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J Donovan 
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Re: “State of Need: How Vermont Tried and Failed to Cut Child Poverty in Half

This should not be a suprise to anyone familiar with the State of Vermont. Declining population, an unfriendly business climate, a bloated bureaucracy and public school spending that is out of control. Consequentially, there are ever increasing taxes, fees and a lack of job opportunities. This isn't rocket science. The political climate makes it impossible to bring spending inline with revenues, and revenues can't keep up with spending due to ja lack of jobs or the incentives needed to create them. A beautiful place to live and wonderful ideals, but on a continuously unsustainable, and irresponsible path.

40 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by J Donovan on 08/30/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Legislative Leaders Declare Budget Impasse With Governor

Teachers unions have a death grip on VT politics. While VT schools are good - outcomes are only average for the US - our state-wide spending per student is outrageous, one of the highest in the country. When are the dems of VT going to tackle this problem? Our roads are are a mess, social programs are suffering, homeowners are suffering, the business climate is horrible, the working population is shrinking and VT retirees cannot afford to stay in their homes. All this while teachers get raises every year, schools are overstaffed and the student numbers have been declining for years. It should come as no surprise that when act 46 was promulgated, the teachers unions were not even mentioned, or impacted. It's way past time for the State to take a long hard look at public service unions and their excessive political power. It is not good for the State, its budget or the long suffering taxpayers of Vermont.

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Posted by J Donovan on 05/18/2017 at 5:51 PM

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