The smoke has cleared from the legislative battlefield of 2017, and it’s a good time to review the outcome to see who got what – and what lies ahead.
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.
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.”
Democrats have been using news releases, Facebook, and opinion pages in local newspapers to challenge Gov. Phil Scott.
Demonizing teachers undermines schools.
Scott needs to drop his hasty, late in the game proposal to have the state (him) negotiate with the union. Then we should do what we did with teacher retirement in 1946.
News Release – Vermont Sierra Club May 18, 2017 Robb Kidd Vermont Chapter Conservation Program Manager 802-505-1540 [email protected] In solidarity with the Vermont National Education Association the Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club released this statement of support: Late in the legislative process, Governor Scott has demanded that health care for all public school teachers […]
News Release — Vermont-NEA May 17, 2017 Contact: Darren Allen 802.224.2403 (office) 802.839.8618 (mobile) Not So Fast: VEHI Has NOT Confirmed Economic Effects of Governor’s Plan to Gut Collective Bargaining and Upend Local Control Analysis cited this morning by governor’s office has not been reviewed by a VEHI co-trust administrator and once again was done […]
They characterized the plan, which the governor has said would save the state $26 million, as a political ploy to violate their collective bargaining rights.
Local officials feel overmatched by the union’s million-dollar team of strategists. The union says it needs the help to counter the education establishment and practice a fundamental right.
Mitzi Johnson says her plan would address concerns about teacher benefits that are holding up adjournment. The Senate president wouldn’t comment, while unions rejected it.
An important feature of the VEHI plans are Health Savings Accounts or Health Reimbursement Accounts that would be used to defray out of pocket costs for teachers.
The tax commissioner said Monday that last week’s House floor debate was filled with “misinformation” about whether savings under the Scott-backed plan were real.
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.