Scott questions using federal money for hazard pay plan

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he has questions about state lawmakers' plan to give $90 million in hazard pay to essential workers in the state.

Under the bill, grocery store workers, child care providers and others who have been working through the pandemic and interacting with the public would get the three-months' worth of $1,000 grants. The money would come from the $1.25 billion the state is receiving from the federal government.

But Scott says he doesn't believe the federal money can be used for that purpose.

"Great idea, great concept," said Scott. "They're doing it for the right reasons, but we have to ask ourselves the question: 'How are we going to pay for it?'"

The governor says he does support two other bills headed to his desk. One would place a moratorium on evictions and the other would give towns for power to abate property taxes.