MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott has issued four vetoes ahead of what’s planned to be a three-day special session of the Legislature intended to address the budget and other issues.
Scott’s office released the vetoes late Tuesday that include a paid family and medical leave bill and another that would have raised the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2024.
Scott says both bills would have placed too much of a burden on Vermonters.
In a statement, Democratic House Speaker Mitzi Johnson says the family leave bill is needed to protect Vermont families. She says the bill was passed with overwhelming support of the three major parties.
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Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, a Democrat and Progressive, says not raising the minimum wage will hold Vermonters back.