budget 2018

Sale of Redstone, a Montpelier landmark, would fund state college merger

The grand building, tucked down a side street from the Statehouse, is a former residence that has been part of the state’s capitol complex since the 1940s.

Committee considers scrapping $35 million housing bond

The Senate Appropriations Committee decided Tuesday to delay consideration of S.100, the bill that contains Gov. Phil Scott’s bond for affordable housing.

House committee further whittles down budget gap

The biggest bite comes in the form of a $5 million revenue package. Lawmakers say the package is not raising new revenue but increasing compliance with existing tax law.

Windham County lawmakers fear effects of federal budget

At a meeting Monday in Brattleboro, legislators discussed drastic impacts on health care, education and transportation if the president’s proposed budget is enacted.

Ashe readies for special session in response to Trump cuts

He has asked senators to pencil in time in October. That would be shortly after the federal budget goes into effect, possibly with major cuts in funding for Vermont.

House seeks governor’s help on budget as administration puts gag on agency heads

The public appeal came hours after the administration circulated a memo asking department and agency heads not to work with the Legislature on budget cuts.

Halfway through the session, lawmakers have little to report to town meeting voters

Observers say it’s early in the session, new leaders are getting their sea legs, and uncertainty hangs over legislators as they worry about potential federal spending cuts.

Lawmakers brief Rutland crowd on budget uncertainties, more

One of the legislators, Sen. Peg Flory, R-Rutland, said federal funding for long-term transportation projects appears safe, while health care is a huge unknown.

Seeing tax hike, House Education panel resists Scott budget

Shifting more costs into the education fund while level funding local spending is unworkable, the committee said, with district budgets running 3.4 percent above the current year.

Jack Hoffman: General fund budget gap? What gap?

The budget conversation in Montpelier should shift away from “the gap” and more toward to the purpose of raising and spending public money.

Willem Jewett: The governor’s broken campaign promises

Gov. Phil Scott is proving that he has an agenda far more aggressive than Candidate Scott’s.

Scott says his budget honors Medicaid forecast

He called his plan to set aside $10 million of the projected cost “a different way of accounting” that gives the state flexibility.

Lawmakers: Scott budget proposal shorts Medicaid projection by $10M

He would put $10 million of the expected cost of the program into a reserve fund rather than incorporating it into the budget. Lawmakers say that threatens to undermine the forecasting process.

Analysts doubt Scott education plan can deliver

“If schools make the cuts the governor has asked for, Vermont homeowners won’t see lower taxes,” according to Paul Cillo, an architect of the education fund.