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Vermont Gov. Scott thanks lawmakers for passing virus money

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Vermont Gov. Scott thanks lawmakers for passing virus money

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott thanked the Legislature on Monday for its hard work in appropriating around $576 million in spending to help the state confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at his regular Monday briefing, the governor said his office has not received officially the spending Legislation yet, but his staff will study it once it arrives.

“While we haven’t seen eye-to-eye on everything, I want to thank the speaker, Pro Tem and the entire legislature for their efforts to keep moving forward while navigating incredible challenges,” Scott said, referring to Democratic House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, a Democrat and Progressive.

Scott said the the state could begin as soon as Wednesday announcing the first round of state assistance for some Vermont businesses that have been hurt by the pandemic.

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State lawmakers approved more than $576 million in spending from the $1.25 billion Vermont received from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act.

As part of the latest funding package, lawmakers directed money to help the state’s health care providers, money for housing and to improve broadband connectivity across the state.

The Legislature previously allocated other CARES Act funding so Friday’s legislation brought the total to about $1 billion. The Legislature will return Aug. 25 and appropriate the remaining funds.“The legislature and the administration in their various proposals left a little money on the bottom line for August,” Johnson said Monday during a separate briefing for reporters. “This decision was made strategically and consciously to ensure that we’re able to meet the needs of Vermonters.”___NUMBERSThe Vermont Health Department reported Monday six new positive cases of the […]

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