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Statement from Vermont Conservation Voters on State Budget Address

“The solutions Governor Scott proposed in his budget address for climate change and clean water fall dramatically short of what we need to take on the challenges Vermont faces,” said Lauren Hierl, Vermont Conservation Voters Political Director. “Retrofitting a handful of wood stoves, spending Volkswagen settlement money, and exploring how to package and sell our phosphorus pollution – rather than strongly implementing and enforcing our clean water laws – are fundamentally inadequate. These proposals do not move the dial on either climate change or clean water. We hope the Legislature will step up to the plate – now that it is clear that leadership on these issues won’t be coming from Gov. Scott – to put forward policy proposals commensurate with the challenges and economic opportunities needed to make Vermont a stronger, healthier, and more resilient state.”