The Anniversary Of The September 11 Terrorist Attacks
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott On The Anniversary Of The September 11 Terrorist Attacks

Montpelier, VT (STL.News) Vermont Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement: “Nineteen years ago, this morning, I was at work when a report came over the radio that a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers in New York. I stopped what I was doing and turned on the television.  I watched as another plane flew into the second tower and it soon became clear that our nation was under attack.  I watched as we learned a third plane had hit the Pentagon and then a fourth went down in rural Pennsylvania. And I watched as the towers came down and sat in disbelief seeing the images of smoke rising from New York City.  We all watched, in real time, as the world was changed forever. “Like every American who lived through September 11, 2001, I remember everything about that day: The shock...
Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs Bipartisan Letter Calling for Restoration of Census Deadline
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott Signs Bipartisan Letter Calling for Restoration of Census Deadline

(STL.News) – Governor Phil Scott has signed onto a bipartisan letter calling on the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau to restore the deadline for the 2020 U.S. Census, which has been moved from October 31 to September 30, 2020. In addition to Governor Scott, the letter was signed by the governors of Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina, and New York. “The Census determines Vermonters’ access to federal funding, and we won’t get another shot until 2030,” said Governor Scott.  “It is essential that our federal partners honor the original deadline to ensure a complete and accurate count of every Vermont community. And it is very important for Vermonters to be sure they are counted.” The letter cites concerns about reaching a 100% response ra...
Vermont Governor Phil Scott Announces Funding to Complete the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott Announces Funding to Complete the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

(STL.News) – Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) today announced that the Legislature has approved funding to accelerate the completion of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT).  As proposed in the Governor’s FY21 budget, the allocation totals $2.8 million, which will be matched by $11.3 million in federal funds, to complete construction of the trail by the summer of 2022. “The LVRT will bring together some of our most rural communities while boosting local economies and improving quality of life for Vermonters and visitors,” said Governor Scott.  “I appreciate the cooperation of the Legislature, our federal and local partners and VAST in getting us a step closer to making this long-time goal a reality.” “We are pleased to enter into this new phase of...
Economic Recovery Grant Program Expands Eligibility to More Vermont Businesses
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Economic Recovery Grant Program Expands Eligibility to More Vermont Businesses

(STL.News) – Governor Phil Scott, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and the Department of Taxes today announced expanded eligibility for Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the original eligibility criteria, a business was required to have at least one W-2 employee who was not an owner of that business.  Starting today, August 3, businesses with at least one W-2 employee - now including those who are an owner - are also eligible and encouraged to apply. “Businesses of all sizes are doing everything they can to survive under the difficult circumstances caused by this pandemic, and it’s our responsibility to step up and support them in the recovery,” said Governor Scott.  “We are hopeful these new require...
While Reopening Efforts Continue, Governor Phil Scott Extends State of Emergency
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While Reopening Efforts Continue, Governor Phil Scott Extends State of Emergency

While Reopening Efforts Continue, Governor Phil Scott Extends State of Emergency (STL.News) –  Governor Phil Scott today signed an executive order to update and extend the State of Emergency in Vermont to July 15.  The latest order reflects all current re-openings and eased restrictions, which have been underway since late April to account for the State’s low case counts and continued slow growth rate. State data and modeling shows overall spread of COVID-19 continues to be limited, even as the state has seen an isolated outbreak with 84 related cases in the Winooski area. Governor Scott also detailed how a robust testing and tracing program; better knowledge of the virus; greater public awareness of, and adherence to, preventive measures; health and safety requirements across sectors; a...
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott Establishes Racial Equity Task Force
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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott Establishes Racial Equity Task Force

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott Establishes Racial Equity Task Force (STL.News) – Governor Phil Scott has signed an Executive Order to form the Racial Equity Task Force as a component of a broader state effort to promote racial, ethnic and cultural equity, including in its response to COVID-19. “We cannot continue to treat racism and examples like the one in Minneapolis as uncomfortable and rare events, which is why we’ve been working on a Racial Equity Task Force in recent months,” said Governor Scott.  “A task force is not the cure-all for what ails us.  It is going to take some soul searching and real change—individually and systemically—to make a difference.  The good news is, we can fix this without waiting for a vaccine or other solutions out of our control.  It just takes us uniting to mak...
Vermont Governor Phil Scott and DMV Announce Restart Plan for Driver’s License Services
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott and DMV Announce Restart Plan for Driver’s License Services

