t’s a sprint to the finish line for Vermont lawmakers in Montpelier as they put the final touches on an $8 billion state budget

It’s a sprint to the finish line for Vermont lawmakers in Montpelier as they put the final touches on an $8 billion state budget before attempting to adjourn today. The historic $8 billion state spending plan funnels millions into housing, state colleges, the health care workforce, broadband, clean water, and infrastructure. The Senate is still working on tax bills and crafting a budget that Republican Governor Phil Scott is willing to support. But lawmakers came to an agreement on an $84 million workforce and economic development plan they say addresses the governor’s concerns. Another late session showdown is also in the works — Act 250 reform. Governor Scott this week threatened to veto the sweeping land-use bill because he says it would stifle opportunities for home construction. “We need to clear the way for more housing. We don’t need to put up another roadblock,” he said Tuesday. But architects of the plan say the governor is wrong and that the bill provides incentives for housing, supports farming, and protects rural Vermont. “Now is the time to make progress. If the governor follows through on his threat, a path forward for Act 250 reform is murky. Lawmakers say they currently are not planning on scheduling a veto session. 

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