Part II: Nice Guy’s Finish

David Moats, in his excellent editorial aimed at deciphering Governor Scott’s “weirdly disproportionate use of a governor’s veto threat,” exposes the governor’s endgame: to usurp local authority over school employee compensation while pulling savings already anticipated for local school budgets into Montpelier’s coffers. How did we get here? Let’s rewind to the beginning of the year. In January, the governor presented his budget outline to the legislature. While some items were enticing – more funding for the State College system and for preschool education – as the funding mechanisms came into focus, his plan got little serious consideration in the legislature, including from Republicans

Part I: Budget Impasse

This morning I found myself writing an extensive blog post about what the hell has been going on in Montpelier the last three weeks. Then I tripped over Tuesday’s Rutland Herald. David Moats, the Pulitzer Prize winning editorial writer for the Herald, gives a critical overview of Governor Scott’s budget veto threats. I’ll put up Part Two of my blog post tomorrow adding a little granularity to this recounting of the budget standoff, but for now I offer you some of Moats’ “Budget Impasse” piece from earlier this week: “Gov. Phil Scott’s effort to force the Legislature into accepting his proposal for the state to seize a share of teachers’ health care savings is a weirdly disproportionate us


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Jim Masland and Tim Briglin were elected to represent the Windsor-Orange 2 district towns of Norwich, Sharon, Strafford, and Thetford in the Vermont House of Representatives.  Their current two-year term is for 2019-2020.


Jim Masland is serving his eleventh term in the Statehouse and is a member of the Ways & Means Committee.


Tim Briglin is serving his third term in the Statehouse and is the Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee.


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