Legislative Leaders To Consider Budget Proposal

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Vermont legislative leaders say they need to thoroughly review Governor Peter Shumlin’s budget proposal before they consider raising new taxes to offset some of the deepest proposed cuts.

But leaders also say some of those cuts will be probably be restored by the House and Senate Appropriations committees.

Shumlin’s budget calls for millions of dollars in cuts in human services programs because many of them have been funded in previous years with federal stimulus money.

Now that federal money is gone.

House Appropriations chairwoman Martha Heath says her committee plans a line-by-line review of the budget and she won’t be surprised if it makes some changes to the governor’s plan.

Heath says there’ll be a lot of interest in trying to either look for creative ways to implement the cuts or find money in other parts of the budget.

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