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The Legislature took a softer approach than Shumlin pushed for; lawmakers decided to delay or waive the cap for families in certain situations.
The bill gives the commissioner of the Department of Children and Families sole discretion over whether parents who play by the rules can continue to receive benefits.
Senate Appropriations had no shortage of choices, between the administration’s two proposals, the House’s version, and the Senate Health and Welfare Committee’s recommendation.
Public Assets Institute remains adamant that reducing the EITC by any amount is poor policy.
The governor’s plan to use a tax credit for low-income working Vermonters to fund childcare subsidies lacks support in the Senate.
The governor’s new plan kicks “sanctioned” families off the program after just four months.
Yacovone told Senate Health and Welfare: “There is a thin line between being compassionate and enabling people.”
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The Department of Children and Families plans to reinvest the money to hire substance abuse and mental health counselors for the Reach Up program.
“After months of trying to find alternatives through policy changes and system, it is now our opinion that the only sure way to save $2.5 million would be through rescission,” DAIL Commissioner Susan Wehry said.
If even most Vermont Democrats are going to limit benefits to young, poor, women, where is a liberal to turn?