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Will unions be exempt from single payer?
I urge True North to follow the health care proposals in both chambers and report which employee or employer groups will be exempt form this proposal, in whole or in part. Maybe a scorecard approach that could be updated frequently would help Vermonters keep track.
Vermonters, just not them? Guess we’ll find out if you can keep us informed.
Real cost of education higher than reported
I noticed that you quoted Brad James giving a figure for per pupil spending as $12,000 and change. That’s if you use only current expenditures. When you add non-current expenditures, which gives a better picture, it’s around $20,000 per pupil. There are 92,000 students in Vermont. If we spent $19,000 per student instead of $20,000, that would be $92 million in savings. Just a thought.
We need more leadership on education spending
It frustrates me deeply that administrative educational expenses are repeatedly dismissed as “only 7% of the budget.” If I did the math correctly that is still at least 140 MILLION dollars. It is a shame we are missing leadership on the education spending issue. The possible solution(s) to the myriad problems afflicting VTs educational system aren’t complicated (even though our existing education structure IS), they simply require political will and a reality check.
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