Latest Phil Scott News

Vermonters, pummeled by floods exactly a year apart, are assessing damage, beginning cleanup

Jul. 12, 2024 17:45 PM EDT

PLAINFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Volunteers, some with heavy equipment, shoveled river silt and mud from roads, homes, yards and driveways and removed flood-ravaged items from homes Friday in one of the Vermont communities hardest hit by flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Beryl. Former...

A second person has died in Vermont flooding from Hurricane Beryl’s remnants, officials say

Jul. 12, 2024 05:44 AM EDT

PLAINFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A second person has died in Vermont in the flooding from Hurricane Beryl’s remnants, officials said Thursday. John Rice, 73, died when he drove his vehicle through a flooded street Thursday morning in Lyndonville, police Chief Jack Harris said. The...

Their Vermont homes were inundated by extreme flooding. A year later, they still struggle to recover

Jul. 10, 2024 15:28 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A year after catastrophic flooding inundated parts of Vermont, Lisa Edson Neveu and her two teenage sons still live in their flood-wracked home despite unrepaired damage that festers like an open wound: torn-out walls and floors, a missing ceiling in one room and a...

Vermont Legislature overrides governor, passing overdose prevention, renewable energy, tax measures

Jun. 17, 2024 18:15 PM EDT

The Democratic-controlled Vermont Legislature on Monday overturned a number of the Republican governor's vetoes, passing measures to prevent drug overdoses, restrict a pesticide that's toxic to bees and to require state utilities to source all renewable energy by 2035. But the...

Vermont governor vetoes data privacy bill, saying state would be most hostile to businesses

Jun. 14, 2024 12:59 PM EDT

Vermont’s governor has vetoed a broad data privacy bill that would have been one of the strongest in the country to crack down on companies’ use of online personal data by letting consumers file civil lawsuits against companies that break certain privacy rules. Republican Gov....

With home prices up more than 50%, some states try to contain property taxes

Jun. 02, 2024 04:33 AM EDT

For retirees Tom and Beverly McAdam, the good news is the value of their two-bedroom home in suburban Denver has risen 45% since they purchased it more than six years ago. That's also the bad news, costing them thousands more in real estate taxes and leaving less for discretionary...

Vermont governor vetoes pilot safe injection site intended to prevent drug overdoses

May. 31, 2024 15:59 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s governor has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the creation of a pilot overdose prevention center in the state's largest city of Burlington, including a safe injection site where people could use narcotics under the supervision of trained staff and be...

Vermont becomes 1st state to enact law requiring oil companies pay for damage from climate change

May. 31, 2024 15:00 PM EDT

Vermont has become the first state to enact a law requiring fossil fuel companies to pay a share of the damage caused by climate change after the state suffered catastrophic summer flooding and damage from other extreme weather. Republican Gov. Phil Scott allowed the bill to become...

Vermont's Republican governor allows ghost gun bill to become law without his signature

May. 29, 2024 09:51 AM EDT

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, has allowed a bill to become law that requires serial numbers on firearms that are privately made with individual parts, kits or 3D printers. Scott allowed the bill, part of an effort to crack down on hard-to-trace ghost guns that are...

Vermont governor vetoes bill requiring utilities to source all renewable energy by 2035

May. 23, 2024 17:33 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s governor vetoed on Thursday a bill that would have required state utilities to source all renewable energy by 2035, saying it would be too costly for ratepayers. Under the legislation, the biggest utilities would need to meet the goal by 2030. If...