Budget Writers Pass Proposal 7-4

By Steph Machado

Published 03/24 2014 04:16PM

Updated 03/25 2014 07:59AM

House Appropriations discusses budget
House Appropriations discusses budget "wish list" last week
MONTPELIER - The House Appropriations committee has made its recommendations for how to use your taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year 2015.

The budget proposal passed Monday afternoon by a vote of 7-4. The four Republicans on the committee all voted no.

The committee was working off Governor Peter Shumlin's proposed $1.4 billion budget. They had to cut it down a bit, because Shumlin proposed a claims assessment tax that would've raised $14 million, which lawmakers rejected.

Many changes that were made involved reducing some spending increases Shumlin wanted. He proposed 2% spending increases to Medicaid, higher education, and Vermont Public Television. The committee lowered those to a .75% increase to Medicaid, 1% to higher education and 1% to VPT.

The committee rejected a proposal to give $50,000 to the Lois McClure, a replica of a boat used in the War of 1812.

The budget proposal will next go to the full House of Representatives for debate on the floor.

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