Advocates Say Budget Cuts Put Low Income Vermonters at Risk

Mar 11, 2013

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Low income advocates joined U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Monday to warn that the automatic federal budget cuts will harm low income Vermonters.

Senator Sanders was joined at a news conference at his Burlington office on Monday by Steve Geller, executive director of Southeastern Vermont Community Action. Geller says as many as 4,400 families could be affected by cuts in rental assistance, crisis fuel aid and other emergency assistance programs that help keep families in their homes.

Central Vermont Community Action Council Head Start director Marianne Miller says as many as 170 children out of the 1,500 enrolled in Head Start in Vermont may be affected.

Sanders, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, says to reduce deficits, he is calling for closing tax loopholes that let profitable corporations and wealthy individuals shelter income in offshore tax havens.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.