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Lawmakers pass teacher health care deal”

Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, recently vetoed a funding bill, demanding lawmakers do more to provide relief to taxpayers.

"We each did make some compromises, but I want to be very clear that I don't believe any of us believes that the deal before us compromises our (K-12 system), which is outstanding", Ashe said.

Though it was anything but easy, the Vermont legislature broke its stalemate with Gov. Phil Scott and passed a budget Wednesday evening that the governor has agreed to sign. All districts are renegotiating their health care contracts this year, moving to less expensive plans to avoid a penalty created by the Affordable Care Act.

Lawmakers and the governor had been working on a compromise in the past few weeks, but the budget did become the major focus.

Outside, crews from Green Mountain Power raced to remove an old tree that had fallen on power lines. But the Republican caucus has not yet voted on whether to allow a vote on the marijuana proposal.

In May, Scott vetoed a bill that would have made pot legal.

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House Republicans indicated they wanted to wait on the marijuana discussion until January, when the legislature returns for next year's session. The compromise also would create a commission of state officials, educators and others that would study the advantages of establishing a single, statewide health benefit.

"What's the hurry?" asked Rep. Don Turner, R-Milton.

According to the Vermont Press Bureau, Democratic Senator Dick Sears and Representative Maxine Grad are confident that the legislation altercations will be enough to pass recreational legalization into law. "Negotiations can be tough, but I think this Senate and this administration should be proud of the efforts they put forth", Degree said. He continues to say he has concerns about public safety and testing.

Lawmakers were called back to Montpelier after Scott vetoed the state budget, a property tax bill and a bill that would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, and were greeted when they arrived by the compromise teacher health plan that was reached by negotiators Tuesday.

"The effective date for legalization was always going to be July 2018, and I still feel quite optimistic that we will have legalization by July 2018", Subin said.



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