Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman criticized Gov. Phil Scott for proposing cuts to the budget during a debate Tuesday.
No one’s sure where the state government will come up with at least $23.8 million, but legislative leaders said they’ll figure it out. It could involve cuts in other areas of the state budget.
The Republican governor’s budget proposal includes $2 million in assistance for Vermonters who filed federal and state income taxes without using Social Security numbers — which disqualifies people from getting federal stimulus checks.
The evidence indicates that deficit spending is the best way to fight the pandemic and economic destruction it has thus far caused.
The federal money can’t be used to backfill state coffers, even though those coffers are running low because people and businesses can’t pay their taxes as a result of the pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders.
Vermont’s ‘have-nots’ will be pushed to do without, as the ‘haves’ remain solvent and secure.
If we are determined to keep the same level of services and programs in 2021, how can we do it given the projected loss of $596 million in revenues?
It is my hope that the state chooses not to raise taxes on an already stressed population.
This looming once-in-a-century fiscal crisis is going to require hard once-in-a-century fiscal choices this summer.
Cutting Reach Up funding is a step in the wrong direction, and it’s really at odds with other messages in the governor’s budget address.
The plan was to be pitched as a way to attract young workers to the state. But a $14 million price tag was more than expected.
Vermonters can submit comments about state spending through an online forum and a survey.
It is time for Montpelier to establish a universal checklist to prove that decision-makers are honoring their fiduciary duty to those providing the cash.
There’s the old saying that a good budget has something for everyone to hate.