Vermont governor takes oath, calls for civility and growth

FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott speaks before signing a gun restrictions bill on the steps of the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt. Scott, despite a backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported, won his party's primary to seek a second term as governor on Tuesday, Aug. 14. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont's Republican Gov. Phil Scott is calling on the state's lawmakers to find common ground and inspire a renewed faith in government that will give hope to everyone.

Scott made the comments at the Statehouse on Thursday after he took the oath of office for his second, two-year term as governor.

Scott reiterated a theme of his first term, that Vermont's population is stagnant. He says the lack of growth threatens the state's economic future.

Scott says he plans to propose programs to make Vermont more affordable and attract more young people to the state.

Democratic House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and President Pro Tem Tim Ashe both say they agree with the governor's call for civility and goals, but they are waiting to hear the details of his proposals.

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