The Deeper Dig: Special session preview

The Vermont Statehouse. File photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger

Last month, Vermont’s legislators did what they do every year: They passed a budget bill and adjourned. This year, they did so knowing that Gov. Phil Scott would veto that budget.

Scott pledged to block the bill because it did not address his proposal to make changes to teachers’ health care negotiations that he said would save taxpayers $26 million. Negotiations on this issue have continued, but legislators have not reached an agreement with the governor. The special legislative session to finalize a resolution to the standoff begins Wednesday.

Erin Mansfield, VTDigger’s health care reporter, joins Tiffany Danitz Pache, our education reporter, for an overview of next week’s action.

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  • Steve Baker

    It’s Not Redistribution because they aren’t paying to begin with. Redistribution is when you extort from one without any benefit and give to another.
    And IMHO this isn’t a race to the bottom, it’s a matter of fairness and asking a well feed monopoly to chip in a little money for the their benefits. Our public school and univercity systems have become a Social Welfare System for Liberals at the expense of the taxpayers and the children it’s supposed to serve.

  • Edward Letourneau

    “… taking money out of their benefits and giving it to someone else.” The plan is to leave the taxpayers with something in their pocket too. Anyone who doesn’t get that, isn’t qualified to be a teacher.