State of Vermont

COVID-19 Pandemic: 12. Fiscal Impact on Vermont

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The government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at the state and federal level, required higher spending and will result in lower revenues.  Basically,...
Commerce & Community Development

COVID-19: 11. Economic Impact on Vermont

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In April, the unemployment rate in Vermont went from 3.1% to 16.5%. Nothing like this has happened since the Great Depression. This article will discuss...

COVID-19 Pandemic: 10. Vermont’s Public Health Impact

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Vermont’s response to the coronavirus pandemic was decisive in the lockdown phase and cautious in the reopening.  From a pure public health perspective, this...
Government Structure- The Vermont Constitution

COVID-19: 9. State of Vermont Response

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Within our system of government, responsibility for public health lies mostly on the shoulders of state and local governments.  Given the current Administration’s reluctance...
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...