Districts say the reduced payments mean they’ll have less money to put on the bargaining table. Gov. Phil Scott had pushed to negotiate teacher health care at the state level.
One of the outstanding negotiation issues still facing the Burlington School Board and teachers union for the fiscal year 2018 contract is health care coverage.
“We just don’t have the kind of money the fact-finder suggested is available — at least not without cutting programs and reducing staff,” said Mark Porter, school board chair.
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 . . .
“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.
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.
“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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
(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 […]