Vt. teachers union backing Legislature’s budget

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Vermont’s largest teacher’s union spoke out against Governor Jim Douglas’ budget proposal while pushing the Legislature to defend its offering.

Lawmakers and Douglas sit at an impasse over the fiscal 2010 budget which begins July 1.

During the legislative session, lawmakers backed a spending plan that Douglas rejected and promised to veto if changes did not get made at a June 2 special session.

Angela Dorta, president of the Vermont-National Education Association, questions Douglas’ plan to shift the costs of the state’s teacher’s retirement fund.

The leader of the 1,500-member union calls it "dangerous and foolhardy."

House Majority Leader Floyd Nease says Democrats are willing to compromise with Douglas.

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