The primary issue holding up adjournment of the legislature is a stand-off over the Governor’s proposal to create a statewide school employee health benefit where the state would negotiate with the school employees’ unions. Local school boards would still bargain with school employees over all other compensation and benefits. It has been estimated that negotiating a single health insurance agreement could result in up to $26 million in education fund savings. You can find additional information provided by the Administration by clicking here.
As illustrated by the very high property taxes in Vermont and by the Senate’s proposal earlier this year to increase non-residential property tax rates disproportionately to residential rates, Vermont employers have a strong interest in supporting proposals that can reduce property tax burdens.
Members and non-members are strongly encouraged to contact your legislators and urging them to support the Administration’s proposal.
To identify your legislators, you can click here. To leave messages for your senators at the State House Wednesday and Thursday (and possibly Friday), you can call the Sergeant at Arms office at (802) 828-2228.