Republican Gov. Phil Scott told reporters at his weekly press conference Tuesday that the latest coronavirus data trends do not warrant another state of emergency declaration in Vermont.
Again, for broad mandates I’d need to declare a state of emergency and the data still doesn’t support that step. What’s more, I do not think it is the right approach and my team has not recommended it.
At a press conference last week, Republican Gov. Phil Scott shifted his focus away from coronavirus case counts and on to hospitalizations and deaths when discussing vaccinated Vermonters. The downplaying of cases is a reversal of his focus since the beginning of the pandemic.
“The school boards and superintendents who are implementing masking policies are simply doing what the state — at my direction — is recommending. The attacks towards them are absolutely unacceptable, and if they want to blame someone, they can blame me.”
U.S. News has this breathlessly overlong piece about Vermont. It’s a very blue state with a three-term “Republican” governor. Can it be a template for healing America? Only if more Republicans lay down or act like Democrats. But that’s not bipartisan, it’s surrender.
“This is a somber anniversary as we reflect on the damage done, lost homes, and worst of all, the seven people who died during and in the immediate aftermath of the storm,” Governor Scott said. “At the same time, we all saw that Irene brought out the best in Vermonters, with countless acts of courage and kindness.”
On Monday morning Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced he is lifting all state-issued lockdown policies regarding masks, social distancing, travel requirements and other restrictions, and many observers on YouTube blasted him for exercising dictatorial power over their lives for 15 months.
“Now that we have hit 80%, as promised and effective immediately, I am lifting all remaining state pandemic restrictions and the state of emergency will formally end at midnight June 15,” announced Gov. Phil Scott at a press conference Monday.
“There are no longer any State COVID-19 restrictions. None. Unless there is a federal requirement in place, like for public transportation or long-term care facilities, employers, municipalities and individuals can operate under the same conditions as before the pandemic.”
“This is a truly transformational budget that will allow us to recover from the pandemic and address some longstanding challenges, including our workforce shortage and economic inequity that exists from county to county,” said Governor Scott.
Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed two bills that would have let noncitizen residents of Montpelier and Winooski vote in local elections. However, he signed H.430, which will create a program similar to Dr. Dynasaur so undocumented immigrant children and pregnant woman can obtain health insurance coverage.
The Scott Administration worked closely with the Legislature to pass historic investments, including $190 million for housing, $150 million for broadband and $50 million to mitigate climate change this year.