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Stop Overspending
Newspaper Article

Stop Overspending

BY John McClaughry

Candidates almost unanimously report that taxes — especially education property taxes — are the single hottest state issue on this year's campaign trail. And rightly so. Tax Commissioner Tom Pelham has observed that Vermont's spending per pupil is third highest in the nation, our pupil-teacher ratio (10.9:1) is the lowest in the nation, and education spending is climbing at 6.6 percent a year since implementation of Act 60, even as the number of pupils has decreased by 7.7 percent.