Treading Water – VT Pols Going Nowhere Fast On Clean Lakes

Illustration by Luke Eastman.

“It appears the Vermont legislature will join Gov. Phil Scott in delaying again any decision on how to raise millions in new revenue to pay for Vermont's billion-dollar cleanup of its waterways. Environmental advocates and federal regulators are looking on with increasing concern. A temporary source of cleanup funds — $13.5 million a year in capital bonding — is scheduled to dry up in mid-2019, and Vermont has already missed a federal deadline to produce a long-term plan. The issue has become a political hot potato in Montpelier: Neither the governor nor lawmakers have been willing to decide how much money Vermonters will have to fork over in higher taxes or fees.” Click here to read the full article in Seven Days.