A special I am Vermont Strong license plate will make a comeback

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A special “I am Vermont Strong” license plate that was issued to help raise money for recovery from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 will make a comeback following historic flooding in the state, Gov. Phil Scott said Friday. The plates were first issued in 2012 and sold for several years. When then-Gov. Pete Shumlin extended their availability in 2016, he said the plates had come to symbolize the state’s toughness and resiliency. Various fundraising efforts are underway to help get homeowners and businesses back on their feet. On Friday, Scott announced a $20 million state relief grant program for businesses that suffered physical damage due to the flooding.