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Vermont House has 90 days to review Scott’s restructuring plan

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Economy, Governor, Legislature, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

Forty eight hours after Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed executive orders to merge the state’s liquor control and lottery commission, create a new Agency of Economic Opportunity, restructure IT resources, and blend tourism and marketing with state commerce functions, news reporters were asking “how” and “why.

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Gov. Bryant State of the State promises no new taxes, ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant promised no tax increases, support for a “Blue Lives Matter” law and a rewrite of the state’s K-12 education funding formula.

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Size matters: Texas penalizes smaller school districts

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Education, Education Blog, Legislature, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Texas last year slapped a $244.7 million penalty on districts that had fewer than 1,600 students and spanned less than 300 square miles. In all, 467 independent school districts were penalized because they failed to consolidate into larger systems.

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EdBuild unveils recommendations for new K-12 funding formula

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

EdBuild revealed its recommendations to the Mississippi Legislature for a new K-12 education funding formula Monday.

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Will A-F school ratings make the grade in Texas?

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Accountability, Education, Legislature, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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A new “A-F” grading system that rates Texas’ public schools is getting mixed reviews from education activists, with one skeptic likening it to putting lipstick on a pig.

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Public pensions out of control in Texas’ biggest cities

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  Legislature, News, Pensions, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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Local control — the favored mantra of big-city politicians in Texas — isn’t working out so well with public-employee pensions. Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, carrying $22.6 billion in unfunded liability, rank among the 12 worst cities in the country.

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