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Scott: Nomination flawed but acceptable if confirmed

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday he will accept an appointee to the Green Mountain Care Board made by the previous governor if the Senate votes to confirm her, even as his administration continues to voice concerns about whether she should be confirmed. Robin Lunge was appointed to a six- year term on the Green Mountain Care Board, the state’s health care regulatory body, by former Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin in mid- November before he left office in early January. She began serving in an interim capacity as a board member on Nov. 28 because the Senate was not in session and could not immediately act to confirm the nomination. But as Vermont Public Radio reported Monday, the paperwork that i s typically filed when such an appointment is made could not be located when the Senate Health and Welfare Committee recently tried to act to confirm Lunge’s appointment. Continue Reading →

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Watch: Capital Beat with Jason Gibbs and Rep. Helen Head

Rep. Helen Head, D-South Burlington, the chairwoman of the House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee, and Jason Gibbs, chief of staff for Gov. Phil Scott, discuss a proposed merger of the Department of Liquor Control and the Lottery Commission. The House voted this week to reject an executive order signed by Scott that seeks such a merger. Continue Reading →

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Scott administration discourages fraternizing with lawmakers, lobbyists

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott and a top aide are directing administration officials and staff in the governor’s office to avoid fraternizing with lawmakers and lobbyists at restaurants and bars during the legislative session. Chief of Staff Jason Gibbs said the “informal directive” was relayed to most people hired or appointed by the governor as Scott worked on putting his administration together. “When folks are hired they’re encouraged to exercise great discretion, particularly as it relates to going out in Montpelier during the legislative session and participating in after-hours activities,” Gibbs told the Vermont Press Bureau. Gibbs said he discussed the idea with the governor prior to Scott taking office last month and both agreed that staff and appointees should be directed to limit their after-hours interactions. “It was a conversation that started between me and him about whether we wanted to provide some guidance to members of the team about the governor’s expectation for their participation in the after-hours scene associated with the legislative process,” Gibbs said. Continue Reading →

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Transition: A look at the Scott team

MONTPELIER — Republican Gov.-elect Phil Scott’s transition team is in full swing, working on a proposed state budget and developing policy proposals for his first term that will begin in early January. As of Tuesday afternoon, Scott’s transition team included 11 full-time staff and three part-time committee chairs overseeing various parts of the transition. Tim Hayward, who previously served as chief of staff to former Republican. Gov. Jim Douglas, is serving as the director of the transition team. According to Jason Gibbs, a former aide to Douglas also serving on the transition team, several people are involved in policy development, including Republican Franklin County Sen. Dustin Degree. Continue Reading →

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