- Associated Press - Friday, May 12, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Lawmakers are expected to return to the Statehouse again next week as Democratic legislators and Republican Gov. Phil Scott remain at odds over how to save up to $26 million a year in the state’s Education Fund.

Democratic leaders offered a compromise to Scott but he said Friday that he doesn’t support it.

The Times Argus reports that both sides agree that savings can be achieved from less-expensive health insurance plans offered to teachers.

Scott had proposed that teachers negotiate their health care benefits directly with the state and pay at least 20 percent of their insurance premiums.

The Democrats‘ proposal would have local districts find a total of $13 million in savings statewide.

Lawmakers are expected to return on Tuesday or Wednesday to try to wrap up the session.

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