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Vermont Lawmakers Scramble to Reach Budget Settlement

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Vermont lawmakers are scrambling to reach a budget settlement acceptable to Republican Gov. Phil Scott.

Late Friday, the Vermont House approved a third state budget, but the future of the plan is uncertain.

Lawmakers will be back at the Statehouse Monday looking for a deal.

The bill does not lower non-residential property tax rates as Scott, who vetoed the first two budgets, has been demanding.

If no budget can be passed by July 1 state government could shut down.

The plan passed by the House Friday angered many Republicans because they said it reneged on promises made by Democratic leaders to reduce all property tax rates.

Scott says he's disappointed that the bill didn't fully address his concerns, but he'll withhold judgment.

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