Programs that are at risk help states like Vermont cultivate an arts scene that would otherwise be limited to major cities, said one arts promoter who joined Rep. Peter Welch to discuss the issue.
The fiscal plan does not raise any new taxes or fees. Democrats said it was crafted with expected federal cuts in mind, while Republicans credited the governor’s leadership.
When totaled with the anticipated federal reductions, Vermont faces a loss of over a million dollars in Legal Services Corp. and legal aid funds.
He has asked senators to pencil in time in October. That would be shortly after the federal budget goes into effect, possibly with major cuts in funding for Vermont.
One of the legislators, Sen. Peg Flory, R-Rutland, said federal funding for long-term transportation projects appears safe, while health care is a huge unknown.