The Republican governor highlighted using historic federal funding to invest in climate change mitigation, housing, economic development, community recovery, critical infrastructure such as broadband, and improvements to sewer and stormwater systems throughout the state.
“Just think about this,” Scott said Thursday. “After years of debating how to spend hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions, for programs and new initiatives, we’ve invested billions this session on transformative projects that will put Vermont on a new trajectory.”
The governor on Tuesday had the mayor of Vermont’s largest city and another housing policy expert on hand at his weekly press conference to tell Vermonters now is not the time for red tape when it comes to reforming the state’s land use law, Act 250.
The governor during his weekly press conference Tuesday warned that the state continues to face concerning population trends that will only worsen the tax burden.
“Three years ago, we enacted a law that affirms the fundamental rights of all women and ensures reproductive health decisions remain between a woman and her health care provider – totally free from government interference. … This will remain true in Vermont.”
“I have been clear it does not include enough structural change to solve the enormous unfunded liability problems the State faces. I offered balanced solutions, which were disregarded.”
The governor announced that more than $2.1 million in grants will be distributed to towns and nonprofit organizations to fund purchases of flood-vulnerable homes, floodplain restoration, and other outdoor projects that are designed to protect life and property in the state from future flooding events.
The governor once again is urging lawmakers to consider his warning about unstable economic times that are pressing Vermonters as they decide what to do with a state budget that includes billions in federal assistance.
While taking questions from reporters during his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Phil Scott suggested that an abundance of federal funds in Vermont means “we’re not going to increase taxes now.”
The governor announced the Canadian government is dropping testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers at the border beginning April 1. Canada said testing won’t be required for fully vaccinated travelers entering the country by air, land, or water.
“We know that our border communities are culturally and economically inseparable, and we’re thrilled these communities will be able to more easily go about their daily lives as they did prior to the pandemic.”
Governor Phil Scott on Monday announced his appointment of John Kascenska, Ph.D., of Burke, to the Vermont House of Representatives, representing House District Calendonia-4. Kascenska replaces former Representative Patrick Seymour (R-Sutton) who recently resigned.