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Analysis Questions Assumptions In Education Funding Plan

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A nonpartisan analysis of Republican Governor Phil Scott's education finance plan says it's based on dubious assumptions and it pointed out "major technical errors" in the administration's long-term projections.
Governor Scott wants lawmakers to use $58 million in one-time money to avoid an education property tax rate increase in the coming fiscal year. His long-term plan is to recoup that money and more by implementing a package of policy changes over five years.

The Burlington Free Press reports the analysis argued that the Scott administration double-counted special education savings, overestimated future savings and it is "built on assumptions with little to make them likely or achievable."

The Vermont Department of Taxes has corrected some of those technical errors in response to the report by the Legislature's Joint Fiscal Office.

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