Op-Ed: “We need a governor who helps workers”

Vermont is a state in desperate need of the full productivity of its people. I have heard from businesses in every corner of the state about how hard it is to find workers. However, our broken health-care system makes it impossible for many Vermonters to afford to work full time or for better wages. Here is one example of what it looks like.

Time for Action

Commentary by Rebecca Holcombe The vast majority of Vermonters agree: we face a climate crisis. Our climate-dependent industries are threatened. Our water isn’t clean. Flooding is harming crops and damaging roads. We have more ticks, with their associated illnesses. The vast majority of Vermonters also agree that we, as a state, must take immediate action […]

Rebecca Holcombe Condemns Health Care Rate Increase; releases proposals to lower health care costs for Vermonters

NORWICH—Last week, the Green Mountain Care Board approved double-digit rate increases for qualified health plans, affecting nearly 75,000 Vermonters. At a time when so many Vermont families and small businesses are already struggling to pay for health care, these rate increases are unacceptable. These rate increases will increase the burden on Vermont families, make it […]

Former Ed Secretary Rebecca Holcombe to Run for Governor of Vermont

For the first 15 months of Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s administration, Rebecca Holcombe served as his secretary of education. Now she’s hoping to oust him from Vermont’s top job.  The 52-year-old Norwich resident, a former teacher and principal, announced Tuesday morning that she’ll seek the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2020. That makes her the first […]

Rebecca Holcombe Announces Candidacy for Vermont Governor

Rebecca Holcombe Announces Candidacy for Vermont Governor Lifelong Educator Will Extend Opportunity to Every Vermonter Holcombe: “I’m running for governor to take the state in a new direction – to put my experience as a lifelong educator to work and make sure every Vermonter has an equal opportunity to succeed.” NORWICH, VERMONT – Today, Rebecca […]

Rebecca Holcombe: Administration’s numbers in new ed plan don’t add up

Gov. Phil Scott repeatedly proclaims his dedication to making Vermont more affordable, growing the economy and protecting the most vulnerable. His administration’s latest education proposal, developed with input from his cabinet, advocates building a second, parallel education system statewide, by paying for tuition vouchers for any student to any of “the public schools, technical centers, and […]

Vermont Democrats Begin to Explore 2020 Bids for Governor

Last week, Gov. Phil Scott dismissed a question about running for reelection in 2020. “It was just five or six months ago that I was sworn into office,” Scott said. “Any decision will come after the legislative session. It’s just way too early.” Early or not, potential challengers are already sniffing around. Two Vermonters are actively considering […]

Former education secretary Holcombe exploring a run for governor in 2020

Former Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe is giving “serious consideration” to running for governor and expects to make an announcement in the coming weeks. Holcombe, 52, was one of the few holdovers from former Gov. Peter Shumlin’s cabinet who continued to serve in Gov. Phil Scott’s administration, but she resigned last year due in part to major policy […]