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House approves Act 46 ‘tweak’

Budget-address-applause-220x140By Tiffany Danitz Pache

For Vermont Digger

After weeks of deliberation, hours of testimony and huddled negotiations, House lawmakers have agreed to soften a school spending cap added to last year’s education law.

The House tacked spending thresholds onto Act 46 at the end of the 2015 legislative session that many school and education officials felt were too onerous. After days of deliberations this month, they agreed to alter the thresholds at which communities pay a penalty for spending on education.

The House rebuffed a Senate bill that would have repealed the spending thresholds. They also blocked a GOP plan to keep untouched the caps passed last year.

The amendment, passed by a 94-to-52 vote, gives schools more room to budget for unanticipated costs.

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