Tag Archives: jack hoffman

Op - Ed
August 16, 2017

It’s the property tax that’s unfair in education funding

By Jack Hoffman

Economist Art Woolf wrote recently that Vermont spends too much on education because taxes are too low for many residents. Woolf was referring specifically to resident homeowners who qualify to pay school taxes as a percentage of their income rather than on the value of…

Op - Ed
June 28, 2017

Act 60 turns 20

By Jack Hoffman

The Equal Educational Opportunity Act, better known as Act 60, is 20 years old on Monday. On June 26, 1997, at an outdoor ceremony in Whiting, Gov. Howard Dean signed into law Vermont’s unique and groundbreaking education funding system.

As we face…

Rockin’ the Region with House Blend
Rockin' The Region
May 26, 2016

Rockin’ the Region with House Blend

This Friday I recommend you kick off Memorial Day weekend in Tinmouth at the Old Firehouse with House Blend. Get there early as this huge group usually packs the place. House Blend is an eclectic, 16-member (sometimes up to 20) democraticly led a cappella group…

Op - Ed
May 28, 2015

At best, the new educational tax law is unfair

By Jack Hoffman

In addition to pushing up property taxes in many towns, the education reform bill passed in the closing days of the session violates a fundamental principle of fairness in Vermont’s education funding system: towns with the same education spending per pupil…

Opinion
April 30, 2015

Vermont doesn’t need more low-wage jobs

By Jack Hoffman

Thousands of Vermonters work at jobs that don’t pay enough to meet their families’ basic needs. That leaves Vermont taxpayers paying tens of millions of dollars to pick up the slack left by employers who pay so little that hard…

Opinion
November 19, 2014

A solution needs a defined problem

By Jack Hoffman

There wasn’t a lot of substance in this election season. “Where’s the beef?” isn’t a question we hear much during campaigns anymore, as Jon Margolis lamented in his column in VTDigger.org last week. But while candidates may not need to…