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Letter: Questions About Vermont Budget

To the Editor:

I’m a member of the Put People First Campaign, and this year, I went up to the Vermont Statehouse to kick off the legislative session in style. I was disappointed that I could not attend the governor’s budget address due to work, but would like to ask folks a few simple questions.

What did you think of the budget address? Did you think it fulfilled human rights principles such as universality, equity, transparency, accountability and participation? Do you think the proposed budget serves the public good as it is supposed to?

I don’t believe that taking money from a tax credit benefiting low-income people and using it for a child-care subsidy for those same people will truly benefit them. Isn’t that just another poor-people shuffle?

This was the first time I had gone to the Statehouse during the session, and I went with the purpose of gathering with people from all over the state to tell Gov. Peter Shumlin, Sen. John Campbell and everyone else that Vermont needs a budget that reflects respect for human rights. Together we’re building a movement to build a Vermont that “puts people first” and ensures that human rights are upheld in every corner of the state. We’re asking you and your community to come together with us and get involved to Put People First!

Griffin Shumway