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- The Vermont budget should be accountable to Vermonters
The Governor's budget proposal address stated that we are in
fiscally better shape than most of the other states and continued
to say what every other governor says, "...more tough choices and
restraint, as we confront continued uncertainty about the fiscal
crisis in Washington." In other words, because we don't know how to
change our budget process we need to impose austerity!
While many things about Vermont may be better than other states,
we are identical in these perceived challenges because we continue
to create a budget using archaic budgeting methods. The Vermont
Workers' Center has been asking that our vision to create a budget
be participatory by allowing continuous community input to set the
goals for what people need and to create the budget based on those
needs. It should be transparent. How many people understand
the current process or the final outcome?
Ultimately, The Vermont Workers' Center is concerned that
Vermonters will continue to be forced to scavenge for what is left
after austerity is applied to the public sectors. The Vermont
budget should be accountable to Vermonters, not to Washington DC or
to the profit driven private sector.
Instead of cost shifting we want the burdens to be shared
equitably so that Vermonter's fundamental needs are met. What I am
asking is that our legislative body step outside their comfort zone
and pay attention to the Workers' Center's People's Budget which
addresses the human rights of the residents of Vermont. In other
words, put people first.
Sharon Racusin, Norwich, Vt.