House To Take Up $5 Billion Budget

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The Vermont House is set to consider a $5 billion budget that spends about $124 million on recovery from Tropical Storm Irene.

The spending plan for fiscal 2013 represents a 6.4 percent increase over the current year. But House Speaker Shap Smith said Wednesday it won’t require raising broad-based taxes like those on income and sales.

Federal disaster relief following Tropical Storm Irene accounts for much of the $124 million.

The disaster relief is flowing mainly through the transportation budget. That $639 million plan is voted on separately – it won final House approval on Wednesday – and then is folded into the larger spending plan that also includes the education fund and the general fund. The general fund pays for public safety, human services and other government programs.

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