State of Vermont

Education

Education: 13: Act 46 Update

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It looks like Act 46 is beginning to have a measurable impact on Vermont’s public education infrastructure.  It’s all beginning to shrink. Each year, the...
Education

Education: 12: Vermont’s Comparative Cost of Education Update

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Each year, The Informed Vermonter provides an update with respect to Vermont’s comparative cost of K-12 education based on information collected by the US...
Education

Education: 11: Expenditures Keep Increasing

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Vermont had 78,733 K-12 students in the 2017/2018 academic year, down from approximately 103,000 in 1997. Total publicly funded students (including approved independent, state...
Human Services

Human Services: 6. Social Services and Financial Assistance

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In addition to managing Vermont’s healthcare programs, the Agency of Human Services provides most of Vermont’s social services and financial assistance programs via the...
Human Services

Human Services: 5. Vermont’s Healthcare Spending Trends

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Healthcare spending, principally Medicaid, is the single largest annual expense of the Vermont state government.  In fiscal year 2018, total Medicaid spending was $1.68...
Vermont Employee Retirement Benefits

Vermont Employee Retirement Benefits: 4. Vermont’s Pension and Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities 2018

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The Vermont state government’s largest set of liabilities relate to pensions and other post-employment benefits.  Over the last two years, these liabilities and their...
Taxes

Taxes: 7. Vermont’s 2019 Tax Code Changes

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The State government made a number of changes to Vermont’s tax code in 2018, some of which related to the federal Tax Cut and...
Taxes

Taxes: 6. Vermont’s 2018 State Tax Bonanza

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Following a small decline in tax revenues in fiscal year 2017, Vermont’s tax revenues shot up sharply in fiscal year 2018.  Total tax revenues...
Revenue and Expenditures

Revenues & Expenditures: 11. How Do Vermont’s Revenue Sources Compare To Other States?

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As discussed in the prior article, state governments tend to spend their money on the same things, with only the amounts spent differing from...
Revenue and Expenditures

Revenues & Expenditures: 10. How Did Vermont’s Expenditures Compare To Other States in 2018?

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Does the state government of Vermont spend too much money, not enough or just the right amount?  Is all this money being spent on...