One wonders if some of Sen. Chris Pearson’s contractor friends will invite him back to their barbeques after he pulls this on them. It should come as no surprise that finding Pearson’s “libertarian streak” is a bit like chasing the elusive Bigfoot.
The smoke and flames should have alerted you that the house is on fire. But, instead of calling the fire department, you sweep up the crumbs, do a load of dishes and grab the fly swatter. That, in a nutshell, is the 2021 legislative session. We didn’t deal with the urgent and immediate issues.
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.
Those voting yes believe the bill would encourage and help landlords who own blighted or vacant rental properties to bring them up to code, increasing the overall amount of rental housing available in the state. Those voting no believe this would cripple Vermont’s short-term rental industry, such as Airbnb’s.
The Legislature failed to help in a meaningful way. Only $30 million in relief grant money was allocated for Vermont businesses. ACCD estimated the known unmet need of employers to be $500 million. The Legislature also advanced a $100 million tax on employers.
The Legislature adjourned Friday until October or January after passing bills that address several legislative priorities the Vermont Chamber worked to support over the past five months.
This year’s legislative session saw two gun-control bills pass their respective chambers, but neither bill advanced beyond that, and both are expected to advance further next year.
The purpose of the bill is to mandate that construction contractors register with the state and conform to certain regulatory requirements in order to legally do business on residential homes in Vermont.
The House and Senate have closed the book on the 2021 legislative session. Conference committees wrapped up their work quickly, no major budget disputes erupted, and the governor has only promised veto action on one bill.
The Vermont Senate finished the 2021 legislative session Friday much the way it began, focusing on social justice themes, including one resolution condemning anti-Asian hate, and another marking the anniversary of the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.
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.
The claim that mailing a ballot to every active, registered voter will make our election system less secure is grounded in the same unfounded logic, yet the same trumped up voter fraud fearmongering is being used to try and stop S.15.