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2022 General Election Results
With most statewide races pre-determined by the results of a competitive Primary and little contest in the General, all eyes were on down ballot races on Election Day. With high voter turnout, election results confirmed that the Democrats will have a veto-proof majority in both the House and the Senate for the upcoming biennium.
A legislative override of a Governor’s veto requires 100 votes in the House and 20 in the Senate. With 109 elected Democrats and Progressives in the House and 23 in the Senate, the majority party will be able to challenge a veto by Governor Phil Scott, even if there is some dissension in party lines on legislation.
What this means for the upcoming legislative session:
Policies championed by legislators on the campaign trail will be in discussion this session, such as universal childcare, affordable housing, climate change solutions, universal school meals, and paid family leave. Additionally, policies that have stalled in recent years due to reprioritization during the pandemic or the execution of a veto, may see new life.
Record-high spending in recent years has been possible by the influx of pandemic-era federal funding. As we look ahead, deliberations on which programs can be sustained must be balanced with the ability of Vermonters to absorb new taxes.
As anticipated, the work of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce this upcoming session will be critical. Our advocacy team will continue to bring attention to the economic and demographic challenges facing businesses by working with the legislature and administration to shape legislation that supports economic growth for businesses, communities, and families.
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