Former House Minority Leader Don Turner of Milton says the Legislature cannot afford to wait for Congress to let it use federal recovery money to backfill the budget - because needy Vermonters can’t afford to wait, either.
“But now, the Legislature is delaying action on this plan. In fact, they're looking to hold back more than $300 million from Vermonters in need of immediate relief. Why? Well, it's their *hope* that a dysfunctional Congress will come together and allow legislators to use these federal funds for other purposes, like plugging budget holes that existed long before COVID-19. This is wishful thinking at best, and blatantly irresponsible at worst. Holding one's breath for Congress to act is not a winning strategy in any context.”
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