Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

By Rep. Jessica Brumsted After the horrible events that happened last week in Florida, I couldn’t help but write about my frustration in wanting to do more to protect our children’s right to feel safe at school. We need to come together and do something. It almost happened here in Vermont except for a tip… Read More »

On the docket: Special Education funding, services under scrutiny

On the docket: Special Education funding, services under scrutiny

In 2016, the consulting team of Odden and Picus presented a report to the Legislature, noting that Vermont spends approximately 10 percent more than required on education. It attributed the lion’s share of this to spending for special education followed by staff ratios and costs of administration. This report made a variety of recommendations, some… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

This report was submitted by six area Democratic state representatives: Jessica Brumsted and Kate Webb, Shelburne; Mike Yantachka, Charlotte; Bill Lippert, Hinesburg; and Terry Macaig and Jim McCullough, Williston. The Legislature met last week in a veto session to address the statewide budget and education property tax bills. Although these bills are essential to fund… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

By Reps. Jessica Brumstead and Kate Webb Our last article provides an update on some of the environmental actions this year. Up first: federal influence. President Trump’s recent refusal to remain in the Paris agreement sparked outrage from Sens. Leahy and Sanders and Rep. Welch. In Vermont, Gov. Scott’s announcement that he would join the… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

By Jessica Brumsted and Kate Webb Although a protracted debate over school employee health coverage dominated the airwaves over the last few weeks, a number of high-value economic development programs quietly passed to the governor’s desk for signature. The typically cranky Vermont Chamber gave the 2017 legislative session an “A” with the Lake Champlain Regional… Read More »

Report from Montpelier

Report from Montpelier

By Rep. Jessica Brumsted A week ago, we passed both the budget and the property tax bill (H.518 and H.509) at about midnight. This action came after several days of trying to reach a compromise with the Governor over his teachers’ health care proposal. The FY 2018 budget was never in question; the House had… Read More »

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