All the latest news, press releases, and commentary from Heidi E. Scheuermann.

As we enter our sixth week of this 2017 Legislative Session, the differences in priorities between Governor Phil Scott and the Democratic majority in the legislature seem to be getting clearer.


As Governor Scott has demanded no new taxes and fees on Vermont families and businesses this year, legislative efforts that seem to be gaining traction include increasing the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour and instituting paid family and medical leave for workers.  And, as the Governor proposed a level-funded Fiscal Year 2018 state budget, the legislature last week dealt a serious blow to his proposal by defeating his proposal to change the date of school budget votes.

As expected, it has been an extremely busy couple of weeks in Montpelier.


Our new Governor, Phil Scott, and his team are working in earnest to ensure his priorities are front and center, and in doing so, are making it very clear that things are going to change.


In one of his first orders of business, he issued three Executive Orders that would restructure State Government.  The goal is to “create more responsive, nimble organizational structures that allow us to more directly align our economic development and workforce efforts, and provide more efficient, effective, and outcome-driven service to Vermonters.”

The 2017-2018 Legislative Biennium began last week with great anticipation as our new Governor, Phil Scott, was sworn in.

In his first Inaugural Address, Governor Scott was sincere in his conviction and humbled by the task before him.  He reflected on his youth in Barre, and the strength, kindness, and compassion of Vermonters he has experienced first-hand throughout his life, as the American flag that draped his father’s casket, after the double-amputee died of injuries sustained in the D-Day invasion, flew in front of the State House.


Governor Scott then continued with honesty about the challenges we face, and he made clear again that his priorities would be exactly what they had been on the campaign trail: a renewed focus on economic growth, a promise to end unsustainable increases in state spending, a vow to protect our most vulnerable, and a commitment to make Vermont affordable again.