Memorable lines from the governor’s second address to the state suggest that he will once again oppose increases in taxes, fees and spending while promoting skilled jobs and affordable housing.
Aside from the caterwauling on the left side of the House and predictions of our moon exploding and destroying all life on the planet because taxes might be cut, reform of one kind or another is inevitable. Why? Because it’s not really the revenue side of the equation that’s the bulk of the problem. It’s the spending.
The Bennington School District board was faced with a case of severe sticker-shock on Monday, as their first draft budget showed a large projected tax rate increase despite a more modest increase in spending.
With Vermont facing an education fund deficit of at least $50 million, school boards and property-tax weary constituents across the state have a challenging budget season ahead.
Gov. Phil Scott and lawmakers reached agreement on a budget and teacher health care deal that makes good on the promise of fiscal restraint in Vermont.
Rutland area school superintendents haven’t taken an official stance on Gov. Phil Scott’s plan for a statewide health care plan for all teachers, but they say the idea offers wide-ranging benefits.
The Vermont Senate on Friday approved a plan to preserve collective bargaining and keep teacher health care negotiations local, but Gov. Phil Scott again threatened a veto, saying the plan burdens school districts and doesn’t achieve multi-year savings.
Vermont’s General Fund revenues for April are in, and the numbers are about $21.65 million short of the monthly target set by the Emergency Board in January.