teacher health care

Jeff Bartley: It’s time to change the culture of Montpelier

Gov. Scott deserves credit for bringing a new perspective to Montpelier; the message he is sending is loud and clear: $26 million in potential savings is a big deal . . .

After weeks of strife, few fireworks in daylong veto session

“Compromise is successful when nobody gets everything they want, and nobody walks away with their last choice option,” said the House speaker. Lawmakers passed budget and tax bills and wrapped up.

UPDATED: Compromise boxes in teacher health care negotiations

The deal between Gov. Phil Scott and lawmakers requires school boards to either negotiate Scott’s preferred health care plans or dig into their budgets to save money for taxpayers.

UPDATED: Deal reached in effort to end veto stalemate

“I think we have a strong compromise that everybody will be able to say yes to,” said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson. The issue was how to find savings on teacher health benefits.

Statement on Health Insurance Negotiations and FY 2018 Budgets

News Release — Vermont School Boards Association and Vermont Superintendents Association June 20, 2017 Contact: Nicole Mace (802) 363-7777 Jeffrey Francis (802) 229-5834 In January, Governor Scott proposed a set of budget initiatives intended to significantly stem the increase in K-12 spending in order to resolve General Fund budget gaps and direct new funds to […]

Senate staffer disputes facts of governor’s health care plan

Peter Sterling, aide to the Senate president, says Gov. Phil Scott’s proposal for statewide negotiations could cost teachers more. The Vermont School Boards Association says that’s not necessarily the case.

Burlington School Board wades into health benefits debate

The board came out against the idea — put forward by some legislators near the end of the session — to force budget cuts if districts didn’t reach a certain outcome in negotiations with teachers.

John Freitag: A lesson in intransigence

If we want to preserve the good we have, it is best to make adjustments now and in a reasonable fashion, like the proposal to go to statewide negotiations for teachers’ health insurance.

UPDATED: Scott’s fiscal veto message rejected as inadequate

The House clerk said the budget and property tax bill vetoes needed to come in separate letters. Scott’s spokesperson called the rejection “hyper-political.” The clerk’s office later accepted resubmitted versions.

VIDEO: Teachers union seeks to tar Scott over budget standoff

Vermont-NEA President Martha Allen said she feared a government shutdown, although the governor has said: “This isn’t D.C., and I will not shut down state government over this issue.”

Scott touts teacher health plan savings at stop in Dorset

(This story by Greg Sukiennik was published in the Bennington Banner on June 2, 2017.) DORSET — Gov. Phil Scott stopped in Dorset on Friday morning to attend a meet-and-greet organized by state Rep. Linda Joy Sullivan, D-Dorset. The governor, who later visited Bennington to sign legislation addressing PFOA contamination of water supplies, chatted with […]

Margolis: Teacher animosity tied to taxpayer anxiety

Demonizing teachers undermines schools.

Rutland school board says talks with teachers at impasse

The board said it offered a 4.76 percent average raise for each of the next four years. Health care is a sticking point too. The union criticized the decision “to walk away rather than keep talking.”

Margolis: How to win by losing

Scott has been in the enviable position of looking like the governor who is trying to cut taxes. Being the governor when the state parks shut down for even a few days is a very unenviable position.