Also wants EV mileage tax to supplement gas tax
By Guy Page
Gov. Phil Scott today threatened to veto the Brattleboro charter change allowing 16-year-olds to vote in local elections. Speaking at a noontime press conference today, Scott said he vetoed a similar bill in recent years and that his mind hasn’t changed since then.
The House yesterday gave preliminary approval to H386 on a voice vote. However, a roll call is expected on third and final reading today.
Guv waiting for appeal decision on Mifeprestone ban – like governors in many other states, Gov. Phil Scott is waiting until Friday befor taking any action about a federal judge’s ban on Mifeprestone, a chemical abortion drug.
The ban will take effect nationwide on Friday unless struck down beforehand by a federal appeals court.
Until then, the pro-legal abortion governor is keeping his powder dry regarding alternatives. “We’ve been in touch with Planned Parenthood, to seek advice,” Scott said. He said sourcing the drug through Canada is an option.
Police communications snafu exposed during ‘active shooter’ swatting – During the recent swatting incident at the Middlebury library, police outside reportedly could not communicate with police inside due to problems with the $12 million V/Comm communications system. Some first responders say the system is too complicated to train workers and that accessing it on cellphones is difficult. When asked about the incident, Gov. Scott said he’d heard “some of the same things” but added, “I don’t have any details at this point.”
Guv hopeful for rural 25-unit housing developments – The Rural Caucus of the Vermont Legislature is making progress at restoring in the House a 25-unit Act 250 exemption for rural housing construction. The exemption was removed from the Senate bill before it passed the Senate last month. “We hope to restore what was removed,” Scott said. “The fact is, we have to. We need to do something about Act 250. If we say it [housing shortage] is a crisis, we better address it like it’s a crisis.”
Contingency planning for housing for illegal immigrants – when Red border states like Texas and Florida were busing and flying illegal immigrants to blue states like New York and Massachusetts last year, Gov. Scott directed his administration to make plans to house and care for any immigrants sent to Vermont. While that immigration didn’t happen, the plans made by the administration could come in handy if many of the illegal immigrants crossing the northern border in unprecedented numbers decide to stay in Vermont.
At present, Vermont is just a pass-through state enroute to New York and other more urban states. But Scott said he hopes some will stay. “I would like to see some considered in Vermont….we do need some to stay [to work]. But thus far it hasn’t been a long stay for any of them.”
Unaware of gender reassignment surgery age limit question – Critics of S37 say it has no minimum age limits for puberty blockers or sex reassignent surgery. VDC asked Scott, “Now that our Constitution assures absolute reproductive liberty, are you concerned about standards of care shifting to allowing middle-schoolers to elect surgery over the wishes of their parents?”
Scott was unaware that the Senate bill had moved over to the House and added, “I can’t pretend to know the intricacies of that bill.” He later added that his main concern is shielding abortion/trangender care providers from legal challenges, and that his administration would look into the age limit question.
Shorter session must accompany legislative pay hike – the Vermont Senate’s approval of a pay and benefits hike is okay with Gov. Scott – with one big condition. The Legislature must reduce the length of the session to 90 days. “If the real goal is to get more people running for office, the real problem is the length of the session,” he said.
Supports open borders to assisted suicide seekers – a bill expanding access to assisted suicide to non-Vermonters has the governor’s support. “I’m supportive of it. I don’t think you can shut down the border. It has to be open to any and all,” Scott said. But he added, “I wouldn’t use it to draw people here.”
Opposes college library legislation – “I think it’s a terrible idea,” Scott said of proposed legislation requiring full funding of state colleges. “You can’t micromanage.”
EV mileage charges needed in lieu of gasoline tax – “I don’t see how we can do without it,” Scott said. As for grid capacity, Vermont will need grid upgrades and large-scale battery storage to meet eventual demand for electrification due to EVs, heat pumps, and other replacements of fossil fuel.
“As for grid capacity, Vermont will need grid upgrades and large-scale battery storage to meet eventual demand for electrification due to EVs, heat pumps, and other replacements of fossil fuel.”
