House Budget Would Cap Welfare Benefits

The Vermont House is preparing to debate the budget and a number of new tax proposals this week, and House leaders are already trying to line up votes for a $1.3 billion plan that includes a contentious bid to cap welfare benefits.

Advocates Decry Cuts To Vt. Reach Up Program

Advocates and beneficiaries say Governor Peter Shumlin’s plan to cut a key welfare-to-work program by limiting the amount of time people get benefits will increase poverty and homelessness in Vermont.