MONTPELIER – While most of the rest of the country sets its clocks forward one hour tonight, the state of Vermont will experiment with setting its time ahead by one hour and six minutes. In a bold move that the Governor claims will “increase daylight savings up to ten percent,” this will put the state out of sync with the rest of the world.
“This is going to be hugely beneficial for all Vermonters,” Governor Scott said. “We are going to be ahead of everyone else. When their stores open, our stores will have been open for six minutes already. When the people of New Hampshire come to meetings in Vermont, they will be late before they even arrive. This massive savings for the resident of Vermont will have more beneficial results than I can list at this time, but a full report will be available online, starting at 9 AM tomorrow morning. Or, as New Yorkers like to call it, 8:54.”
Reaction to the change has been mixed, with some touting Scott’s fiscal responsibility and increased daylight savings across the board, while others are concerned that this move could be confusing, especially while travelling outside of the state.
Governor Scott has promised to take a “wait and see” approach to this change, and sources close to him say that if it does not work out well, he plans to set the clocks back the full hour and six minutes in November, plus an additional ten minutes to more than make up for the inconvenience.