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Lawmakers cut the amount the state can spend on emergency housing for the homeless.
Both houses probably lacked the votes to override a Shumlin veto, and whatever the final outcome, challenging a governor of their own party to veto a tax bill risked making that party appear incompetent, if not ludicrous.
If the Democratic majority in the Senate and House could be described as fiscally conservative, their policy decisions on a handful of social issues were liberal, even uber liberal.
Differences between House, Senate versions stall progress until January.
Sen. Jane Kitchel and Rep. Martha Heath set out to make $10 million in reductions without touching human services programs.
Opponents made one last stand Monday evening against S.77.
House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell decided to scuttle a plan to change the income tax code and give modest tax breaks to more than 200,000 Vermonters this year.
The estimated 118,000 Vermonters who will purchase insurance on the exchange will be charged 1 percent of their annual premium.
Producers of the crop could still face federal penalties.
Effort to merge the proposals fell through in final days of session.