The total number of jobs in Vermont finally exceeded the previous high, reached in the summer of 2007, before the recession began. The latest figures show there were 311,700 non-farm payroll jobs in November, an increase of 3,600 from October. Most new jobs—2,200—were in the accommodations and food services sector. The number of employed Vermonters also rose last month, to 336,546.
Shrinking jobless claims
At the low point of the recession, in 2009, an average 5,500 Vermonters a month were being laid off and signing up for unemployment compensation. Read more
There is serious talk in the Legislature about changing how we govern and fund public education in Vermont. And proposed changes could have a dramatic effect on Vermonters’ control over their schools, on who pays the bill, and on the quality of education available to our children.
At the vtdigger school funding panel discussion in Montpelier last week and in a blog posted earlier this week, we have expressed concern about the lack of real evidence of a school funding crisis.
We know that roughly two-thirds of Vermonters pay school taxes on their homes based on their income. Read more
December 11, 2014, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Montpelier
Vtdigger asked the members of this panel to propose solutions to the “K-12 education affordability crisis.” I want to focus the limited time in my opening remarks on one question: What crisis?
The so-called crisis is remarkable for the stunning lack of information to confirm that it even exists.
But before you write me off as a “crisis denier” please bear with me for a few minutes.
We’ve had some crises in this state.
Tropical storm Irene was a crisis: people were displaced from their homes; there was millions in property damage; people lost their lives. Read more