Montpelier, Vt. – House Speaker Shap Smith today asked Vermonters, policy makers and stakeholders to submit education finance proposals for consideration in the coming legislative session as lawmakers work to create an education system that is sustainable and affordable for taxpayers.
“Vermonters value high quality public education,” said Speaker Smith, “but the current delivery and funding systems have resulted in annual property tax increases that many Vermonters cannot afford. We need to work together to solve this problem. That’s why I am inviting taxpayers, stakeholders and policy makers to add their voices to the conversation the House will undertake when we reconvene in January.”
The Speaker of the House has made education reform and property tax relief a top priority. In October, Smith announced he would instruct his leadership team to bring property tax relief to a vote in 2015. The Speaker has since held meetings with state and local stakeholders to demonstrate his commitment to reform efforts.
The Speaker’s Office has asked that all respondents reply by December 31, 2014. Proposals may be submitted electronically using the email address Speaker@leg.state.vt.us. Mailed materials may be sent to: Speaker’s Office, 115 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633.
“Education is a collaborative effort. By asking folks to share their ideas, we seek a dialogue with our neighbors and communities. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and work together to improve Vermont’s education system,” Speaker Smith concluded.
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Four years ago, this body first elected me to serve as Speaker of the House. I am humbled now, as I was then, by the faith that you have placed in me to serve as your Speaker. I hope to honor that faith over the coming two years as we work together to make Vermont a better place.
In the years since I was first elected Speaker, our state and country has experienced a grave economic downturn and politics have become increasingly polarized on the national level. The political culture in the nation’s capital has left many discouraged and, quite frankly, disgusted. As the country faces monumental challenges -- huge future fiscal imbalances, crumbling infrastructure and an education system that is not preparing our children for citizenry or the work force, many openly wonder whether our leaders and systems are capable of putting aside their differences, rolling up their sleeves and laying a foundation for a strong future.
Thursday, the House passed a resolution recognizing the political, economic, and cultural ties between Vermont and Canada, and we were honored with a visit from Patrick Binn, Consul General of Canada to New England.