Montpelier should be trying to make the education tax system simpler and fairer. Instead, in the haste to cut General Fund spending, Gov. Jim Douglas would make it more complicated and less fair—increasing taxes on middle-income Vermonters and lowering them on those with higher incomes. Sound crazy? It is.
Most Vermonters agree that the fairest tax is one based on the taxpayer’s ability to pay: a family’s school tax obligation should go up or down along with its income.
“Where are your kids from?”
When you are a pale-skinned mom with two brown-skinned children, you get asked this question on a surprisingly frequent basis in casual conversations in all kinds of settings. In adoption circles, we refer to these people as “supermarket strangers,” people who don’t know us or our children but ask rather invasive and personal questions without much preamble.