I have seen virtually no details about grid upgrades that will likely be necessary to accompany “widespread” electrification of Vermont.
Large scale battery storage is indeed also essential but, again, I have seen little details about how that will be accomplished.
“They” say the devil is in the details, but in Vermont such details are often hard to find.
But not the devil. The devil is easy to find here. Within the lawmakers.
This anticipated veto is because Scott is holding out for the 10 year old vote.
The 10 year olds have been a particularly well informed and vocal constituency in the state.
He is feeling pretty confident in this as the consensus is the 6 year olds can’t read enough to make a difference. Otherwise….
NO ONE who enters this country illegally should EVER be considered for citizenship.
F.L.M.!!!!!!!!!!! FEDERAL LAW MATTERS!
16 yr olds are idiots and know only what their progressive liberal public school teachers tell them. They don’t watch any news, not even fake news. They are clueless as the goings on in our world. This is purely an attempt for guaranteed DEM votes.
Assisted suicide seekers? Looks like the Californian at Parro’s Gun Shop found a means for assisted suicide, without even having to jump through hoops to buy a gun.
As to 16 year olds being able to vote, crazy idea! They do not have developed brains to make rationale decisions other than what flavor vaping the state has allowed them to partake in. And they do not pay taxes or have any idea how their vote will affect others financially.
Gov Scott wants to consult with Planned Parenthood on steps to get around the availability of the abortion pill ??? What the heck is the matter with him, and a Republican to boot! RINO
“They” say the devil is in the details, but in Vermont such details are often hard to find. Too funny Gerry, srsly b/c since moving here, I tell my peeps in the Mid-Atlantic states that everything in VT is a freaking secret. Everything, for real!! UGH!! Y’all need to look under them lakes, sometime… just sayin’.
The Gov must believe he can roll us over like dumb chickens. The fact of the matter is that if there were no immigration, the U.S. population would quickly stabilize and we would have no need for additional housing, i.e., there would be no housing crisis at all.
This is the ruse the Dems and Rhinos are playing on us — open our borders, and then declare we have a housing crisis. Of course the real estate development industry is dancing!! AND, they all play this game in flagrant violation of U.S. law.
Incredible! And he claims to have “integrity”?!?!
“But thus far it hasn’t been a long stay for any of them.” The new arrivals see for themselves Vermont is as bad as the places they are escaping from – speaks volumes! Some lived under tyranical communist rulers…they spot the obvious right away!
“While that immigration didn’t happen, the plans made by the administration could come in handy if many of the illegal immigrants crossing the northern border in unprecedented numbers decide to stay in Vermont.”
Would just like to remind readers the correct term in this situation is “migration”- “Immigration” implies the traveler has pre-approved visa documents or is a member of a participating visa waiver agreement country.
Asylum seekers are “paroled” into the US, which is technically legal, but more of a legal limbo that is meant to be temporary- the problem is, cases are backlogged 10-15 years! The cartels know this and use it to profit. Trump knew it too and was the first to address it as much as I hate to say that. It’s just pure fact this Biden/Mayorkas admin has stripped asylum officers of the power to screen out fraudulent claims and lowered the bar for “credible fear”. This is why all of El Sal, Guatemala and Honduras came knocking on our door his first week in office.
Finally, tack on the executive orders he issued his first week to ICE regarding who they were allowed to arrest (short version: nobody except for murderers and gang bangers mostly) and we have what equates to an OPEN BORDER (by design).
Oh yeah, and Phil, I almost forgot- it DID happen. Anyone who drives through FIVE CORNERS in the morning or Williston lately, might have noticed all the darkly complexed, 5’ tall fully grown men walking around with backpacks or Romanian speaking women panhandling WITH CHILDREN. I promise you these aren’t Vermonters.
I should prob also mention the only thing Phil WAS right about is that they are most likely quickly moving on- the only roofing company that seems to be exploiting this labor source is “Vermont Construction” and all the Romani gypsies have already skimmed all the banking information they need to wreck havoc in Vermonters lives for years….