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Government Structure: 3. The US Legislative Branch

The US congress consists of the Senate, with 100 members (two from each state) and the House of Representatives, with 435 members. While the...

Government Structure: 2. The US Executive Branch

The Executive Branch of the federal government consists of the office of the President and Vice President, the Executive Office of the President (the...

Government Structure: 1. The US Constitution

In addition to being a federal republic, the US is also a constitutional democracy. The US constitution is even shorter than the Vermont constitution....
Education

Education: 10. Fiscal Year 2017 Infrastructure Update

Vermont's Staff to Student Ratio According to the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal-Year 2017, Vermont had 22,500 “Local Government Education Employees”, or public school...
Education

Education: 9. Update on Vermont’s Comparative Cost of Education

On October 20, 2017, The Informed Vermonter published a summary of Vermont’s per pupil pre-K through12 education expenditures and compared them to the same...
Education

Education: 8. Fiscal Year 2017 Update

Education remains the single largest expense for Vermont’s taxpayers, absorbing 60.5% of total state tax revenues in fiscal year 2017.  This article provides an...
Taxes

Taxes: 5. Risks to Vermont’s Tax Base

What keeps the governor up at night? There could be quite a few things, but tax revenue uncertainty is probably quite high up the...
Taxes

Taxes: 4. Vermont’s Many Taxes Explained

The State of Vermont imposes over 30 taxes on both individuals and businesses in Vermont. Broadly speaking, these taxes are either based on income,...
Taxes

Taxes: 3. How Do Vermont’s Tax Revenues Compare to Other States?

With Vermont’s per capita total state government spending materially higher than the national average, one might expect taxes to be a bit higher as...
Revenue and Expenditures

Revenues & Expenditures: 7. Vermont’s State Sponsored Entities

The state government sponsors a number of entities that are independently financed. These entities are not included in the financial statements of the primary...