Vermont Lawmakers To Take Up Budget

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A Vermont legislative panel has approved a nearly $5 billion state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. A vote by the full state Senate is expected for today.

The spending plan approved Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee is about $179 million less than last year’s budget. It restores some funding for student assistance professionals in schools and for Choices for Care, a program that helps seniors who need care to keep living in their own homes.

Senator Vincent Illuzzi says lawmakers were able to restore some essential services that had been earmarked for cuts.

The Senate to take up the budget, a tax bill and legislation putting Vermont on track to adopt a single-payer health care system today.

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