key House committee took testimony on Thursday about whether possessing small
amounts of marijuana should be a civil offense, not a crime. In
Montpelier, decriminalization was once
considered one of the key issues of the legislative session, but it has recently
taken a back seat.
There are 180 members of the Vermont Legislature, and only 7 of them
represent the Progressive Party. But despite their small caucus, the
Progressives want to make an impact on how the state closes the $176
million budget deficit.
Progressive Party leaders Rep. Chris Pearson and Sen. Anthony Pollina say tax increases on the wealthiest Vermonters would help close the state’s budget deficit, as opposed to cutting the budget for Human Services programs.