Vt. winner inherits $120M deficit

Vt. winner inherits $120M deficit

There are 9 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Aug 2, 2010, titled Vt. winner inherits $120M deficit. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

Deb Markowitz says she'll buy her own lunch. No need for the state to spend $16,000 a year on her meals, as it currently does through a per-diem allotment for the governor, she says.

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Deployed in Afghanistan

United States

#2 Aug 2, 2010
$16,000 a year for meals! Some people in VT are trying to survive on that figure, and thats just one state elected official getting per-diem. You dont have to wonder why middle class vaporized. The rich get richer and the poor pushed further down into the ghettos of poverty.
too costly

Westland, MI

#3 Aug 2, 2010
1- stop this nonsense of non violent first time offenders, this would clear up alot of our states prison space. Instead start a rehab program, where they work for the communities, example.. doctors at the free clinics, lawyers helping the poor , accountants teaching people how to save . Ones with no skills , start clearing our woods and cutting up broken trees for the fuel programs, planting trees ,etc.. its not hard to think of ways to save.

2- You state to lower health care tax junk food, How about we also have requirements of state officials and law enforcement . I am appalled we allow these officers to become so over weight and that is a tax burden to tax payers as well . That will eventually effect their health and jobs we also pay for.
examples: I was at a local court and the sheriff was eating junk and drinking pepsi , and was very over weight, I saw at least 4 who could use a diet and exercise.
Correctional officers and workers, one sitting behind a desk I saw was obese! We pay for that health care.

3- I totally agree with Deployed in Afghanistan, we should not be paying for these expenses at any level.To many Vermonters are homeless and going without. This is abuse on the highest levels.

I personally am looking for a Governor who cares more about the people than himself and fighting about parties or he said she said problems. We have had enough of that childishness acts over the last eight years, Douglas can't be gone fast enough.
Cloe

Newfane, VT

#4 Aug 2, 2010
too costly wrote:
1- stop this nonsense of non violent first time offenders, this would clear up alot of our states prison space. Instead start a rehab program, where they work for the communities, example.. doctors at the free clinics, lawyers helping the poor , accountants teaching people how to save . Ones with no skills , start clearing our woods and cutting up broken trees for the fuel programs, planting trees ,etc.. its not hard to think of ways to save.
2- You state to lower health care tax junk food, How about we also have requirements of state officials and law enforcement . I am appalled we allow these officers to become so over weight and that is a tax burden to tax payers as well . That will eventually effect their health and jobs we also pay for.
examples: I was at a local court and the sheriff was eating junk and drinking pepsi , and was very over weight, I saw at least 4 who could use a diet and exercise.
Correctional officers and workers, one sitting behind a desk I saw was obese! We pay for that health care.
3- I totally agree with Deployed in Afghanistan, we should not be paying for these expenses at any level.To many Vermonters are homeless and going without. This is abuse on the highest levels.
I personally am looking for a Governor who cares more about the people than himself and fighting about parties or he said she said problems. We have had enough of that childishness acts over the last eight years, Douglas can't be gone fast enough.
VERY well stated! We MUST get Vermont back on track, unfortunately a Dubie ticket will only continue the Douglas fiasco.
Anywhere

White Plains, NY

#5 Aug 2, 2010
Since our state has lower unemployment than most states, maybe Governor Douglas' programs have worked.
Republicrat

Bellows Falls, VT

#6 Aug 2, 2010
Anywhere wrote:
Since our state has lower unemployment than most states, maybe Governor Douglas' programs have worked.
No he sat on his hands and did very little except try to throw roadblocks in front of the state Congress. He is, however, quite happy to take credit for Vermont being in better shape than most jobwise.
Anywhere

White Plains, NY

#7 Aug 2, 2010
Republicrat wrote:
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No he sat on his hands and did very little except try to throw roadblocks in front of the state Congress. He is, however, quite happy to take credit for Vermont being in better shape than most jobwise.
Give me examples of what the legislature did to keep the unemployment lower than most states.
stanleystanley

Brattleboro, VT

#8 Aug 2, 2010
It is poetic justice that some of the democratic candidates who are going to inherit this deficit were the same people who led the charge to override Douglas's veto of the budget two years ago. And they are the same people who have been advised they needed to do more and refused to do so.

That veto override was a huge mistake and everyone should ask Shumlin about it every chance we get.
TNB

Memphis, TN

#9 Aug 2, 2010
So mow we have the chance to elect our next Govenor from the ranks of the worst and inept legislature in Vermonts' history.Let Shumlin get in and you'll end up with California style deficits.....
Michel LaLiberte

Middletown Springs, VT

#10 Aug 4, 2010
One candidate I will Not vote for is Shumlin, maybe we could convince someone from New York to come and run.

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