The Peterson Foundation, which tracks government spending, recently came up with a surprising result.
Their economists added up all the funds shipped to each of the 50 states — to state government, to businesses, to individual checks, to hospitals and so on — in response to the pandemic in early 2020 through the end of the year. Here are the results. The feds sent little Vermont $4.8 billion dollars. That comes to $7,729 per person. That sum puts Vermont second among the 50 states, trailing only New York, which got $7,840 per person. Even so, the state budget department is projecting a $180 million General Fund shortfall for next year.
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