Leonine: Budget adjustment bill will test the powers that be
Leonine Public Affairs The budget adjustment bill was delivered to Governor Phil Scott on Tuesday. He has until Monday to act on the bill and there is much anticipation about whether he will sign or veto. He has raised concerns that the legislature included $50 million more than he had originally proposed. If he vetoes the bill, it will be the first test of the Democratic supermajority in the Legislature, and would set the tone for other disagreements between the two branches of government over spending and policy proposals currently being developed in the State House. The House Ways and Means Committee approved H.66, which would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave for workers at 90 percent of their salary to care for a newborn and some other personal matters. The program would cost $112 million to start, $117 million annually, and would be paid for with payroll tax split between the employer and the employee.