Investing in Early Care and Learning
- Governor Scott has proposed and secured a 30% increase in funding for early care in learning since he took office. This includes an additional $2.5 million to expand the Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP) in the FY18 budget and an additional $7.4 million in the FY20 budget. Increased investment in this area makes childcare more affordable for working families, and supports the early-developmental needs of our kids.
Supporting preK-12 Education
- Increased annual support for our preK-12 school system, while working to mitigate the property tax burden.
- Proposed and passed the creation of a Career Pathways Coordinator position in the Agency of Education to help students access the education and training they need to obtain and advance in high-wage, high-growth careers.
Boosting Support for Higher Education
- Proposed and passed legislation to offer free college tuition for members of the Vermont National Guard.
- Proposed and passed an increase investment in the base appropriation to the Vermont State Colleges by $3 million in FY18. Secured an additional $3 million in funds to support the Vermont State Colleges in the FY20 budget, including $2.5 million in base funding and $500,000 in one-time funds.
- Proposed and passed a nearly $1 million investment to support the merger of Johnson and Lyndon state colleges.
- Passed a $500,000 investment in Advancement Grants with the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), which will provide opportunities for students to follow non-traditional paths.