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Conservative governor, liberal lawmakers clash in Vermont

Last Updated May 27, 2018 at 1:20 pm ADT

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont’s fiscally conservative Republican Gov. Phil Scott is clashing with the state’s famously liberal Legislature.

Scott has vetoed a series of bills dear to many lawmakers. One would have created a paid family leave program and another would have gradually raised the minimum wage to $15.

Democratic leaders said the measure would have made the state more affordable for workers. They suggested his vetoes will be a central issue when Scott faces re-election this fall.

The tense standoff over fiscal matters comes after a legislative session where Scott was able to find common ground with Democrats and progressives in the Legislature.

Scott and Democratic leaders are also in a standoff over the best way to use an unexpected budget windfall.

Lawmakers will continue a special session to pass a budget.

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