Pro Tem Ashe: “Tell us the program you want to get rid of” – Vermont Daily

Last week a caller to VPR’s Vermont Edition told Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe the legislature should “tighten its belt” and cut spending to meet the expected $400 million 2021 budget deficit. In response, Ashe asked: “tell us the program you want to get rid of.”

“We often hear when we go back to our constituents, people will rightly say, ‘government spends too much,’ Ashe said on VPR’s Vermont Edition Thursday May 7 (35 minute mark). “And we ask the same question – ‘tell us the program you want to get rid of.’ And that’s much harder, because the more you scrutinize the state budget, with the Great Recession and the austerity years, there’s not a lot of fat on the state budget. If you trim here and there, it’s usually very small numbers, not the kind of thing that really digs yourself out of a multi-hundred dollar program.”

“Which is not to say that we will throw in the towel and give up,” Ashe said. He hopes Gov. Scott will become less ‘rigid’ about increasing taxes. He hopes the federal government will let states plug the deficit with federal recovery money ($1.2 billion for Vermont). But on one point Ashe is absolutely certain: “cuts alone cannot deal with a $427 million deficit.”



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  • wm Nails
    commented 2020-05-28 12:49:53 -0400
    Let’s start with any ‘benefits’ for illegals.
    State pensions and all other unfunded liabilities, (they’re not going to amount to much once inflation takes its toll now that we’re moving to the UBI economy).
    Frankly there are no shortage of ‘benefits’ scams being perpetrated against working Vermont that the official professionals dismiss as antidotal in order to justify their positions.
    If we began with those we’d have a surplus overnight.
  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2020-05-16 18:11:11 -0400
    How about getting rid of the program that entices Flatlanders to run for political office ?