About half of all school districts would see a tax hike. The changes would be retroactive for fiscal year 2018.
Thirty-seven budgets were struck down in 2014 when calls for tax relief hit a fever pitch.
Every student and their parents have a choice as to what school their child attends. The real question is who is going to pay for that choice.
The bill would make one funding change now and set in motion further steps meant to improve the delivery of services and bring savings.
Several legislators pitched bills to their fellow Democratic House members Tuesday, including an education funding bill.
The biggest issue facing the committee in the coming legislative session, said Rep. Bernie Juskiewicz, R-Cambridge, “is property tax.”
New chairs appointed for Appropriations, Education, Judiciary and Health Care.
Voters made it clear this fall that rising property taxes and declining school enrollment don’t add up. Lawmakers look to address that while preserving the quality of Vermont schools.
Rep. Maxine Grad will be chair of House Judiciary; Rep. Dave Sharpe will lead House Education and Rep. Mitzi Johnson will take over House Appropriations.
Lawmakers this session will decide whether to tinker with Act 60 and Act 68, or replace the state’s unique statewide property tax system with a new formula for funding education. The other looming question is whether lawmakers will institute cost controls that would put a damper on school spending.
VTDigger brings together lawmakers and experts on tax policy and asks them to propose solutions to the K-12 education affordability crisis in Vermont.
The Democrats have said they will not use Medicare to help fund Shumlin’s single-payer initiative. While intent language in Act 48, the 2011 legislative framework for health care reform, mentions state administration of Medicare funds, the state cannot handle claims or provider reimbursements. Vermont is part of a regional Medicare administration system.
Rebuffed by House Speaker Shap Smith in their attempt to study the regulatory and tax effects of legalizing pot, lawmakers slip the notion into a bill on dispensaries.
Lawmakers are considering how much more earnings to let people keep at the same time they collect unemployment benefits.