VIA looks for greater justice in the state budget
March 16, 2012
VIA leaders who have been researching the state budget that is currently being considered by our legislature are still disappointed in the emphasis on stop-gap measures instead of long-term investment for the Vermonters who need help the most. We would like to see less money spent on prisons and more on crime prevention measures, substance abuse treatment facilities, and sober living options. VIA also supports investment in programs like vocational rehab for developmentally disabled persons, in job training programs for marginalized populations, and in more grants (not loans) to college students and to our state colleges.
Without these investments, more and more Vermonters are forced to choose among heat and food, health care and shelter, a shot at a brighter future and a way to scrape by today. It is not right for anyone to have to make such choices. We ask our legislators and Governor Shumlin: "Please break open the lock on generosity in our state by working for an increase in income taxes for the wealthiest Vermonters to pay for bolder and more innovative investments in our future." We must all share our resources and come together as a community to create the Vermont in which we all want to live.
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