As the Legislature gathers in January, members will face a renewed effort to reform the education funding system on the assumption that property taxes and school finance are in a state of crisis.
Before members get carried away by the conventional wisdom, they ought to examine the question of whether there is a crisis and what sort of crisis it might be. They need to separate the usual background noise — the perpetual complaint that property taxes are too high — from the reality of taxation in the state. They need to recognize what is working in Vermont and be sure not to wreck it to satisfy what they see as the need to act. […]
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