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and DMV Announce Restart Plan for Driver’s License Services, Learner’s Permit Tests (STL.News) – Governor Phil Scott and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today announced a restart plan for resuming driver’s license tests and a new service for Vermonters to receive their learner’s permit online as the state begins limited resumption of services paused due to COVID-19. “As operations and services come back online, the DMV has found new ways to serve Vermonters and will continue to innovate,” Governor Scott.  “I’m grateful for Vermonters’ patience as we adapt to new health and safety measures, especially young drivers who are eager to get on the road.” Starting today, Vermonters can take the learner’s permit test online at the DMV website, dmv.vermont.gov. ...
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott Announces Opening of Additional Business Operations
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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott Announces Opening of Additional Business Operations

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott Announces Opening of Additional Business Operations, Increased Social Gathering Sizes (STL.News) –  Governor Phil Scott today announced the resumption of additional close contact businesses, dental procedures, businesses that require work in the home, and of limited overnight youth summer camp programming.  As state modeling continues to indicate a low number of COVID-19 cases, he also increased the size of social gatherings. “We’re able to take these steps because Vermonters have been smart and safe.  We continue to see very low case numbers because Vermonters are using common sense and making good choices,” said Governor Scott.  “This must continue if we want to open things further and, so far, Vermonters are doing just that.” The Agency of Commerce and Communit...
DFR Approves Plan to Provide Nearly $3 Million in Dental Insurance Premium Relief
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DFR Approves Plan to Provide Nearly $3 Million in Dental Insurance Premium Relief

DFR Approves Plan to Provide Nearly $3 Million in Dental Insurance Premium Relief (STL.News) – Governor Phil Scott and Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) Commissioner Michael Pieciak today announced the approval of a premium relief plan submitted by Northeast Delta Dental, Vermont’s largest provider of dental benefits.  In total, $2.89 million in premium relief will be provided to approximately 70,000 Vermonters after the suspension of most dental services due to COVID-19. “I’m grateful for Northeast Delta Dental’s effort to ease the burden on Vermonters as we’ve had to limit dental services in response to the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Governor Scott.  “Every bit of relief for Vermonters during this difficult time is valuable, so I appreciate DFR’s ongoing work with the insurance ...
Vermont Governor Scott Appoints Kelley Tully to Fill Windham-3 House District Vacancy
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Vermont Governor Scott Appoints Kelley Tully to Fill Windham-3 House District Vacancy

Montpelier, VT (STL.News) Vermont Governor Phil Scott today announced his appointment of Kelley Tully, Democrat, to fill the Windham-3 House District vacancy.  Tully replaces former Representative Matthew Trieber (D-Rockingham) who resigned in February. “During this once-in-a-century challenge, Kelley’s experience as a nurse and in business will be of great value as my team and I work with the Legislature in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Scott.  “She will bring an important perspective to the House and I appreciate her stepping into public service during these difficult times.  She will represent the people of her district well.” Kelley Tully is the president of C & H Transportation and vice president of Cota & Cota, a third-generation family business in Bello...
Vermont Attorney General Donovan and Stakeholders Once Again Join Forces in Defense of 3SquaresVT
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Vermont Attorney General Donovan and Stakeholders Once Again Join Forces in Defense of 3SquaresVT

Coalition Urges Vermonters to Submit Comments on Proposed Cuts to Benefits Montpelier, VT (STL.News) Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan, joined by several stakeholders, announced that his office will be submitting comments in opposition to the Trump Administration’s third proposal in the past year to cut benefits from SNAP, known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT.  The latest proposal threatens to cut over $25 million in benefits to Vermonters by changing the way in which utility costs, including heating and cooling, are calculated when determining benefit amounts.  The change will result in a benefit reduction for an estimated 68 percent of Vermont households receiving 3SquaresVT.  The average monthly 3SquaresVT benefit per Vermont household is currently $216.  However, if this rule goes into e...