- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Some Vermont lawmakers are saying no to a proposal by Republican Gov. Phil Scott to delay until May when towns would vote on their budgets for the next school year.

On Tuesday the Senate Education Committee voted 6-0 to reject Scott's proposal to have all school budgets voted on May 23. Now most towns vote on Town Meeting Day in early March.

The governor asked the Legislature to approve the change as part of a broader budget package. Scott argued it would give townspeople more time to discuss school spending.

Democratic Sen. Philip Baruth, the chairman of the Education Committee, says many school boards are working hard to finalize their budgets to meet Town Meeting Day deadlines.

Administration officials say this will make it harder to balance the budget.

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