Max Capacity, thanks for the welcome.
I moved to Vermont from CT 8 years ago, and still have family down there, so I know the struggle you see down there very well.
Troller, everyone in Vermont pays the same amount of taxes, I don't pay more or less than anyone else. I pay the same in taxes as someone who lives in Killington, whether you're talking about my yearly income tax rate or every time I spend my money here eating, staying overnight, buying things I need, even paying for a lift ticket. The money I pay in taxes on things I bought in Killington doesn't "belong" to Killington, it goes to the state, just as for any tourist, to make this state function. Vermont is no different from any other state, everyone contributes to the big pot and it gets doled out where it's needed. Actually, I'm surprised it's not the TOURISTS who are complaining, after all, it's THEIR money that's really paying for all this, not Killington's or Stowe's or Sugarbush's.
Perhaps you should visit some of the schools in towns that complain about Act 60 and see for yourself that kids in those towns aren't hurting for a good education and good opportunities. In fact, the schools in Stowe and Killington are better than the ones in Burlington and St. Albans. So, where does that leave me? Should I move to a resort town so I can benefit from more tax money for better schools (under the old education funding system) but find limited job oppotrunities, or should I live near Burlington where I can actually have a job in my field but not have as much money pouring into my school system? Quite the conundrum. And I think we all agree that if we all moved to the resort towns, no one would want to visit because they wouldn't be resorts, they'd be cities.
So, Troller, are you saying the use taxes you pay in NH don't help the rest of your state, only the town where you spend it? I see you live in NH, as does my brother and his wife. I know you don't have a sales tax and you don't pay income taxes, but you pay other taxes in your state and they are distributed to towns accordingly, aren't they? Every single state taxes room and meals, including New Hampshire, it's not exclusive to Vermont. Do you personally only stay within your own town in NH to spend your money so it all goes back to you? Or do you take vacations in other parts of NH and even outside of NH? Because your argument is basically saying that you don't want to support anyone but you and yours, which would restrict you to never leaving your town.
Yes, we make sacrifices for our children, but I don't think we get nothing for it. I have three kids, but I believe that ALL kids are the future of this nation. Why do my kids deserve a better education than the family two towns over? Believe me, I am already supporting those poor families with welfare and other governmental assistance. I'd rather help them help themselves by giving those kids an opportunity to get an education and eventually support themselves, rather than perpetuate the cycle of them growing up to become yet another family relying on government assistance. Ever been to the Northeast Kingdom? There are people there who have no hope, who think they deserve nothing more than the poverty they already have. Education is the only way to make that life viewpoint change. It won't help them all, but it will help some of them.
What I see here is a state that is trying to improve its educational system the best way it can. It was terribly unequal before, and it's certainly improved under the new system. Why would you want kids from your state to graduate from high school without being able to read or add, or worse yet, drop out of school because you're not learning anything anyway?
: I'm not necessarily saying Act 60 is the best solution, but I haven't heard any viable alternative solutions for making sure all schools have at least a minimum amount of operational funding. If someone can come up with another idea, instead of running away to another state that's going to want their money too, well, then, I'm all ears.
Of course, we could all just move to New Hampshire too.