State of Vermont

Education: 13: Act 46 Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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