MONTPELIER (AP) - Gov. Peter Shumlin's plan to spare the state's education fund from a new round of budget cuts is winning praise from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

Karen Horn, who lobbies for the League at the Legislature, calls Shumlin's announcement Thursday a step in the right direction.

Shumlin says a needed $31 million in budget cuts won't come out of the annual transfer from the general fund to the education fund because that would put upward pressure on property taxes.

Horn says she's pleased with the governor's stance. She says following passage in 2003 of the school funding reform law Act 68, the general fund transfer made up 39 percent of the education fund. She says that share now stands at 31 percent.