A few selective take-aways from Gov. Phil Scott’s press conference today:
- Scott would consider expanding sales tax on services, products, but only to reduce overall burden. Asked about a plan to reduce the percentage of the sales tax but expand the scope of taxable products and services, Scott said: “This isn’t the time to increase taxes on anyone….if the Legislature is talking about reducing the burden, I’m all ears.”
- In his heart, Phil Scott is a Republican. Asked about the petition asking him to leave the GOP, he noted he fared well in both the 2020 primary and general election. “I think it’s unfortunate. We’ll see where it goes. If the Republican Party doesn’t want me to be a member of their club, that’s one thing. But I’m still going to be a Republican. That doesn’t change. I am who I am. I have never professed to be anyone different.”
- He doesn’t know yet whether stopping construction on the XL Keystone pipeline will affect Vermont fuel price and availability.
- There’s no need to double-mask, Health Commissioner Mark Levine said. Even with more transmissible variants coming to the United States, “the reality is, just wear a mask. That really is the core value and the thing to take home. You need to just keep doing all the things you do all the time, to keep yourself safe.”
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