Shumlin makes the rounds of county

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Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday made his first visit to the county since taking office in January, pitching his budget plan and other major initiatives to small business owners, child care providers and doctors.
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#2
Feb 22, 2011
 
it takes a lot of balls to blame the old administration when Shumlin led the override of the budget VETO!
Real Leadership

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#3
Feb 22, 2011
 
Shumlin is showing real leadership and making hard decisions that we need to face up to. Living on deficit spending is over and we must break the status quo which requires sacrifice. I applaud the governor for having the backbone that other politicians rarely exhibit.

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#4
Feb 22, 2011
 
It doesn't take backbone to tax the producers of this state even more. Backbone would require shutting off the spigot of social programs. How about something reasonable, like a year waiting-period before you can qualify for government assistance programs? That would be a better idea than creating an even bigger one like a single-payer system.

“We've got some hoon trouble”

Since: Jan 11

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Feb 22, 2011
 
Abigail Adams wrote:
It doesn't take backbone to tax the producers of this state even more. Backbone would require shutting off the spigot of social programs. How about something reasonable, like a year waiting-period before you can qualify for government assistance programs? That would be a better idea than creating an even bigger one like a single-payer system.
How about a %100 surtax on all income earners?

That way the budget will be balanced in the first year!

God knows they should be required to chip in their 'fair share', eh?
Rob

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#6
Feb 22, 2011
 
Shumlin doesn't have the money for a single payer system, and he knows it. This spells trouble for the state if they pursue it, and he needs to figure out how to shelve the idea and save face at the same time. He has two years. Good luck.

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Feb 23, 2011
 
Max Rockatansky wrote:
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How about a %100 surtax on all income earners?
That way the budget will be balanced in the first year!
God knows they should be required to chip in their 'fair share', eh?
I like it! And more important, our governor and legislators will like it too.
Real Leadership

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Feb 23, 2011
 
Abigail Adams wrote:
It doesn't take backbone to tax the producers of this state even more. Backbone would require shutting off the spigot of social programs. How about something reasonable, like a year waiting-period before you can qualify for government assistance programs? That would be a better idea than creating an even bigger one like a single-payer system.
As I'm sure you've read his budget, you'll agree social programs are hit by more than the provider tax. And as an informed citizen, I'm sure you realize most benefits waiting periods are mandated at the federal level - which you know is not in any governor's control...jeez, everybody likes a rant now and then, but how about shedding some light with all your heat??
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Feb 23, 2011
 
Real Leadership wrote:
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As I'm sure you've read his budget, you'll agree social programs are hit by more than the provider tax. And as an informed citizen, I'm sure you realize most benefits waiting periods are mandated at the federal level - which you know is not in any governor's control...jeez, everybody likes a rant now and then, but how about shedding some light with all your heat??
"As I'm sure you've read his budget, you'll agree social programs are hit by more than the provider tax. "

You're joking right?
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Feb 23, 2011
 

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Yep. Cut off the social programs...you'll pay for them in the end anyway, either in food stamps or prisons.
The Mad Vermonter

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#11
Feb 24, 2011
 
Sure... cut off the programs and maybe they'll be forced to find work instead of hunt, fish, drink beer and whine about how hard it is. Put everyone on state and federal assistance to work doing chores like cleaning up the highways, painting outdoor structures, etc. See how fast the assistance rolls will shrink. Time to tighten things up or the "fat cats" will move away and leave the leeches high and dry.

As for Shumlin, he needs a quick course in some remedial math. Better make sure things add up.

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