Shumlin’s budget gets mixed reviews

January 25, 2013; Peter Hirschfeld; Times Argus Rep. Chris Pearson, a Burlington Progressive and leader of his party’s House caucus, said he remains excited about Shumlin’s call for $17 million in new child care subsidies for low-income parents. He said he remains bewildered by Shumlin’s continued insistence on reducing the…

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In Budget Address, Shumlin “Breaks Open” New Funding Schemes

January 25, 2013; Paul Heintz; Seven Days The Progressive reaction to Shumlin’s proposals was cutting. “To give people the impression that too many Vermonters are on welfare is, I think, inappropriate,” said Sen. Anthony Pollina (P/D-Washington). “We’re always willing to ask low-income people to do more, but we’re never willing…

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Action Alert: Call the Governor Today!

Fellow Progressives, On Tuesday, Progressive Legislators held a press conference at the Statehouse to express their concerns about Governor Peter Shumlin’s proposal to divert millions of dollars from the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit program, an extremely effective anti-poverty program.  Although Progressives share the Governor’s goals of universal Pre-K and…

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Opposition Develops To Shumlin’s Plan For Funding Child Care

January 15, 2013; Bob Kinzel; VPR News There’s growing opposition at the Statehouse over Governor Peter Shumlin’s plan to take $17 million from the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit program to finance an increase in child care subsidies. About 45,000 low income working Vermonters take advantage of the Earned Income…

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Progs slam Shumlin over plan to fund childcare by cutting benefits to poor

January 15, 2013; Peter Hirschfeld; Vermont Press Bureau A group of Progressive lawmakers this afternoon took an aggressive stance against Peter Shumlin’s first high-profile proposal of 2013, saying his “half-baked” plan to fund new childcare subsidies would “pit working families against one another.” Shumlin won plaudits last week for proposing…

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