Scott Beck

House Speaker casts tie vote killing statewide teacher health care contract

The House voted 74-73 to support Gov. Phil Scott’s plan to sweep up $26 million in health care savings through the creation of a statewide benefit.

House coalition pushes for debate on statewide teacher health care contract proposal

A group of House Republicans, independents and blue dog Democrats support Gov. Phil Scott’s plan to absorb one-time teacher health care savings of $26 million.

New property tax formula would shield lower-spending districts

About half of all school districts would see a tax hike. The changes would be retroactive for fiscal year 2018.

Property tax proposal would reflect local spending levels

Under the current formula, low spending districts are subsidizing higher spending towns.

House scuttles Scott’s plan for May school budget vote

Scott has presented no Plan B to fix the gap in the general fund and has told lawmakers that if they bring him a budget that increases taxes or fees, or cuts frontline workers, he will veto it.

Scott Beck: Tweaking Act 46 for savings and fairness

Homestead taxpayers from low-spending districts all across Vermont pay rate premiums to provide discounted rates to higher spending districts.