Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday laid out his vision for Vermont in a State of the State address that prescribed a path to recovery from the pandemic and beyond. Speaking from Montpelier’s Pavillion Auditorium to a remote joint assembly of the Legislature, Scott outlined his legislative agenda. “I can report to you today that the state of the state is strong,” Scott said. Scott highlighted cooperation with the Legislature last year, investing $600 million in pandemic relief cash into housing, broadband, climate change, and economic recovery. While addressing the pandemic and the latest surge caused by the omicron variant remains a priority, he says the state also needs to tackle other pressing issues. Topping the list is the health of the state’s workforce. Vermont has lost 30,000 workers since 2010. “It’s clear that while the pandemic didn’t create this problem, it has made it much, much worse,” Scott said. The governor will also ask lawmakers to support a tax relief package focused on retirees, middle-income families, and young workers. Scott says the government needs to keep spending in line, but he has some spending initiatives of his own.
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