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By Xander Landen,

Gov. Phil Scott has quietly started fundraising for his 2020 reelection campaign, although he has yet to formally declare whether he will seek a third term.


By John Margolis, (Commentary)

Davis agreed.  "Once Phil Scott decides he no longer wants to be governor, where do Republicans turn?" he said.  Davis said he could think of only two Republicans - Sen. Joe Benning of Caledonia and Rep. Heidi Scheuermann of Stowe - who seemed likely to be viable statewide candidates in the near future.  Both, like Scott, are moderates.

Congressman Welch Press Release

With the bustling Stowe Foliage Arts Festival as a backdrop, Rep. Peter Welch today unveiled legislation he is championing in Congress to boost international tourism to Vermont.  Welch made the announcement at Top Notch during a roundtable discussion with leaders of Vermont's travel and tourism industry.

By Josh O'Gorman, Stowe Reporter

Knight urged passage of H.298, a bill introduced during the most recent legislative session that would set aside 2 percent of rooms-and-meals tax receipts for the express purpose of marketing the state to tourists.

Among the bills sponsors is Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe.

“I’ve seen, over the years, how the market has changed. We’re not just competing with other New England states. We’re competing with the rest of the world,” Scheuermann said in an interview following the meeting.

“Our funding has remained static for years, while it has increased in other states.”

Scheuermann pointed to Maine, which does what her bill proposes to do, and has seen its marketing budget balloon to $15 million annually.

“This is an investment that will pay off for Vermonters,” Scheuermann said. “We can use the money for water clean up. We can use it to serve our most vulnerable Vermonters.”

The bill was introduced and referred to the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, and Scheuermann is confident it will receive more attention during the upcoming legislative session.

Molly Mahar, president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association and member of the Travel and Recreation Council, lauded Scheuermann for her efforts while expressing a need to find a supporter in the Senate.

“We need to find a Senate champion,” Mahar said. “We have Heidi Scheuermann on the House side, and we have a few people in the Senate we’ll be approaching.”

By Tommy Gardner, Stowe Reporter

The Stowe Area Association last week honored Rich and Nancy Haab, the owners and hands-on operators of Stowe's Sunset Grille and Tap Room, as the group's business leaders of the year.

State Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, presented the award to her friends, "two fo the hardest-working people in Stowe." Scheuermann said Rich and Nancy met as two young culinary graduates in what would become "their life's work and passion."


By Xander Landen,

“We have seen nothing from anyone for weeks and weeks and weeks and now all of a sudden suspend rules so we can pass these so we can adjourn?” said House Minority Leader Pattie McCoy, R-Poultney.

“The nineteenth week, the eleventh hour, and they still don’t have it? Something’s wrong, and I will absolutely not suspend rules on that,” she said.

With 43 members, Republicans in the House have the 38 votes needed to successfully prevent Democratic leadership from taking up bills ahead of schedule. When bills move between the House and the Senate, lawmakers must wait 24 hours before holding a vote—unless the rules are suspended.

Throughout the session, Republicans have opposed the proposed minimum wage increase and the Democrats’ paid leave plan, which relies on a mandatory payroll tax.

“The governor’s probably going to veto them,” said Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe. “Why should we have to stick around for a point they’re trying to make?”

By Kevin McCallum, Seven Days Off Message

This is good news, this is bad news, and this is an opportunity, all rolled into one," Rep. Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) said.

Not needed to raise taxes now is good, she said.  Using the rooms and meals tax, which is largely generated by the tourism industry, to solve a statewide problem, is unfortunate, she said.


By Taylor Dobbs, Seven Days Off Message

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) has opposed using rooms and meals tax because she says tourism - the primary source of revenue from the tax on rooms and dining - don't have enough of a connection to the water pollution problem that the legislation is meant to address.

By Taylor Dobbs, Seven Days Off Message

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) represents one of the districts that's been ordered to merge, and has been leading a tripartisan coalition of lawmakers in both chambers trying to get the deadline extension legislation across the finish line since mid-January.  Last week, she sent a letter to House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) asking her to follow the Senate's lead and assign a new trio to the conference committee.

Scheuermann wrote that "with just two weeks left in our legislative session, it is clear that there will be no more work on this conference committee if the House does not discharge its current conferees and appoint new ones - specifically, new members who support House bill 39 and will work to find consensus on this important bill."

By Caleigh Cross, Stowe Reporter

In a slow, light rain - the way air feels after a firefighter shuts down the last hose - Wendall Mansfield was celebrated and mourned last Friday.