A moment of excitement on my Twitter feed today, courtesy of cigar-smoking VTGOP “Victory Coordinator” Jeff Bartley:
I could hardly believe my eyes. And I couldn’t wait to click on the link, to a story by WCAX’s Kyle Midura.
After weeks of alluding to his campaign of ideas, Milne provided more details Thursday about his call for a two-year cap on the state property tax.
Well, huzzah. The cap idea has been criticized, by me and many others, as imposing a hard spending cap on local schools. Governor Shumlin said it would erode local control. Midura says that Milne offered a rejoinder to this criticism:
Milne says the cost would shift to other taxes unless schools cut spending. The income tax is most likely — a legislative proposal to move all school costs to that source stalled before lawmakers left Montpelier last May.
It would “shift to other taxes” because the state is legally bound to provide funding to the schools, and if the property tax doesn’t cover it, then it’ll have to come from somewhere. That’s an obvious statement of fact, Mr. Milne. What else you got?
Milne says he would leave how to fill the gap his proposal would create up to legislators.
He is not sharing cost-cutting plans, at least not yet.
“We’ll be talking about our strategies for lowering school costs clearly over the next few weeks,” Milne said.
Awwwww, god DAMN.
A more accurate headline would read, “GOP candidate Milne provides no details of property tax plan.”
The excitement deflates. The Scott Milne Policy Watch continues.