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VT Lawmakers Asking For $18 Million More For This Year's Budget

The Vermont legislature plans to spend $5 billion next year. On Monday, lawmakers asked for $18 million more.
MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Vermont legislature plans to spend $5 billion next year. On Monday, lawmakers asked for $18 million more.

The House Appropriations Committee was presented with the budget adjustment.  Even with the increase, Governor Shumlin says taxes will not go up.

Legislators had the foresight to create a reserve account, just in case more money would be needed. For example, Medicaid needs $7  million more, Emergency Housing for Homeless $3 million, and the Department of Corrections $1 million.

"Primarily because our detainee population is higher than what we had anticipated, that means less beds are available here in the state of Vermont. We have to provide more space out of state," said. Jim Reardon, Department of Finance and Management Commissioner.

The budget will likely be one of the first things that's voted on when the session begins in January. 
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