Rep. Peter Fagan (R-Rutland) addressing reporters Friday
Four weeks after heaping uncharacteristic praise on the House budget, Republican lawmakers rescinded their support Friday.
If Gov. Phil Scott rejects the budget, House Minority Leader Don Turner (R-Milton) told reporters, “We stand ready to support and sustain a veto.” More than 30 of his caucus members lined up behind him in the Statehouse’s Cedar Creek Room.
Rep. Peter Fagan (R-Rutland), who played a key role developing the budget as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, explained his change of heart at Friday’s press conference: “I don’t want to leave millions, if not tens of millions, of dollars on the table. We need to return that value to the taxpayers who have supported our teachers for such a long time.”
“The timing may not have been ideal but it’s here,” added Rep. Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe). “Let’s buck up, get our hands dirty, and figure it out.”