• Vermont November 16, 2021 12:40 pm

    Vermont Governor Proposes Special Legislative Session on Local Mask Mandates

    Gov. Phil Scott has proposed that the Legislature hold a special session to grant communities the authority to issue temporary indoor mask mandates as legislative leadership calls for him to do more about the surge in COVID-19 cases. Scott has said he will not reimpose a state of emergency that would authorize him to restore a statewide mask mandate, saying…

  • Vermont October 13, 2021 11:33 am

    Vermont COVID Cases Up 26%; No Change in Prevention Tactics

    The number of new COVID-19 cases in Vermont increased 26% in the last week and 8% over the last two weeks, but Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday he didn’t believe reimposing mask mandates would help reduce the spread of the virus. Speaking at his regular weekly virus briefing, Scott said he continues to recommend that people wear masks during indoor…

  • Vermont June 9, 2021 10:28 am

    Here's What's in Vermont's Newly Signed $7.3B Budget

    Gov. Phil Scott has signed a $7.3 billion state budget that he says will put Vermont on a path to a more prosperous and equitable future. Scott’s office announced late Tuesday that he had signed the budget and a separate bill that will accelerate community broadband deployment across the state. The budget includes funding small business pandemic relief, community revitalization…

  • Vermont Budget May 23, 2021 11:44 am

    Vermont Legislature Ends Historic Session, Agrees On $7.3B Budget

    The Vermont Legislature adjourned on Friday, ending a historic session during the coronavirus pandemic where they mostly met virtually and deliberated on how to spend about $1 billion in coronavirus recovery funds. The Democrat-controlled legislature reached agreement on a $7.3 billion budget that the Republican Gov. Phil Scott said earlier in the day Friday that he could likely support, barring…

  • Vermont April 19, 2021 9:40 am

    Vt. Vaccine Registration Opens for Residents 16 and Older

    Vermont is opening up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents age 16 and older. Registration for this final age segment opens on Monday morning. High school students ages 16 to 18 were allowed to make vaccine appointments a few days earlier, on Saturday. Last week, Vermonters aged 30 and older were eligible to make appointments. “It is remarkable and exciting…

  • Trump removal January 7, 2021 6:39 pm

    Vermont Leaders, Of All Major Parties, Call for Removal of Trump

    Vermont’s most prominent politicians are calling for the resignation or removal from office of President Donald Trump, following Wednesday’s assault on the U.S. Capitol—which the president’s critics insist was the result of his repeated false claims the 2020 election was stolen from him.

  • Vermont January 7, 2021 5:34 pm

    Vermont Politicians Call for Trump's Removal

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and three of the state’s congressional leaders are calling for President Donald Trump to leave office following Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.

  • Vermont December 24, 2020 6:27 pm

    Spreading Holiday Cheer in Vermont

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott called the students’ work an “inspiration to people everywhere.”

  • coronavirus in vermont December 24, 2020 2:12 pm

    Vermont Given Out 30% of Allotted Vaccines, With More on the Way

    Vermont reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths in a briefing Thursday, some of the lowest rates nationwide as vaccine distribution ramps up. The state reported a seven-day positivity rate of 2.1%, while 22 people remain hospitalized and six are in intensive care units, according to Vermont Commissioner of Health Dr. Mark Levine. More than 6,382 doses…

  • Giving Tuesday December 1, 2020 7:05 pm

    ‘Our Community Will Keep Showing Up:' Vermont Nonprofits Grateful for Support on ‘Giving Tuesday'

    Vermont’s governor asked people who can to consider participating in Giving Tuesday, the charity movement which reported raising nearly $2-billion for U.S. nonprofits on the day in 2019. “In a year when so many are hurting, please consider donating to a local charity, your food bank, rescue, shelter, or nonprofit, to help those in need,” Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont,...

  • Giving Tuesday December 1, 2020 6:43 pm

    Vermont Nonprofits Grateful for ‘Giving Tuesday' Support

    The governor of Vermont pleaded with the public to consider participating in Giving Tuesday, the charity movement that annually raises donations for those in need.

  • Gov. Phil Scott October 2, 2020 2:25 pm

    Trump Diagnosis a Reminder to Remain Vigilant: Scott

    News that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 “is a reminder that this virus knows no boundaries and we have to remain vigilant in order to remain safe,” Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Friday during his bi-weekly virus briefing. Scott, who said his thoughts were with the president, his family and the…

  • Vermont economy August 22, 2020 9:54 pm

    Vt. Gov. Scott Proposes More Economic Recovery Grants

    Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Friday proposed using $133 million more in federal coronavirus relief funding to help businesses and others recover from the pandemic.  The proposal, which requires legislative approval, would devote $23 million to expand the economic recovery grant program and $50 million for hospitality and tourism grants. An additional $50 million would be used to give every…

  • Vermont August 1, 2020 8:15 am

    Vermonters Learn of Mandatory Face Mask Rule Starting Aug. 1

    Word of Gov. Phil Scott’s newly-announced mask mandate spread quickly across Vermont Friday. “The masks are a good thing,” said Cindy Hallett of Rutland, who had to wear a mask in order to enter the Walmart in the city for a shopping errand. “I wouldn’t be able to work at my job right now if we didn’t use masks.”...

  • mask mandate July 24, 2020 5:14 pm

    Vt. to Require Masks in Public Starting in August

    Although Vermont has consistently had one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the county and not had a death in more than a month, Gov. Phil Scott says beginning Aug. 1, a mask mandate will be in effect.

  • COVID-19 pandemic June 13, 2020 6:55 pm

    Vermont Legislature Gives Final Approval to Mail Voting

    The Vermont Legislature gave final approval Friday to a bill that will allow mail-in voting for the November presidential election in case the COVID-19 pandemic makes it too dangerous for people to go to the polls. The bill that had already been approved by the Senate passed the Democratically controlled House by a vote of 115-29 and now moves to…

  • Gov. Phil Scott May 28, 2020 2:12 pm

    Vermont's Governor to Seek Re-Election, Won't Campaign Now

    Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced Thursday he is running for re-election, but he won’t hire staff, actively campaign or raise money until the current state of emergency because of the coronavirus is lifted. In an email to supporters, Scott said that during the pandemic, Vermont needs a governor who is focused full-time on responding to the disease. “I...

  • restrictions eased May 6, 2020 4:54 pm

    Vt. Governor Eases Restrictions on Outdoor Activities

    Vermont’s governor Wednesday further eased COVID-19-related restrictions on activities in his state, allowing for limited socialization and outdoor recreation activities.

  • restrictions eased May 6, 2020 4:54 pm

    Vt. Governor Eases Restrictions on Outdoor Activities

    Vermont’s governor Wednesday further eased COVID-19-related restrictions on activities in his state, allowing for limited socialization and outdoor recreation activities.

  • coronavirus May 4, 2020 12:56 pm

    Vermont Expands Health Care Services

    Vermont will resume certain outpatient services, clinic visits and diagnostic imaging, Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday. “Restarting Vermont must be a phased approach,” Scott said during an update on the state’s response to the pandemic. “We feel it’s safe to resume more health care services in Vermont.” Outpatient surgeries and procedures that have a “minimal impact” on Personal Protective...

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